Mind-Body Expert Dr. Herbert Benson Speaks at Weill Cornell Medical College
He Will Address Ways to Counteract the Harmful Effects of StressWHO:
Dr. Herbert Benson
Thursday, April 6, 2006
Weill Cornell Medical College
1300 York Avenue between 69th and 70th Street
Dr. Herbert Benson, a world-renowned expert on the connection between mind and body, will speak at Weill Medical College of Cornell University on the subject of stress. The lecture is titled "The Relaxation Response: How to Counteract the Harmful Effects of Stress." One of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing to medicine, Dr. Benson was recently featured in a story in The New York Times that described his randomized trial of intercessory prayer in cardiac surgery patients, finding that prayer did not improve outcomes. He is also the founding president of the Mind-Body Medical Institute and is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author of more than 175 scientific publications and 11 books.
Dr. Benson is the Holly Andersen Visiting Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell, a professorship made possible by a gift from the Raymond and Beverly Sackler family. Dr. Benson will be introduced by Dr. Ralph Nachman, chairman of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell. Dr. Mary Charlson, the executive director of the Weill Cornell Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, will host Dr. Benson during his visit. Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld, the recipient of the 2006 prestigious Greenberg Award, was instrumental in organizing the lectureship, which is dedicated to Dr. Holly Andersen, an outstanding Weill Cornell cardiologist.
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