Renowned Physician Discusses Empathy in Healthcare

Dr. Leonard Calabrese, known for his pioneering work in rheumatology and immunodeficiency, keynotes Health Careers Day.

Cleveland Clinic physician Dr. Leonard Calabrese, known for his pioneering work in rheumatology and immunodeficiency — particularly HIV — discusses “The Art and Science of Empathy in Healthcare” during a Health Careers Day keynote presentation at Alma College.

Dr. Calabrese will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. In recognition of his lifetime of achievements, he also will be presented the honorary doctor of letters degree.

Prior to his keynote lecture, Dr. Calabrese and other professionals will meet with Alma College and high school students to discuss careers in healthcare and medicine. High school students interested in participating in Health Careers Day should contact Jenny Cooley, admissions event and camp coordinator,, (989) 463-7380.

“For generations, Alma’s pre-med program has prepared students for careers in healthcare, and as part of our program we strive for students to meet and interact with great physicians,” says Alma College President Jeff Abernathy. “Dr. Calabrese is a world-renowned physician who has treated some of the most complicated immunological cases in the world. I am grateful he has agreed to visit Alma and discuss the healthcare field with our students.”

Dr. Calabrese has spent his entire career at the Cleveland Clinic. He performed his internal medicine training there and held a fellowship in rheumatic and immunologic disease before serving on staff in that department — where he has remained since 1980.

He is the first and only physician to hold two endowed chairs at the Cleveland Clinic: the RJ Fasenmyer Chair of Clinical Immunology at the RJ Fasenmyer Center for Clinical Immunology and the Theodore F. Classen Chair of Osteopathic Research and Education. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the subjects of clinical immunology, rheumatology and virology and is the author of more than 350 published peer reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews.

He’s worked for more than 30 years on issues related to the treatment of HIV, testifying before Congress and consulting businesses on the bioethical issues surrounding the disease.

Described by patients and colleagues as calm, kind, generous and supportive, Dr. Calabrese emphasizes a humanistic approach to patient care that has earned the trust of thousands of patients throughout the years.

For his many achievements and pioneering role in osteopathic medicine, Dr. Calabrese was named the 2014 Physician of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

Story published on September 10, 2018