Bernie Siegel’s Key Accomplishments Include . . .
For many, Dr. Bernie Siegel needs no introduction. He has touched many lives all over our planet. In 1978 Bernie Siegel began talking about patient empowerment and the choice to live fully and die in peace. As a physician who has cared for and counseled innumerable people who’ve been threatened by an illness, Bernie Siegel embraces a philosophy of living and dying that stands at the forefront of the medical ethics and spiritual issues our society grapples with today. He continues to assist in the breaking of new ground in the field of healing and personally struggling to live the message of kindness and love.
Bernie Siegel broke new ground with his monumental book Love, Medicine, and Miracles, in which he explored the powerful role the mind can play in fighting illness. Sharing stories of seriously ill patients who survived against the odds and those who seemed to give in to their own deaths, the book inspired countless readers to consider the possibilities of thinking themselves well.
Bernie Siegel believed–and still does–that the power to heal comes from the human mind through will, determination, and love. Over the last 20 years, his philosophy and advice have led many physicians and other healthcare professionals to help patients participate in and influence their own recovery.
In 1978 Dr. Bernie Siegel originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients’ drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP is based on “carefrontation,” a safe, loving therapeutic confrontation, which facilitates personal lifestyle changes, personal empowerment and healing of the individual’s life. The physical, spiritual and psychological benefits which followed led to Dr. Bernie Siegel’s desire to make everyone aware of his or her healing potential.
Bernie Siegel writes with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care, as well as, empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency. In addition to Love, Medicine & Miracles Bernie Siegel, MD has also authored Peace, Love & Healing and How To Live Between Office Visits. Bernie’s realization that we all need help dealing with the difficulties of life, not just the physical ones, led to Bernie writing his fourth book Prescriptions for Living. It helps people to become aware of the eternal truths and wisdom of the sages through his stories and insights, rather than wait for a personal disaster. Bernie Siegel wants to help people fix their lives before they are broken, and thus not have to become strong at the broken places. Bernie Siegel has also published Help Me To Heal to empower patients and their caregivers and 365 Prescriptions For The Soul, a children’s book about how difficulties can become blessings, Smudge Bunny, 101 Exercises For The Soul and a prescription for parenting book Love, Magic & Mud Pies, Buddy’s Candle, for children of all ages, related to dealing with the loss of a loved one, be it a pet or parent, and Faith, Hope & Healing with survivor stories and reflections about what they teach us.
Motivational, inspirational and down-to-earth, Bernie Siegel’s approach is one of compassion, caring and love coupled with a wonderful sense of humor. His message of hope and love is extended to all who seek a whole person approach for living life fully each day.
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Dr. Bernie Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. Bernie Siegel holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Bernie Siegel retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers.
Bernie Siegel and his wife and co-worker Bobbie, live in New Haven, Connecticut. Bernie and Bobbie have co-authored their children, books and articles.