Finger Lakes Dialog

October 29, 2021, 12:00-5:00; October 30, 2021, 9:00-1:00 

Sponsored by Relationship Centered Health Care  


Organizational Professionalism: How organizations can be more accountable for their impact on society

This year’s guest presenter, Dr. Barry Egener, led the development of the Charter on Professionalism for Health Care Organizations. This project grew out of work on fostering professionalism among medical practitioners and the recognition that individual behavior was heavily influenced and constrained by the behavior of the organizations in which they work. While originating in healthcare, the principles in the charter are universally applicable. 

We invite you to come hear Barry’s ideas and share your own. With a maximum of 20 participants, this program will be highly interactive and participative, featuring plenary and small group conversations and individual reflection, all moderated by Finger Lakes Dialog host Tony Suchman. ,  This program will also give you an opportunity to experience the beautiful views, forest trails and vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region. It will be held at an artist’s private hillside home and studio in Montour Falls, NY and includes dinner in a restaurant overlooking Seneca Lake.



Barry Egener is a semi-retired internal medicine physician who lives with his wife Teresa in Ashland, Oregon. He practiced and taught internal medicine for 35 years in Portland, Oregon, where his 2 sons currently reside. Currently  he is building a wellbeing program for Asante Health in southern Oregon. He is former president of the Academy for Communication in Healthcare, former medical director of The Foundation for Medical Excellence, and is a member of the board of directors of the Institute for Communication in healthcare, 3 organizations which teach medical communication. When he was a director of the American Board of Internal Medicine his interest in communication skills broadened to professionalism. He co-developed the concept of organizational professionalism with Walter McDonald, MD, and published 2 articles on the subject. When he is not working (which is most of the time now) he and his family enjoy the many cultural and outdoor attractions of Ashland, Oregon: skiing, backpacking, and the Shakespeare Festival.Tony Suchman is a practicing physician, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Founder and Senior Consultant at Relationship Centered Health Care, LLC. Drawing upon diverse interests and experiences, his work focuses on improving human interaction and collaborative decision-making across all levels of healthcare - from the front lines of patient care to the executive suite and board room.

His most recent book, Leading Change in Healthcare: transforming organizations using complexity, positive psychology and Relationship-centered Care, has recently been published by Radcliffe Publishing. Tony is a board member of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative (RCRC) and has been certified by the RCRC on interventional Uses of the Relational Coordination Survey. He co-leads a national program on leading change in healthcare called Leading Organizations to Health (LOH). Tony lives in Rochester with his wife, artist Lynne Feldman.

Time, Location, Travel
The workshop will take place from noon—5:00 on Friday, October 29 and 9:00—1:00 on Saturday, October 30, 2021; the restaurant dinner will take place Friday evening at 7:30 pm. The workshop site in Montour Falls is a half-hour drive from Ithaca and Elmira-Corning (the closest regional airports) and a 90-100 minute drive from Rochester (the closest airport served by all major airlines). Local accommodations (not included in the registration fee) include luxury hotels, streamside cottages, Bed & Breakfasts (each with their own unique personality) and comfortable inexpensive motels.  We will provide detailed driving and accommodation directions to registrants.


To Register
The $750 registration fee includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday and the dinner on Saturday evening. You can register online or complete the registration form and send it along with your check (payable to Relationship Centered Health Care, LLC) to:The $750 registration fee includes lunch on Friday and Saturday and the dinner on Friday evening. You can register online at or complete the form below and send it along with your check (payable to Relationship Centered Health Care, LLC) to:

Anthony Suchman, MD
Relationship Centered Health Care, LLC
277 Goodman Street North, Suite 311
Rochester, NY 14607

Space is limited, with a maximum of 20 participants. Reservations will be accepted in the order in which they are received. The registration fee is non-refundable after September 1, but the registration may be transferred to another individual.

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For More Information
If you have questions, please contact Tony Suchman at or 585.721.9187.