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Presence champions the human experience in medicine.

Being present is essential to the well-being of both patients and caregivers, and it is fundamental to establishing trust in all human interactions. Being present is integral to the art and the science of medicine and predicates the quality of medical care.

The experience of suffering and the care of those who are suffering are the most poignant of human experiences. We believe both of these can be better addressed in society and in our health care systems.

Our goal is to foster research, dialogue, and multidisciplinary collaboration to produce measurable and meaningful change in health care.

Presence is unifying the best talent to strengthen the human dimension in medicine and medical education.

Our Areas of Strategic Focus

Harnessing technology for the human experience in medicine

Studying and advocating for the patient-physician relationship

Reducing medical errors

Latest News

Physician, author Abraham Verghese receives National Humanities Medal

Abraham Verghese, MD, the critically acclaimed author, was honored at a White House ceremony for helping to deepen the nation’s understanding of the human experience.

The Importance Of Being

Good patient care is found not on a computer screen but in being truly present with patients.

Presence – CASBS Fellowship

New in 2017–18, a fellowship with the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) will support one fellow who will be engaged in nudging forward the strategic focus of Presence.

Online applications will be accepted through November 4, 2016.