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Geriatrician, Writer, and Patient Advocate

Louise Aronson, MD, MFA is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she cares for frail older adults in the Care at Home Program and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities. A geriatrician, Louise received

A Brain Surgeon Finds a Sweet Hobby

After scrubbing out of the OR, most surgeons don’t trade their blue scrubs for a fresh white suit covering every inch from head to toe. But most surgeons aren’t M. Sean Grady, MD, who uses that head-to-toe protection in pursuit of a sweet hobby. Outside

Protecting Human Rights and Animal Rights

Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH is an internist and preventive medicine physician now affiliated with the University of New Mexico and Physicians for Human Rights. For more than a decade, she has cared for patients, evaluated and treated survivors of torture and sexual violence, taught medical

Innovating Hubs of Health

Nick Dawson is the Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and a proponent of human-centered design in health care as a way to create a health system that is more desirable, compassionate and advanced. In the Innovation Hub, he helps lead an innovation

Comic Storytelling in Medicine

Ben Schwartz, MD is a Staff Cartoonist for the New Yorker and an instructor in the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. After graduating from medical school at Columbia University and completing an internship in internal medicine, Schwartz decided

Caring For The LGBT Community Through Psychiatry and Sociology

Petros Levounis, MD, MA is a psychiatrist specializing in behavioral health and addiction medicine, as well as LGBT mental health. He currently serves as chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and chief of service at University Hospital in Newark,

Communicating Science to the Public

James Hamblin, MD, is a writer and senior editor at The Atlantic magazine. He hosts the video series If Our Bodies Could Talk, for which he was a finalist in the Webby awards for Best Web Personality, and will soon release a book under the

Painter and Doctor Uses Art to See the Whole Patient

Dr. Bennett Lorber is the Thomas M. Durant Professor of Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. In addition, Dr. Lorber is an accomplished abstract artist whose work has been exhibited in various commercial and

Narrative Medicine in Practice

Katherine Chretien, MD is chief hospitalist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center and assistant dean for student affairs and associate professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). At SMHS, where she completed the Master Teacher Leadership Development Program, she

Remodeling Healthcare through Architecture

Diana Anderson, M.D., M.Arch, is a “Dochitect®,” or physician-architect who practices internal medicine while exploring architecture’s influence within the hospital walls. She has written for architectural and medical publications such as World Health Design, Healthcare Design Magazine, and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Creating The Nocturnists

  Emily Silverman, MD is a third-year resident in internal medicine at UCSF. Last year, she started a storytelling event for physicians called The Nocturnists, which was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle in May and is described as being like The Moth for physicians.

Inventing from an Anesthesiologist’s Angle

Deye Wei, M.D., is an anesthesiologist-inventor who recently received a U.S. patent for the intubation tube stylet holder, a device that allows for efficient intubation of post-trauma patients. He completed the prototype with his two sons, Chapman and Chaplin. Although Dr. Wei’s childhood dream was

Merging data and technology with clinical medicine

Dr. Amar K. Das, MD, PhD is director of healthcare effectiveness research at IBM Research, where he leads initiatives in outcomes research agenda of the new division by proposing, modeling, and carrying out clinical studies of informatics solutions. Prior to joining IBM, he spent four years

Playing Music in Medical School

Joseph Park is a second-year medical school student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, where he is planning on pursuing his graduate study in Genomics and Computational Biology. He is a Juilliard-trained

The Poetry of Healing

Rafael Campo, MD MFA is an award-winning poet and essayist, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and internist at healthcare associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was born in New Jersey in 1964 and attended Amherst College,

Keeping Patients Informed Through Mass Media

Anne Negrin, MD, is a television news personality, health blogger, and ophthalmologist in Rye, New York. She has appeared on television programs including ABC7 Eyewitness News, The Today Show, and PIX11 News to discuss topics ranging from medical myth debunking to eye-friendly makeup. When she’s