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Always Room for Hope – Dr. Bruce Eisendorf

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 | 7 comments

Living life more fully and deeply is possible for everyone, says Bruce Eisendorf, M.D., a family medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Santa Cruz main clinic. “Whether you have one day or 50 years more to live, have a life-threatening condition or are in intractable pain, there’s always room for improving the quality of one’s life. What’s most important is feeling a connection, some sense of peace and equanimity.”

Dr. Eisendorf has found that a person’s beliefs, state of mind and emotions have a strong impact on health. “I try to connect with people in this sense, always believing that there is hope to love, live and connect more deeply,” he says in this video, which is part of a series highlighting the diverse voices of PAMF physicians.

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  1. Very wonderful and captures the heart of healing and well being. How fortunate for PAMF to have such a wise doctor working for them.

  2. Dr. Eisendorf, my husband and I liked your video. Since my husband, was assigned a doctor he had never met when his primary care physician left, we are looking for a primary care physician. We are strong believers in a physician-patient team as the best approach. Also, I often go with my husband to his medical appointments, and I usually ask many questions. This sometimes bothers physicians, possibly due to time constraints of the appointment. My husband is 68, but fairly healthy with blood pressure and cholesterol well controlled. What are your feelings about patients (and wife) asking lots of questions during a medical appointment?

    • Dear Barbara,

      I like and encourage patients’ questions and dialogue so much that I’ve actually created 3 different types of group visits (shared medical appointments) for my patients to attend and participate in. One of my favorites is the weekly Physical Shared Medical Appointment. Men are grouped together by age and every Wednesday I have different age groups that I see. Everyone is seen first for a private physical exam, and then we have an hour all together to discuss health issues and address questions. Many men don’t have many questions about their health, test results or lifestyle. But, these men benefit from hearing all the questions that others have and participating in that discussion. Most of the men attending these group visits have been highly satisfied. Though all my patients always have the option for private one-on-one visits with me as well.

      Sincerely, Bruce Eisendorf, M.D.

      Bruce Eisendorf, M.D.
      Family Medicine Site Lead
      Palo Alto Foundation Medical – Santa Cruz

  3. In my hospice and palliative care professional training years ago, we encouraged patients and their loved ones to grasp a paradigm shift of hope – there is always hope…the focus of hope shifts and changes. Thank you so much for sharing your perspective – so incredibly important! There is always hope as you so eloquently stated!

  4. Dr. Eisendorf “walks his talk” in that he listens thoughtfully, which connects him more deeply to his patients” actual experiences. His concern for patients” quality of life is evident in his words and manner.

  5. I see Dr Eisendorf is not taking new patients at this time. I am very interested in becoming his patient as he has been recommended to me. I would like a doctor who believes, as he does, in a strong mind/body connection and who is interested in the whole person, not just the symptoms. May I be put on a waiting list? Thank you.

    • Hi Sheryl,

      You can contact PAMF Patient Relations at 1-888-850-4598 and email Patient Relations at with your question. They would be glad to assist you. You can also visit our website at to help find the doctor that is right for you.

      Thank you for your comment and well wishes.

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