Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Medicine & the Muse Program
Medical Humanities and the Arts

Program features and updates


March 2015

 February 2015

  • Congratulations to Genna Braverman, Bioethics and Medical Humanities concentrator, on her recent recognition for research in medical communication!
    Stanford medical student Genna Braverman won "best poster" at a recent meeting for her work examining communication challenges medical students encountered.

  • Announcing the winner of the 2015 first annual Irvin D. Yalom Literary Award:

    Maya Kasowski, PhD, MS3

    Runner up: Ashley Pin-Yi Geo

    Please click here for Maya and Ashley's winning stories.

  • Congratulations to Pegasus Physician Writers co-founder Dr. Irv Yalom, on the publication of his story in the Sunday New York Times!

January 2015

  • One of our Biomedical Ethics and Humanities academic courses, Art Observation Skills, was mentioned in this New York Times article. The course was developed by Drs. Audrey Shafer and Sam Rodriguez, medical student Genna  Braverman and art history doctoral student Yinshi Lerman-Tan and is being offered this spring.

    See quote below from Connie Wolf, the director of the Cantor.

    “Although no exhibitions of the Warhol material at Stanford are scheduled until 2017, the contact sheets will be used this spring, along with images by the 19th century English photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge, in a class at the Stanford University School of Medicine aimed at enhancing the clinical skills of medical students through analysis of art.” Ted Loos, “For Warhol, ’15 Brings More Fame, NYT Jan 4, 2015.

December 2014

November 2014

October 2014

  • At the Oct. 21st Jonathan King Lecture, Paul Kalanithi, MD, who completed his neurosurgery residency at Stanford, discussed the importance of writing as a physician and patient. Dr. Kalanithi wrote about his experience as a patient diagnosed with lung cancer in the  New York Times. Dr. Kalanithi is working on a book about his experience.
  • Five medical humanities presentations from the Stanford program were featured at the 2014 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities annual conference: Kendall Madden, MS, ecosystem and metaphors of the body (a BEMH medical scholars research project); Shaili Jain, MD, ethical issues for physician writers; Jacqueline Genovese, MA, literature and medicine programs for veterans; Alvan Ikoku, MD, PhD, global health ethics and fiction; and Audrey Shafer, MD, poetry and anesthesia. Additionally, medical student Deborah Fretwell presented her BEMH medical scholars research project on issues of high tech resources and patient narrative at the 2014 national meeting of the Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education.
    Kendall Madden, MS with her poster
  • Congratulations to Shaili Jain, M.D whose research work and interview with Paul Costello were recently covered in Inside Stanford Magazine.
  • Congratulations to BEMH graduate Casey Means, MD on the publication of her poem C-section in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Medicine & the Muse 2013 Student Committee Member Hamsika Chandrasekar writes in SCOPE Blog about taking time out from a busy life to do what you love.

September 2014

  • The recent Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum was reported on in SCOPE Blog.
  • Dr. James Lock, a member of Pegasus Physician Writers and the first School of Medicine faculty member to be named a Stanford Humanities Center Fellow is interviewed on this podcast about his work with teenage children with anorexia. Parents can work with therapists to help their teenage children recover from anorexia, according to the largest randomized trial comparing two family-based treatments for the eating disorder. During this 1:2:1 podcast, James Lock, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Clinic at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, discusses the study with Paul Costello, the medical school's chief communications officer.
  • Congratulations to Rick Novak, MD, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, whose book, The Doctor & Mr. Dylan, was recently published.
  • The medical humanities and the arts calls attention to the importance of the human connection in our health care system. The importance of this connection is described eloquently by Tim Engberg, vice president of ambulatory care at Stanford Health Care in this video about his experience as a patient at Stanford.
  • Medical student and Stanford Medicine Music Network member Sara Johansen will be playing violin at Party on the Edge in the Anderson Gallery on Oct. 2nd at 9:30 p.m.  Congratulations Sara!
  • Dr. Bryan Bonham leads Stanford’s WellMD committee, which focuses on promoting physician, resident and medical student wellness.                           
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jason Nagata, a recent Writer’s Workshop participant, whose article The Patient Rotation, was recently published in JAMA Pediatrics
  • Join us in congratulating Khaled Hosseini, MD, last year’s Medicine & the Muse Key Note Speaker, on winning the prestigious Steinbeck Award. Congratulations Khaled!

  • Pegasus Physician Writer Sunita Puri’s recent essay Extraordinary was published in this month's JAMA. JAMA. 2014;312(8):793-794.

