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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.

  • 2021 - Timothy Scarella, MD

    Health Anxiety and ‘Unexplained’ Symptoms: A Useful Formulation

    Timothy Scarella.

    Tim Scarella, MD, is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, a staff Psychiatrist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA, and an Associate Training Director of the BIDMC Harvard Psychiatry Residency Training Program.

    He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University and completed his residency in psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry program.

    In addition to seeing patients on the Consultation Liaison and Ambulatory services at BIDMC, he teaches and supervises residents in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.

    He has been awarded the Henry G. Altman Award for excellence in medical education, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring at BIDMC, and the Faculty Teaching Award for the Harvard-Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program.

    He has worked with residents on scholarly projects involving resident wellness and educational curricula. His main clinical interest is in the evaluation and treatment of health anxiety and somatic symptom disorders.