Cincinnati--Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, clinical professor of family and
community medicine at the University of California San Francisco School
of Medicine, will visit the University of Cincinnati (UC) on Thursday, May 17, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Kresge Auditorium in the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Albert Sabin Way.
Remen is the author of the New York Times best seller Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal. Her newest book, My Grandfather's Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging is also a national best seller.
Community, the university's initiative to promote human compassion and
the appreciation of diversity, will sponsor the presentation and
book-signing event. Joseph Beth Bookstores will sell books at the event
"Dr. Remen is a role model of considerable stature who
fits in with the overall principles of Just Community and this year's
theme on personal wellness," said Dorothy Air, PhD, co-chair of a Just
Community committee and assistant dean of student affairs for UC
College of Medicine.
The UC Department of Family Medicine,
Wyoming Youth Services Bureau (a nonprofit social service agency),
along with the Jewish Principals Council of Cincinnati and the Jewish
Federation of Cincinnati will co-sponsor Remen's visit to Cincinnati.
She will make a second presentation on May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Rockdale
Temple, 8501 Ridge Road. Both events are free and open to the public.
is a rare opportunity to have Dr. Remen visit our campus. Her insights
are inspiring to people who teach, learn and serve," said Barbara
Tobias, MD, associate professor of the Department of Family Medicine,
UC College of Medicine. "The stories in her books are positive
reminders of why a person would choose a service profession. Her
compassionate wisdom will resonate with medical students, physicians
and those who touch lives through service."
Remen will share her
personal experience about living with Crohn's disease for 45 years and
how it influences her viewpoint as a physician and patient. Crohn's
disease is a nonspecific, chronic inflammation that affects the
Remen encourages society to progress from
the approach on life of "live and let live" to "live and help live."
Remen prescribes by the practice of "live and help live" as a way to
serve others. "Our capacity to befriend and bless life within ourselves
and others is a step toward a healing society. The original meaning of
medicine is not science, it is service," she said.
presentations across the nation as one of the early pioneers in the
mind/body health field. As the founder and director of the Institute
for the Study of Health and Illness, a professional development program
for graduate physicians, Remen integrates Hippocratic values into her
work to develop greater personal capacity for empathy, compassion,
understanding and communication.