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The Lawrence and Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine

The Lawrence & Nancy Golden Memorial Lectureship on Mind-Body Medicine was founded in 2001 to expand the traditional medical model to a bio-psycho-social and spiritual model of care.

Each year, a distinguished lecturer is invited to the University at Buffalo to present the “Golden Lectureship." The primary audience is first- and second-year students in the medical school. The lecture reinforces the theme of Dr. Golden’s teaching career—that there is an interaction among the brain, mind, body, and spirit.

Mind-Body Medicine focuses on the interactions among the physical body, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions as related to health. For the Goldens, mind-body medicine also required a successful interaction between physician and patient.

Dr. Golden was a successful practitioner of diagnostics and treatment of heart conditions, but he was also recognized as an outstanding teacher of bedside manner. The “Walk and Talk” clinic that Lawrence Golden founded along with his wife, Nancy, a family therapist, also emphasized the importance of social support and spirituality in the recovery of patients from life threatening illnesses. 

The Golden Lecture series is similarly broad based to provide an opportunity to hear an outstanding lecturer speak on a topic enlightening to medical students, faculty, and the larger community.

2019 Golden Lectureship

Ilan Wittstein, MD.

We are proud to announce the 2019 Golden Lectureship will be held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 12pm, in room 2120B at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  The title of the lecture is “Broken Heart Syndrome: Unraveling the Complexities of the Heart-Mind Connection."  The lecture is free and open to the public.  Our featured lecturer is Ilan S. Wittstein, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Wittstein is also the Director of the Advanced Heart Failure training program and the Director of Johns Hopkins Cardiology International.

In Feb. 2005, his manuscript in the New England Journal
of Medicine brought international attention to the then
poorly recognized syndrome of Stress Cardiomyopathy
(Broken Heart Syndrome), a syndrome of acute
myocardial stunning that is believed to be sympathetically
His research interests are focused on the connection
between acute emotional and physical stress and
myocardial function and the effects of neurologic injury
on myocardial contractility. He has lectured and
published extensively on this topic and recently
co-chaired an international consensus document on this
condition. He is internationally recognized as one of the
world’s leading authorities on Broken Heart Syndrome
and stress related cardiac disease.