I ask Dr. Ralph Snyderman M.D., “The Father of Personalized Medicine,” the Director of the Duke Center for Personalized Health Care to define the “PERSON,” the human subject, the beneficiary of the Health Care Plan called Personalized Health Care.

Rudra Narasimham Rebbapragada


Recruiting The Dalai Lama To Bring Compassion Back Into Medicine

By DANA TERRY & FRANK STASIO AUG 9, 2019The State of Things


Image of Ralph Snyderman with the Dalai Lama.

Ralph Snyderman spoke with the Dalai Lama at the leader’s residence in India last year.


Ralph Snyderman is known as “The Father of Personalized Medicine.” He used to oversee the selection of medical students at Duke University in his role as chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and Dean of the Duke School of Medicine. He focused on admitting students who showed a clear desire for empathy and to serve the needs of others.

But he realized compassionate care is difficult to achieve in the current health system in the United States because of a variety of factors. Snyderman now directs the Duke Center for Personalized Health Care. His mission is to create more personalized and compassionate ways of delivering medicine. Earlier this year he published a conversation he had with the 14th Dalai Lama about how to foster that change. The revelations from that conversation became a manuscript entitled “Compassion and Health Care: A Conversation with the Dalai Lama” recently published in the medical journal “Academic Medicine.” 

Host Frank Stasio talks to Snyderman about the importance of empathy in medicine, what the Dalai Lama had to say on the subject and what changes he hopes to see in medical care.


Published by WholeDude

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