National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health

Información en Español

Health Topics A-Z

NEW DATE: Drs. Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband to speak at NIH on medical decision making on May 11, 2015

NCCIH presents "When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making"

Media Advisory

This poster shows the date, time, location of the lecture.

For Immediate Release:

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What: The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) will welcome acclaimed authors Jerome Groopman, M.D., and Pamela Hartzband, M.D., as featured speakers for the sixth annual Stephen E. Straus Distinguished Lecture in the Science of Complementary Health Therapies. The husband-and-wife team will present “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making.” Dr. Groopman is the Dina and Raphael Recanati chair of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of experimental medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Hartzband is assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and attending physician in the division of endocrinology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Why: Drs. Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a “medical mind,” a highly individual approach to weighing the risks and benefits of treatment. To ascertain our unique medical minds, they will present probing questions. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist? A believer or a doubter? Do you look for natural healing or the latest technology? Drs. Groopman and Hartzband explain how pitfalls in thinking and the way statistics are presented in pharmaceutical advertisements, the media, and even scientific reports can mislead all of us. The talk will demonstrate the contrast between the roles of population guidelines and the care of the individual, and explain the complexities of end-of-life careall factors that contribute to a person’s “medical mind.” In their talk, Drs. Groopman and Hartzband will weave vivid narratives from real patient experiences with insights from recent cognitive research to demonstrate how to arrive at choices that serve the individual best. 

When: Monday, May 11, 2015, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET

Where: National Institutes of Health, Building 10, 10 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD. Lecture: Masur Auditorium

More information: Details are available on NCCIH's Web site at The lecture will be streamed live at Sign language interpretation will be provided; for other reasonable accommodations call Prachi Patel at 301-275-4769.

Who Should Attend: The event is free and open to the public.

Hosts: Presented by NCCIH and supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health with a generous gift from Bernard and Barbro Osher.

*The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) was formerly the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

About the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH): NCCIH’s mission is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and integrative health approaches and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCIH’s Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health was established by the United States Congress to support the mission of the National Institutes of Health—improving health through scientific discovery. The Foundation identifies and develops opportunities for innovative public-private partnerships involving industry, academia, and the philanthropic community. A nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, the Foundation raises private-sector funds for a broad portfolio of unique programs that complement and enhance NIH priorities and activities. The Foundation’s web site is

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health ®

This page last modified August 10, 2016