Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA is Executive Director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has been the Director of the renowned Stress Reduction Clinic since 1996 and has made pioneering advances in Mind-Body and Integrative Medicine, through the clinical application of meditation and mindfulness in contemporary medical and health care settings.
Dr. Santorelli has co-authored scientific papers on the clinical application of mindfulness and has written a number of articles and monographs on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) that specifically address MBSR teacher formation, competency, and readiness. He has directed particular attention to the development of self-knowledge and the education of the inner life of health care professionals and to understanding and articulating the dynamics of the patient-practitioner relationship when viewed through the lens of mindfulness. Likewise, he has written and presented about the converging roles of medicine and mindfulness in the relief of suffering and the innate ability of medical patients to learn how to more effectively care for themselves through training in mindfulness practices. His book, Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine explores, in detail, the confluence of these multiple areas of inquiry.
Since 1980, Dr Santorelli has worked with thousands of medical patients and has educated and helped mentor a generation of practitioners of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR); he has trained hundreds of leaders and innovators in the private and public sectors, prison inmates and correctional facilities staff, clergy, and thousands of health care professionals in the US and internationally. A teacher for more nearly four decades, he has taught in every phase of formal education from pre-K to post-graduate education with a particular focus on the application and integration of mind-body and mental training approaches in contemporary educational settings and subject areas. Since 1987, he has engaged in the creation and delivery of innovative programs in academic medical education
In his tenure as Executive Director he has:
o founded Oasis – an institute for mindfulness-based professional education and innovation within the Center for Mindfulness,
o instituted in 2003 and Chairs an annual international scientific conference focused on mindfulness-based clinical care, research and education,
o established a comprehensive professional certification program in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR),
o extended the Center’s professional education and training program onto five continents,
o increased several fold the Center’s philanthropic efforts,
o developed and implemented with his colleagues a wide-range of innovative “crossover” programs and services designed to make mindfulness more accessible to organizations, institutions, and governmental agencies outside of medicine and health care, including ground-breaking efforts focused on the integration of mindfulness skills and approaches into corporate leadership education and mainstream elementary and secondary education for teachers and students.
Dr. Santorelli is a founding member and an elected Executive Committee member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine and is a Fellow of the Fetzer Institute. He has been a visiting professor at McGill University Medical School and was the Lydia Rapport Visiting Professor at the Smith College graduate school of social work in the summer of 2006. He is an internationally-recognized lecturer and workshop presenter.
Lesley University, MA, 1983
University of Massachusetts (Amherst) EdD, 1992
On Going Projects/Grants:
Principal Investigator, Mindfulness-Based Adolescents Program. Globe Foundation, September 2007- January 2009
Chair, 7th annual international scientific conference – Investigating and Integrating Mindfulness into Medicine, Health Care, and Society
Oversight of Oasis – An Institute for Mindfulness-Based Professional Education and Innovation (within the Center for Mindfulness) (CME)
Mindful Leadership: Corporate Leadership Education Programs and Services (within Center for Mindfulness)
Academic: Physician, Patient, and Society (PPS I); Mindfulness for Medical Students; Individual mentoring of students interested in mind-body medicine and mindfulness; medical and surgical residents
Professional Education and Training: International CME Professional Education and training;
Seminars, keynote addresses, presentations, and workshops in US and abroad (yearly)
Executive Director, UMMS Center for Mindfulness in Medicine,Health Care, and Society; Director, Stress Reduction Clinic; Founding member and UMMS representative to Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (41 US and Canadian medical schools);
Member: Senior Advisory Group –Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine (UMMS)