Cooper Physician Discusses “Compassionomics” at Upcoming TEDxPenn Event

Stephen W Trzeciak, MD, MPH

Stephen W Trzeciak, MD, MPH

What if doctors spent an extra 40 seconds showing compassion for their patients?  Surprisingly, research shows that those extra 40 seconds can have a tremendous impact for both the patient and the doctor. Stephen W. Trzeciak, MD, an intensivist at Cooper University Health Care and Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, has seen firsthand how powerful that extra care can be through his pioneering research on “Compassionomics” — the scientific study of how compassionate care can make a difference, and the implications of those extra 40 seconds in patient outcomes and health economics.

Dr. Trzeciak will discuss this topic at the TEDxPenn 2018 Conference “in/sight” on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 1-6 p.m. at the Annenberg Theater for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.  More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the event that will feature a talented line up of speakers.

Dr. Trzeciak and research collaborators Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, co-president of Cooper University Health Care, and Brian Roberts, MD, emergency medicine physician, are currently studying the effects of compassion in health care with the hypotheses that compassion can improve patient outcomes, reduce health care costs, and prevent physician burnout. Last year, the research team published an article on the topic in the journal Medical Hypotheses.

TEDxPenn was founded in 2010 by students to spark powerful ideas within the vibrant University of Pennsylvania and greater Philadelphia community to challenge ideas and create positive impacts for the world. Tickets prices start at $20. To learn more about the event or to purchase tickets, visit:


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