Grand Rounds Session for Swedish Medical Center

Sep 1, 2023 | Current Programs

Seattle – October 11, 2023, 12:15 – 1:00 pm PT

Reflections from 45 years of Mindfulness in Medicine: 

Inspiring Insights and Profoundly Practical Applications in Clinical Practice

With Dr. Joel Levey, Founder, Wisdom at Work

NOTE: This lecture is part of the events in conjunction with our the 27th Annual Pain Management & Sports Medicine Symposium, on Friday, October 13 in Seattle, WA.

Drawing insights from more than 45 years of clinical practice, research, and mindfulness practice, this special Grand Rounds session with Dr. Joel Levey will offer an introduction to the wise applications of mindfulness in medicine. As providers, mindfulness is a vital key to our own personal care and resilience, as well as to the quality of deep listening, presence, and care that we embody and convey as we interact with our patients and staff.  

This inspiring session will illuminate the profound practicality of the mindfulness disciplines, and the depth, power, and simplicity of its varieties of practice for mastering attention, self-regulation, and cultivating a quality of presence, to integrate into every aspect of your daily life and work.  

Whether you are new to mindfulness or a seasoned practitioner, this session will offer a wealth of insights and inspiration with immediate application and value. 


            Dr. Joel Levey has been a respected pioneer in the field of mindfulness and medicine, having introduced thousands of physicians and nurses around the world to mindfulness and the contemplative sciences. As director of Group Health’s Biofeedback and Stress Management Program and Pain Clinic, he established one of the very first mindfulness based clinical programs in the Western world back in the 1970s. With his wife Michelle, Dr. Levey has helped to inspire the development of mindful leaders, teams, and cultures in a variety of large medical centers, including: Swedish, Providence, Kaiser, Group Health Cooperative, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, University of Washington Medical School, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, St. Joseph’s Medical Centers, School of Medicine at University of Auckland (NZ), and with physicians from hundreds of medical centers around the globe. With colleagues from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, they offered annual programs at the ASA conferences, teaching mindfulness and resilience skills to anesthesiologists from around the world. They also served as Directors of Advanced Mind Fitness and Biocybernautic Training for the once secret Jedi Warrior Training Program for the U.S. Army Special Forces. (Watch for their forthcoming new book on this – A Special Kind of Courage: Taking to Heart the Wisdom of Evolutionary Tactics from the Special Forces’ Secret Jedi Warrior Program For Deep Resilience in Turbulent Times – Fall 2024)

The Leveys also served as adjunct clinical faculty for the University of Minnesota Medical School, and as special advisors for the British Parliament’s historic Mindful Nation Report, which recommended the inclusion of mindfulness in medicine nationwide. Their written works include: Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness; Focus!; Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World, Wisdom at Work; The Fine Arts of Relaxation, Concentration, & Meditation: Ancient Skills for Modern Minds. 

Please explore some recent journal articles and a podcast from their work with mindfulness and medicine:

Clinical Radiology – Podcast on “Mindful Leadership”:

Mindful Leadership for Personal and Organisational Resilience

Mindful Leadership at HERE (Medical Center, Sussex, UK)