July 2014

  • The Revolutionary Optimists has been nominated for a National Emmy Award in News and Documentary Long Form.
  • Medical student Michael Nedelman and his documentary project “Camouflage Closet” are in this SCOPE Blog
  • The Pegasus Physician Writer’s Forum “I Am Afraid I Have Bad News: Death and Dying in Medicine,” is featured in today’s School of Medicine SCOPE Blog
  • Congratulations to Medicine & Muse Program affiliated faculty member Susan McConnell, who was recently named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor.
  • Medicine and Muse Program Steering Committee member Dr. Alvan Ikoku research on literature and transnational medicine was featured in the Stanford Report.

June 2014

  • Congratulations to Michael Nedelman, a BEMH concentrator, whose poster recently won second prize in the Art of Science competition sponsored by the School of Engineering, In addition, Michael’s documentary, Camouflage Closet, which will be shown today at 5:30 p.m. in LKSC, was featured in the Boise Weekly.
  • Congratulations to Jasmina Bojic, Stanford Lecturer and Founder and Executive Director of the United Nations Association Film Festival. Jasmina was awarded UNESCO’s Fellini Medal in recognition of her exceptional contribution in promoting the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through the art of documentary film.

May 2014

  • Congratulations to Medicine and the Muse Steering Committee Members Pin Yi Ko and Anjana Bala. After graduation from Stanford School of Medicine, Pin Yi will be entering internship and residency in pediatric neurology at the University of Washington. Anjana Bala, a Human Biology major, and after graduation will be moving to London to purse a master’s degree in medical anthropology at University College London.
  • Read about medical student and BEMH concentrator Natalia Birgisson's blog post, Introduction to the ICU: My grandfather's passing gift in Scope Blog.

April 2014

  • Congratulations to Pegasus Physician Writers member Dr. Jim Lock, who was awarded the Ellen Andrews Write Fellowship by the Stanford Humanities
    . His project will be reconsidering Michel Foucault's critique of psychiatry in the age of the brain and neuropsychiatry.

  • Read about the Medicine and the Muse and Khaled Hosseini in Scope Blog and The Stanford Daily and view photos here.
  • Read Dean Minor’s article in the Stanford Daily about the importance of humanities and medicine
  • On April 17th, Dr. James Chang will present: Inside Rodin's Hands: Teaching Surgery Through Art and Art Anatomy at 6:30 p.m. in the Cantor Arts Center. Watch a video about Dr. Chang's work here
  • Read about Dr. Josef Parvizi's presentation at Med School 101 on Scopeblog. Parvizi, will be presenting with Dr. Chris Chafe (Music) on the Brain Stethoscope at the April 29th Recombinations seminar.

March 2014

February 2014

  • Read about the Recombinations Seminar "Literature and Medicine at the End of Life" in the School of Medicine ScopeBlog (scroll down).
  • Hamsika Chandrasekar is a member of the Medicine and the Muse 2014
    committee and in the Creative Writing for Medical Students course. Her recent blog post, "The Top Reasons I am Glad to be in Medical School," was the most popular and shared story on the School of Medicine Scopeblog.
  • AHMP Affiliated Faculty Member and upcoming Recombinations speaker Dr. James Chang is featured with a new Cantor Art Museum Exhibit, Rodin's Hands.

  • AHMP Steering Committee member Dr. Shaili Jain commented on the 60 Minutes News Program on Mental Health in her Public Library of Science Blog.

January 2014

December 2013

  • AHMP Affiliated Faculty member Professor Tanya Luhrmann wins the 2013 Grawemeyer Award in Religion from the University of Louisville for her book When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God





  • The Sacramento Bee published an op-ed by medical student Akhilesh Pathipati on why healthcare spending is so high.
  • Congratulations to medical student and BEMH concentrator Aarti Sharma on the publication of her book, Diabulimia: Towards Understanding, Recognition, and Healing. Aarti is also co-editor-in-chief of the medical student journal H&P

November 2013

September 2013

  • Stanford medical school doctors explore the human condition through creative writing
  • The latest book of 2012 Medicine and the Muse Keynote Speaker, Sheri Fink, MD PhD Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm Ravaged Hospital is published to critical acclaim and is a NYT bestseller.




  • Congratulations to Pria Anand, SMS IV and BEMH concentrator, on the publication of her short story “Commotio Cordis” in Bellevue Literary Review. 2013: 22-30.
  • My First Patient by Casey Means, Stanford medical student and BEMH concentrator, is published by The Intima. Congratulations Casey!

August 2013

  • The Arts, Humanities and Medicine Program welcomes Jacqueline Genovese, MA, as Assistant Director. Jacqueline holds a masters degree in medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a bachelor’s degree in history from College of William and Mary. She has two decades of administrative university experience in communications, development and media relations.

