Rana Awdish, MD

Rana Awdish

Dr. Rana Awdish is the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a Critical Care Physician. She also serves as Medical Director of Care Experience for the Henry Ford Health System. Dr. Awdish’s mandate as well as her passion is to improve the patient experience across the system.

After suffering a sudden critical illness herself in 2008, she has become a tireless activist, refocusing her fellow providers on the patient experience and improving empathy through connection and communication. She lectures to physicians, hospital leadership and medical schools around the country. Her book, In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope, has been featured in the Washington Post, the Times, the BBC, NPR, Huffington PostToday show online, the Telegraph, and the Daily Mail. It is also an LA Times Bestseller. Rana Awdish has written for Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, as well as the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Awdish received the Schwartz Center’s National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award in 2017. She was named Physician of the Year by Press Ganey in 2017 for her work on improving communication. She was named Henry Ford Hospital’s Critical Care Teacher of the Year in 2016. She was awarded the Speak-Up Hero award in 2014 for her work establishing a workshop based program called CLEAR (Connect, Listen, Empathize, Align, Respect), which trains faculty and trainees in relationship-based communication skills utilizing improvisational actors.

Prior to coming to Henry Ford, Dr. Awdish completed her training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan. She attended Wayne State University Medical School, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

She lives in Michigan with her husband Randy, their son Walt, and a very old tabby cat named Lexy and a new Ragdoll kitten named Dephine. Her hobbies include Ashtanga yoga, cooking and oil painting. You can follow Rana Awdish on Facebook and Twitter.

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