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The First Humanism Rounds Honor the Memory and Positive Impact of Dr. Richard Sarkin and Dr. John Paroski

Updated: 2/28/2014

The new Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds, renamed in memory of two highly influential physicians, Dr. Richard Sarkin and Dr. John Paroski, focused, in part, on the namesakes of the Humanism Rounds with those who shared stories about these two great community physicians or a mentor/teacher that significantly impacted careers of those who attended.

This style of rounds is a refocused outgrowth of the Schwartz Center Rounds in which caregivers and others discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise when caring for patients. 

Named to honor the memory and the significance of their impact on developing a humanistic approach to the delivery of health care in Buffalo and throughout the world, the Humanism Rounds will reflect the visions of late Dr. Richard Sarkin and Dr. John Paroski.  The Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds will strive to be a beacon of humanistic patient care at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.  The practice and teaching of compassion and empathetic care are important to reaching this goal.

As the Schwartz Center Rounds did for almost five years, the Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds will occur every two months on the second Friday of the month at 12 noon in Alford Auditorium (except for the first Humanism Rounds on Friday, Feb. 28 at 12 noon).  See the complete schedule below.  Lunch will continue to be provided for those who attend and participate.

The Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds 2014 Schedule:

Friday, February 28
Friday, April 11
Friday, June 13
Friday August 8
Friday, October 10
Friday, December 12

If you have suggestions for future Humanism Rounds, please contact Dr. Colleen Nugent directly at

More information about the Sarkin-Paroski Humanism Rounds will continue to be available and updated online at

Additional information available: