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Anna Reisman, MD, a general internist, directs the Yale Program for Humanities in Medicine and the Yale Internal Medicine Residency Writers' Workshop. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in Slate, the New York Times, Cognoscenti, the Atlantic, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and elsewhere.
Dhruv Khullar, M.D., M.P.P. is a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a researcher at the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research. He is also a contributor at the New York Times, where he explores the intersection of medicine, health policy, and economics. He recently worked in the ABC News Medical Unit, helping to curate and communicate evolving health stories, and was previously at the White House Office of Management and Budget (O.M.B.), focusing on Affordable Care Act implementation.Dr. Khullar completed his training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and earned his medical degree (M.D.) at the Yale School of Medicine. He also received a Masters in Public Policy (M.P.P.) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. His work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, Slate, and other lay and academic publications. He was recognized by LinkedIn as one of the Top 10 Healthcare Professionals Under 35, and by the National Minority Quality Forum as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Health.
Christy Di Frances, PhD, MA, is Senior Program Manager in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Faculty Development & Diversity, where she directs the Narrative Medicine Initiative and leads the creation of the Narrative Medicine Toolkit & Curriculum for Harvard Medical School faculty and trainees with appointments at the hospital. Christy holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide in Australia and PhD in Literature – with a focus on Scottish Studies – from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She writes and publishes fiction, poetry and literary criticism.
Suzanne Koven, M.D. M.F.A. is a primary care physician and writer in residence in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Koven leads literature and medicine and narrative medicine workshops for nurses, doctors, social workers, therapists, medical students, and hospital administrators. Her columns, essays and reviews have appeared in The Boston Globe, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Virginia Quarterly, Psychology Today, New Yorker.com and many other publications. She contributes the interview column "The Big Idea" to The Rumpus. Her first book, Say Hello to a Better Body: Weight Loss and Fitness for Women Over Fifty, appeared in 2012 and she is currently working on a medical memoir. www.suzannekoven.com @SuzanneKovenMD
Rita Charon, Professor of Medicine and Executive Director of the Progrm in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, is a general internist and literary scholar. With colleagues from Columbia, she founded the field of Narrative Medicine in 2000, which has developed into an international teaching, research, scholarly, and activist movement. She is author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness (2006) and co-author of The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (2017). Her scholarship and research are funded by NIH, NEH, Guggenheim, and many private foundations. She publishes and lectures extensively on narrative medicine, narrative ethics, creativity and doubt in medicine, and the works of Henry James.
Kathryn Kirkland, MD, is a professor of medicine and interim chief of the section of palliative medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. She coordinates efforts to promote activities in humanities and narrative medicine in the Department of Medicine, helps facilitate cross-disciplinary activities with colleagues at Dartmouth College, and integrates narrative medicine teaching into medical student and residency training, and faculty development. Dr. Kirkland has received grant support from the Mellon Foundation and the Gold Foundation for work in the medical humanities and narrative medicine. Her interests include the role of narrative practice in delivering effective healthcare and in promoting professionalism and joy in work, both in palliative care and more broadly.
Perri Klass, MD, is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, where she is Director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital, Boston. She has received numerous awards for her work as a pediatrician and educator; including the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award, which recognizes her educational contributions which have had a broad and positive impact on the health and well-being of children and the 2011 Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association. Dr. Klass has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Her nonfiction includes Every Mother is a Daughter: the Neverending Quest for Success, Inner Peace, and a Really Clean Kitchen, which she coauthored with her mother, and Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn't Fit In, which she coauthored with Eileen Costello, M.D. She is also the author of two books about medical training, A Not Entirely Benign Procedure: Four Years as a Medical Student, and Baby Doctor: A Pediatrician's Training, which were reissued in updated editions in 2010. Her most recent books are Treatment Kind and Fair: Letters to a Young Doctor, and The Mercy Rule, a novel, which appeared in 2008. For five years, she wrote the monthly “18 and Under” column for the Science Section of the New York Times.
Dr. Klass is the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read. She ran the National Center from its inception through 2006, during which time the program grew from a single site to a national program with thousands of sites serving millions of children. Through her work at the ROR National Center she has trained thousands of medical providers in the ROR strategies of early literacy promotion. She has spoken extensively on behalf of ROR, including participating in panels at the White House Conference on Global Literacy in September 2006, and at the UNESCO Literacy Conferences in Qatar and Mali in 2007, in addition to presentations at many hospitals and academic medical centers across the United States.
Lisa Sanders is an internist on the faculty of Yale School of Medicine and teaches in the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency program there. In her spare time she writes the monthly Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine and the Think Like a Doctor column in the New York Times Well blog. Her column was the inspiration for the hit television series House MD and she was an advisor for the show. She is the author of the New York Times best seller, Every Patient Tells a Story. She teaches a popular class in writing, open to residents and fellows. Before Sanders came to medical school she was an Emmy award winning producer for CBS News. She is currently at work on a book on diagnostic error.
RAFAEL CAMPO, M.A., M.D., D. Litt., teaches and practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He is also on the faculty of Lesley University’s Creative Writing MFA Program. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a National Poetry Series award, and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry; his third collection of poetry, Diva (Duke University Press, 2000), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Enemy (DUP, 2007), won the Sheila Motton Book Award from the New England Poetry Club, one of the nation’s oldest poetry organizations. In 2009, he received the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award from the American College of Physicians, for outstanding humanism in medicine; he has also won the Hippocrates Open International Prize, one of the highest value awards for a single poem in the world, for original verse that addresses a medical theme. His work has appeared in many periodicals including Commonweal, The Nation, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Poetry, Salon.com, Slate.com, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His newest book Alternative Medicine (DUP, 2013) has recently been the subject of stories on the PBS NewsHour and the CBC’s “Sunday Edition” radio show.
Danielle Ofri is associate professor of medicine at NYU and an internist at Bellevue Hospital. She’s editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, and writes about doctor-patient connection for the New York Times. Her fifth book, “What Patients Say; What Doctors Hear,” will be published in February 2017.