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Breaking Bad News – Anthony Orsini, DO of BBN

May 2, 2018


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Dr. Anthony Orsini BBN Program

Chris Duffy’s guest for this episode of the Stillbirth Matters podcast is Dr. Anthony Orsini of the BBN.  

Dr. Orsini is a full-time neonatologist and expert in compassionate communication in medicine. He is currently the Vice-Chairman of Neonatology at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, FL. He also serves as the President of BBN, the organization he founded in 2012 that offers training services to educate professionals in the art and science of compassionate communication. Founding BBN was the culmination of his lifelong passion and over 20 years of research and development. The resulting program, Breaking Bad News P.R.O.G.R.A.M.™, utilizes the best techniques on how to discuss tragic news with patients and families in the most effective and compassionate manner. His proven methods are now being used successfully to help professionals navigate through difficult conversations and improve patient and customer experience.

Dr. Orsini’s interest in compassionate communication began early in his medical training where he was drawn to the specialty of neonatology that required him first to become a pediatrician. He saw the opportunity to help people through more life and death crises presented by specializing in neonatology. He received his D.O. in Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Profoundly impacted by his early career experience and the discovery that even the most successful and well-respected doctors could not offer guidance on communicating catastrophic news, Dr. Orsini began developing the teachable techniques that evolved into the Breaking Bad News P.R.O.G.R.A.M. ™

After medical school, Dr. Orsini completed his training in pediatrics and neonatology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia, PA.  His next move to NYU Langone Medical Center as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Attending Neonatologist, allowed him to further develop his teaching expertise.  Prior to joining Winnie Palmer Hospital, he served as a neonatologist for Atlantic Health Systems in Morristown, NJ, which later became the first BBN Center of Excellence.

Dr. Orsini was a featured presenter at the Stillbirth Summit 2017 in Minneapolis, MN

Learn more about the BBN.


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