In This Conversation We Discuss:
- Life takes us down paths we thought we did not want to go down
- The art of medicine
- Facial mirroring and therapeutic effect
- Brain concordance in the patient practitioner relationship
- Psychosocial analgesia
- Using our own nervous system to get a glimpse of what a patient is experiencing
- The importance of being able to forget
- The difference between compassion and empathy
- Neuroplasticity and pain
Never take your clinic home with you. Favor compassion over empathy, and your patients will be better for it.
Vitaly Napadow, L.Ac, PhD
I am a Professor at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, where I am also the Director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging (CiPNI). I received my PhD in biomedical engineering from MIT and Harvard Medical School. Somatosensory, cognitive, and affective factors all influence the malleable experience of chronic pain, and my Lab has applied human functional and structural neuroimaging to localize and suggest mechanisms by which different brain circuitries modulate pain perception.