The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare: Yes, Empathy Can Be Taught!

This Compassion in Action webinar will be presented by Helen Riess, MD, Director of the Empathy and Relational Science Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Riess is also the Co-Founder, Chief Scientific Officer and Chairman of Empathetics LLC, which offers scientifically based empathy education.


She has devoted her career to teaching and research on the neuroscience and art of the patient-doctor relationship. Her research team conducts translational research utilizing the neuroscience of emotions and has demonstrated the effectiveness of empathy training in pilot studies and through a randomized controlled trial. Dr. Riess is an internationally recognized speaker, researcher and clinician. Her work has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and other leading medical journals. She is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine and did her residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.