Rachel N. Remen, MD

About: Rachel N. Remen, MD

  • Role : Core Faculty
  • Website : http://www.rachelremen.com/
  • Experience : 4th year as a Guest Speaker at Dr. Lissa Rankin’s WHMI
  • Specialist in : Rachel Naomi Remen founded The Institute for the Study of Health & Illness (ISHI), a professional training institute founded in 1990 at Commonweal . The Institute

Rachel Naomi Remen, MD is a Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine and Founder and Director of The Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal. She is one of the pioneers of Integrative Medicine and Relationship Centered Care. As a clinician she was a therapist to EOL people and their families for more than 30 years. Dr. Remen is the Founder and Director of The Healer’s Art curriculum for medical students, which is now taught in more than half of American medical schools as well as medical schools in 7 countries.

Through her CME/BRN programs, Dr. Remen has enabled thousands of physicians to recover a sense of passion, calling and meaning in their work. She is co-founder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Retreat Program, one of the first integrative care support groups for cancer patients in America, featured in the groundbreaking 1993 Bill Moyer’s PBS series Healing and the Mind. Dr. Remen’s bestselling books Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories that Heal and My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging have more than four million copies in print and have been published in 22 languages. Dr. Remen has a 60-year personal history of Crohn’s disease, and brings the unique perspective of both physician and patient to her work.

She is one of the pioneers of Relationship Centered Care and Integrative Medicine. US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools has called The Healer’s Art, her groundbreaking curriculum for medical students, “A profoundly innovative curriculum on reintegrating the heart and soul into contemporary medicine and restoring medicine to its integrity as a calling and a work of healing.” The Healer’s Art is now taught yearly in more than half of American medical schools and in medical schools in seven countries abroad. Dr. Remen has been awarded three honorary degrees in recognition of her contribution to medical education and has been the invited speaker at more than two dozen medical school graduations.

Rachel will be a primary presenter during the Launch Weekend Workshop.