BGR 7/26/16: Stress Reduction, Mindfulness, and Spirituality in Medicine and Health

On the July 26, 2016 Boomer Generation Radio program, the guests are Dr. Diane Reibel, who directs the Stress Reduction Program at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson Health; and Dr. Don Friedman, clinical associate professor of medicine at Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Diane Reibel, Ph.D.
Diane Reibel, Ph.D.

Diane Reibel, PhD, cofounded the Stress Reduction Program at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine in 1996. She has taught mindfulness-based stress reduction programs for more than 16 years. Dr. Reibel has participated in professional training under the direction of Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is certified as an MBSR teacher through UMass Center for Mindfulness. In addition, she is a research associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Jefferson, and studies the effects of mindfulness on physical and psychological health. Her research is published and widely cited in both scientific journals and the popular press. She is coauthor with Don McCown of Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators. Dr. Reibel brings both a scientific foundation and wholeheartedness to her work.



Dr. Don Friedman
Dr. Don Friedman

Donald M. Friedman M.D. received his undergraduate A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1966 and his M.D. from The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1970.  He was trained in Internal Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, RI and Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.  Following his Medical Internship and Residency, he did a Fellowship in Medical-Psychiatric Liaison at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where he learned about the emotional aspects of medical illness. He was also a Fellow in Rheumatology at Temple University Hospital where he was trained to treat arthritis, and musculoskeletal and collagen diseases. For over twenty five years, Dr. Friedman was Chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, a large community teaching hospital in suburban Philadelphia.  He is Board Certified in Rheumatology and Internal Medicine.

Since retiring from medical practice, Dr. Friedman has been interested in Spirituality and Healthcare and has taken courses at Harvard Medical School in the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and at the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health.  He completed a workshop program on SoulCare in HealthCare at The Omega Institute with Drs. Joan Borysenko and Gordon Dverin.  He currently teaches courses in Professionalism, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and the Healer’s Art at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Don has continued to pursue his interests in the emotional aspects of physical illness and the role spirituality can play in one’s health. He regularly attends and participates in workshops related to these issues and lectures to local groups interested in these topics.  Don enjoys writing a column on Spirituality and Healthcare for the website  He gets out in nature whenever he can, while also taking advantage of the cultural opportunities that Philadelphia and New York have to offer.  He has a wonderful sense of humor and loves to laugh. He practices gratitude whenever possible and strongly believes in the role compassion has to play in medicine in particular and life in general.

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