Dr Richard Panush

Photograph. RSP.Medicine is humane science. The “compleat” physician understands this and blends his/her clinical practice with the “art” of medicine. Indeed there is growing and compelling evidence that integrating elements of “humanities” with clinical medicine is salutary for doctors and their patients. This improves professionalism, trust, empathy, compassion, communication, and patient care.

In this issue of “The Medical Student” we reprint two pieces illustrating this. Dr. Richard Panush and his colleagues have developed and studied a classroom and bedside “humanities”-related curriculum for medical residents. These sessions featured faculty-guided discussion of fundamental issues in clinical medical practice, based on selected succinct, powerful, and provocative readings. The experiences were highly valued by residents, and measurably influenced their clinical activities.

Dr. Panush was educated and trained at the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Medical School (AOA medical honorary society), completed internal medicine residency training at Duke University Medical Center, and trained in rheumatology and clinical immunology at the Robert Breck and Peter Bent Brigham Hospitals at Harvard Medical School. He was Professor and C
hief of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the University of Florida, Chairman and Program Director, Department of Medicine, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry – New Jersey Medical School, Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor of Medical Humanities, Drew University, and is currently Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

Dr. Panush has held numerous leadership positions in medicine and rheumatology, including President, Southeast Region American College of Rheumatology; President of the Association of Chiefs and Chairs of Medicine, and recipient of their Distinguished Service Award; President of the National Society of Clinical Rheumatologists; Editor of Postgraduate Advances in Rheumatology; and Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Rheumatology. He has served on numerous editorial and advisory boards, received the American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Service Award is a Master of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Rheumatology. He was honored by Saint Barnabas Medical Center for his distinguished service as Department Chair for 22 years with establishment of the Rena and Richard Panush endowment for Medical Humanities and the Richard S. Panush, MD, Annual Medical Humanities Lecture series. The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey recognized him with its Leadership Award for Humanism in Medicine.

He has written over 600 scientific publications and is widely recognized for his expertise on various aspects of rheumatic diseases and clinical immunology, and for his perspectives on medicine. Dr. Panush’s research has been cited in Time magazine, he has been invited to write about arthritis for Encyclopedia Britannica, and he has been listed in the Best Doctors in America.


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