Time commitment: 2 evening hours once a week for 8 weeks + optional all day Saturday retreat
Current class dates and registration: see Sign-up page

Mindfulness-based stress reduction is a standardized class that for over 35 years has taught non-religious tenets of Buddhism for use in daily life - moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.  It is taught throughout the US and worldwide in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, corporations and professional sports.  Our particular class has been customized to apply mindfulness principles to personal and professional challenges faced by physicians.

Mindfulness Training Benefits for Physicians:

  • One of the only interventions shown to decrease physician burnout
  • Sharpens focus and concentration; improves memory
  • Reduces symptoms of perceived stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improves the ability to respond rather than react in difficult situations
  • Enhances physician-patient communication and rapport
  • Promotes non-judgmental acceptance of self and others


  • The neuroscience of mindfulness meditation. Tang YY, Hölzel BK, Posner MI.  Nat Rev Neurosci. 2015 Apr;16(4):213-25. PMID: 25783612
  • Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter density. Hölzel BK, Carmody J, Vangel M, et. al. Psychiatry Res. 2011 Jan 30;191(1):36-43. PMID: 21071182
  • The impact of a program in mindful communication on primary care physicians. Beckman HB, Wendland M, Mooney C, et. al. Acad Med. 2012 Jun;87(6):815-9. PMID: 22534599
  • Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians. Krasner MS, Epstein RM, Beckman H, et. al.  JAMA. 2009 Sep 23;302(12):1284-93. PMID: 19773563
  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction for healthy individuals: A meta-analysis. Khoury B, Sharma M, Rush SE, Fournier C. J Psychosom Res. 2015 Jun;78(6):519-28. PMID: 25818837
  • A multicenter study of physician mindfulness and health care quality. Beach MC, Roter D, Korthuis PT, et. al.  Ann Fam Med. 2013 Sep-Oct;11(5):421-8. PMID: 24019273 



Mark Abramson

Mark Abramson, DDS, Course Leader, is a faculty member of the Stanford Integrative Medicine Center. He has led the Stanford Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program for 20 years, teaching medical and community groups through the School of Medicine and Health Improvement Program.

Tara Cornaby

Dr. Tara Cornaby, Mindfulness Program Medical Director, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine.  As a Co-founding Director of the Anesthesia Resident Wellness (PRIME) Program, she has incorporated mindfulness training for the residents. She has also initiated research on mindfulness training in a surgical team setting. CAP profile