Ofri presents Dimensions lecture

MOUNT VERNON – Bellevue Hospital physician Dr. Danielle Ofri will present “Singular Intimacies: Using Literature to Bridge the Cultural Gap” at Cornell College’s Kimmel Theatre on Wednesday, March 18, 11:10 a.m.

ofri-customer-photo_color-300dpiThe first 50 attendees will be given a free copy of Ofri’s book Incidental Findings: Lessons from my Patients in the Art of Medicine. The lecture, sponsored by Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare, is free and open to the public.

Ofri is a physician and teacher at the oldest public hospital in the United States, Bellevue Hospital. In her practice and as an assistant professor of medicine at New York University, Ofri has focused on reaching the real humanity of her patients and on teaching young doctors how to do the same.

She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Bellvue Literary Journal, the first literary journal published by a hospital. The journal publishes essays, fiction, and poetry about patients as people and the art of healing.

Incidental Findings is a collection of stories gathered from her time at Bellvue focusing on healing, compassion, and the art of humanely treating the sick. It is her second medical memoir, after Singular Intimacies.

Ofri’s writings have been included in Best American Essays 2002, and Best American Science Writing 2003. She received the Missouri Review Editor’s Prize for nonfiction, and the McGovern award from the American Medical Writers Association.

The lecture is part of an annual series sponsored by the Cornell program Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare. The series addresses the interdisciplinary areas of science, the humanities and the social sciences. Previous programming has featured a lecture former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (2005), a symposium with representatives of the sports medicine and athletic training programs at the University of Iowa, along with football coach Kirk Ferentz (2006), a lecture by Patch Adams (2008), and the author of The God Gene, Dean Hamer (2007).