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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

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.