Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD.

Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD

Singular Intimacies: Literature as a Bridge between Doctor and Patient

Dr. Danielle Ofri is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the Belleview Literary Review.

She authored Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue (Beacon, 2003; Penquin, 2004) and Incidental Findings: Lessons From my Patients on the Art of Medicine (Beacon, 2005). Dr. Ofri has received numerous awards for her writings.

Dr. Ofri’s lecture was titled “Singular Intimacies: Literature as a Bridge between Doctor and Patient”. Her writings and her lecture focused on the essence of becoming a doctor. At one point during her training she was hospitalized for an illness and she described how this experience taught her important lessons about health care. She said she experienced the real sense of invasion and fear experienced by her patients. She then went on to describe various patients and how they taught her important lessons in the practice of medicine. She describes medical practice as more art than science.