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Amy Nisana Ship ’84


Amy Nisana Ship ’84 is the recipient of the prestigious Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award, given by the Boston-based Kenneth B. Schwartz Center each year. The award recognizes the Massachusetts caregiver who best personifies the Center’s mission to “advance compassionate health care in which caregivers, patients, and their families relate to one another in a way that provides hope to the patient, support to the caregivers, and sustenance to the healing process.” Ship is an internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Warm, intelligent, and humble, Amy is adored and admired by her patients, students, and colleagues for her formidable clinical skills and her big open heart,” says Schwartz Center Executive Director Julie Rosen. In accepting the award, Ship spoke of the importance of small gestures in the doctor-patient relationship—a lesson she teaches her medical students: “Returning the patient’s gaze is one of those powerful small gestures,” she said. “It encapsulates empathy and compassion—being present, fully present to another human being, pausing to look back. To say with our eyes that we are listening, that you are heard.” (LISTEN: Full speech)

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