1st Edition

Masterclass in Medicine Lessons from the Experts

Edited By Marcy B. Bolster, Jason Liebowitz, Philip Seo Copyright 2025
    230 Pages 4 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    230 Pages 4 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Nearly every medical school around the world teaches a class about the clinical foundations of medicine and how to start the process of becoming a skilled and caring physician. However, there has never been a book on it—until now. This premier text brings together talented and renowned physicians from across the globe in order to discuss important topics related to clinical excellence, including humility, empathy, and ingenuity in medicine. Students, physicians-in-training, and health care professionals will gain tremendous knowledge by hearing the stories of what these master clinicians have learned from their patients and colleagues, thereby providing a foundation in how to achieve greatness as a clinician.


    • Features engaging patient stories and personal reflections from a diverse set of authors
    • Explores successes, failures, and lessons learned that cut across all fields of medicine
    • Serves as a comprehensive meditation on master clinicianship that is ideal for courses in clinical foundations of medicine

    1. The Good Doctor
        Dr. David Johnson
    2. Personomics
        Dr. Roy Ziegelstein
    3. Diagnosis
        Dr. Jerome Kassirer
    4. Fun Stuff
        Dr. Suzanne Koven
    5. Mentorship in Medical Education and Training
        Dr. Theodore Stern
    6. Empathy
        Dr. James Kahn
    7. Clinical Reasoning and Judgment
        Dr. Stephen Paget
    8. Practicing Principled Medicine
        Dr. Jerome Kassirer
    9. Diversity
        Dr. John Co
    10. Peer Learning
         Dr. Roy Phitayakorn
    11. Establishing and Maintaining Relationships with Patients
          Dr. Ronald Anderson
    12. Communicating a Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
    Plan: A Patient’s Journey
          Dr. Rache Simmons
    13. Humanism in Medicine
          Dr. Rick Silver
    14. Bach on the Hudson, or the Transformative Creativity of
         Dr. Rita Charon
    15. Partnering with Patients
         Dr. David Hellmann
    16. A Medical Education
         Dr. David Pisetsky
    17. At the Bedside and Beyond: Improving Health Through Patient Advocacy
         Dr. Michele Barry
    18. Respect
          Dr. Dean Winslow
    19. Communication and Collaboration
          Dr. Sharon Solomon
    20. Biosocial Medicine
          Dr. Ralph Horwitz and Dr. Mark Cullen
    21. Professionalism and Ethics in Medicine
          Dr. Robert Lahita
    22. Dealing with Uncertainty
           Dr. Arabella Begin and Dr. Katrina Armstrong
    23. Falling Short
           Dr. Vicki Jackson and Dr. Daniel Shalev
    24. Physician Burnout
          Dr. Marcela del Carmen
    25. Saying Goodbye
          Dr. Nancy Allen


    Jason Liebowitz, MD

    Jason Liebowitz, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. His research and writings have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Arthritis Care and Research, and The Journal of Graduate Medical Education. He is a co-editor of the textbook Clinical Innovation in Rheumatology: Past, Present, and Future and a co-editor of the textbook series Interdisciplinary Rheumatology. He has a strong interest in medical education and serves as the co-director of the Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology medical student course at Columbia University.

    Philip Seo, MD, MHS

    Philip Seo, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and the Rheumatology Physician Editor for UpToDate. He was the Director of the Johns Hopkins Vasculitis Center and the Director of the Johns Hopkins Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program for 11 years, and recently completed his tenure as Physician Editor for The Rheumatologist, a publication of the American College of Rheumatology.  In 2021, he received the American College of Rheumatology's Distinguished Clinician Scholar Award, which is awarded annually to a rheumatologist who makes outstanding contributions in clinical medicine, clinical scholarship, or education.

    Marcy B. Bolster, MD
    Marcy B. Bolster, MD is a rheumatologist and the Director of the Rheumatology Fellowship Training Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. She is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has a strong interest in medical education across the spectrum of learners, and she has helped train more than 70 rheumatology fellows.  Her commitment to medical education focuses on curriculum design, assessment, mentorship, and professionalism.  She is the recipient of the 2019 American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Program Director Award, the 2019 Partners (now Mass General Brigham) Outstanding Program Director Award, and the 2021 Arthritis Foundation Marian Ropes Lifetime Achievement Award.