July 2013

June 2013

  • Amrapali Maitra (MD and PhD candidate, BEMH student) wins the Bernard J. Siegel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Written Expression by a Ph.D. Student in Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • Congratulations to Michael Nedelman, SMS I on the spectacular premiere of his film The Camouflage Closet June 5, 2013, in San Francisco! A packed house, and an amazing creative work which included LGBT veterans, filmmaking, music and a moving introduction by Heliana Ramirez, LISW.
  • Medical student Katie Miller and SCBE Senior Research Scholar Katrina Karkazis publish their work on health practices and attitudes in a polygamist society in the Journal of Religion and Health: Miller AC, Karkazis K. Health beliefs and practices in an isolated polygamist community of Southern Utah. J Relig Health. 2013 Jun;52(2): 597-609. 

April 2013

March 2013

  • Medical student and BEMH concentrator Woody Chang’s article “Fit to Print? Media Accounts of Unproven Medical Treatments Across Time” is published in AJOB Primary Research, 2013
upcoming events

Read about upcoming Biomedical Ethics Brown Bag Presentations including talks by Medical Humanities Visiting Professor Dr. Daniel LaForest and Dr. Alvan Ikoku and Science Historian and Writer, Dr. Laurel Braitman.

Toward Healing: Literature & Medicine Dinner and Discussion series for Stanford and UHA Physicians. Please click here for more information.

Winter / Spring 2015

Invited Lecture by Emanuele Castano, PhD - "Reading Literary Fiction Helps Reading Others"

Date: Thursday, April 9
Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: TBD, Stanford University

Emanuele Castano, PhD is Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research, New York. His work revolves around three main areas, Collective Identity, Intergroup Relations and Morality; Social Identity, Ideology, and the Human Condition; and Empathy and Theory of Mind. He has authored more than 50 publications, mostly scientific articles in highly regarded journals, and consulted with international organizations, governments and other institutions. His most recent work, on the effects of literary fiction on Theory of Mind was published in Science, and received media coverage worldwide. 

To save your spot, register here.

Sponsored by CCARE
(650) 721-6142

Honoring the Ghosts

Honoring Ghosts flyer

April 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Dinklespiel Auditorium

Exploring war trauma, recovery and hope through poetry and dance
The West Coast debut of Exit 12 Dance Company, led by U.S. Marine Iraq Veteran Roman Baca
Poetry Reading by Stanford’s Dr. Alex Nemerov

Free and open to the public
Free campus parking

Rsvp to Jacqueline Genovese

Anatomy of an Opera Singer

April 16, 2015
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Berg Hall Lobby, Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge (LKSC)

Come celebrate World Voice Day! Dr. C. Kwang Sung and Dr. Elizabeth Direnzo, Assistant Professors of Otolaryngology, will lecture on the anatomy and techniques that opera singers use to project their voices and create music. The lecture will feature performances by a member of the San Francisco Opera!

Light refreshments will be served. Followed by Otolaryngology Grand Rounds

Sponsored by:
Stanford Medicine Music Network
Stanford Medicine Department of Otolaryngology
San Francisco Opera
Stanford Live/Bing Concert Hall
Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program
Medical Humanities and the Arts
Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics

Capturing Grace Screening

Friday, April 17
7pm - 8:30pm
Cubberley Auditorium
Stanford University

Repeat Showing
Saturday, April 18
1:30pm - 3pm
CEMEX Auditorium
Stanford University

Maren Monsen, MD will be the moderator for the panel discussion on both days.

Sponsored by Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program and Program for Bioethics and Film

Medicine and the Muse: An Arts, Humanities and Medicine Symposium

April 27, 2015
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Li Ka Shing Center (LKSC) 101/102

Keynote Speaker: Perri Klass, MD Professor of Pediatrics and Journalism, New York University; Director, Carter Journalism Institute; Medical Director, Reach Out and Read; author of fiction and nonfiction, essayist for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Boston Globe and Discover Magazine. She is the recipient of five O. Henry Awards for short fiction and the Women’s National Book Association Award.

Presentations, performances and art exhibit by Stanford medical students

Contact: Jacqueline Genovese

Sponsor: Medicine & the Muse

May 9, 8:45a – 4:30p
All day writing retreat
with Sharon Bray EdD, for those affiliated with Stanford Medicine.
Sign up required with Jacqueline Genovese.

Walking Tour of the Stanford University Medical Center Architecture
January 7, 2015 – June 10, 2015

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2015 2:00 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 3:20 PM

ways to give gifts

A gift may be made in the form of a check, securities, a bequest, or a complex trust arrangement designed to maximize tax advantages. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.

For information about ways to give, please contact:
Anne Crowe, Assistant Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
(650) 498-5305

All contributions welcome!

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