Dr. Dacher, what originally brought you to Martha’s Vineyard? In the 1970s I moved to Boston to complete my internal medicine residency at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now known as Brigham and Women’s Hospital). I traveled to the Island one weekend a month, serving as the emergency room doctor at the hospital.
What made you give up practicing internal medicine? It became apparent to me that stress was a significant contributor to my patients’ medical problems. My medical education did not train me to address these health concerns, and that’s when I began my studies of meditation and health promotion.
What led you to offer your course at the hospital? The course was originally offered to hospital employees as part of a stress management and wellness program. Now it’s open to the public also.
What’s most gratifying about teaching mindfulness and meditation? Experiencing how significant life changes predictably occur with meditation training — a quieter mind and an ease with day-to-day life can be achieved by any individual.