Stanford Center for
Biomedical Ethics

Medicine & the Muse Program
Medical Humanities and the Arts

Program features and updates


June 2015

  • Fond farewell to our Visiting Professor, Daniel LaForest, PhD.

May 2015

  • Congratulations to Charlotte Jacobs on the release of Jonas Salk: A Life. Check out her interview on NPR here.

  • Stanford Storytellers: Medical students write a children’s book to comfort and educate. Read more about the most shared and most popular story on Stanford Medicine Scopeblog here.
  • Read about Dr. Irvin Yalom in this interview on the Huffington Post.
  • Read about our talented medical students and Dr. Perri Klass at this year’s Medicine & the Muse Symposium,  themed “Triumph and Transformation” in this Scope blog.

April 2015

  • We are deeply saddened to report that Larry Zaroff, MD, PhD passed away on April 20, 2015 at age 83. Larry was an original member of our Steering Committee and most recently a member of our Affiliated Faculty. Larry dedicated himself to teaching medical humanities and advocated for opportunities for students to pursue studies in medical humanities at Stanford for over 15 years. He was a key person in the development of medical humanities at Stanford, including a visiting professor fellowship project. He taught the core medical humanities course for Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities scholarly concentration medical students, The Human Condition, and mentored medical students in creative writing medical scholars projects. Larry was devoted to teaching undergraduates, and his courses in literature and medicine and other areas of medical humanities were always popular in the Human Biology Program. He cared deeply for each student’s wellbeing. He was a most beloved teacher.
    Larry Zaroff

  • Congratulations to Zahra Sayyid, Michael Nedelman, Karen Hong, Afaaf Shakir, and Emma Steinkellner on their children's book, Stanford Storytellers, scheduled for release this summer!

    Written by a group of Stanford medical students and illustrated by undergraduate Emma Steinkellner, this book shows a young girl’s fantastical reimagining of the hospital as she looks for her teddy bear. As she becomes more familiar with the medicines and machines around her, she begins to understand that the hospital is a place for her to get better. But will her teddy bear feel the same way? Stanford Storytellers cover

  • Read about a recent performance co-sponsored by Stanford's Medicine & the Muse Program exploring the theme of war through poetry and dance in this Scope blog.
  • Stanford medical student and BEMH concentrator Michael Nedelman has been selected as the 2015-2016 Stanford–ABC News Global Health Media Fellow. Launched by the Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH), the Fellowship emphasizes the production and impact of global health reporting in a variety of media platforms. During the upcoming year, Michael will train at the World Health Organization in New Delhi, the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism, and ABC News in New York City.

    Congratulations to Michael Nedelman on being chosen from a national field of applicants for this highly competitive fellowship.
    Michael Nedelman photo

  • Read MD/PhD student Amrapali Maitra's blog post about After the rain: Experiencing illness as a medical student and granddaughter in Scope blog.

  • Susan Edelman, psychiatrist and member of Pegasus Physician Writers, has been awarded the 2015 Beverly Hills International Book Award Grand Prize Winner and 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner in Relationships for her book, Be Your Own Brand of Sexy.

  • Read about the how ballet promotes healing for ex-Marine, Roman Baca in this article on

  • Read in Inside Stanford Medicine about our April events encompassing dance, poetry and anatomy of an opera singer!

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
    Maya Kasowski, PhD, MS3

    Ashley Pin-Yi Geo
    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


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upcoming events

Undergraduate student Ryoko Hamaguchi’s exhibit
“Re-Imagining Illness, Health and the Human Body”
June 2nd
at 1 p.m.
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium

Stanford Med Writers Forum Featuring Readings by The Pegasus Physicians at Stanford

Medicine Around The World: Healing From A Global Perspective

Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 5:30pm

The Stanford Humanities Center
This Event is Free & Open to the Public

Supported by the Medicine and the Muse Program, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, Stanford School of Medicine

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

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 3:20 PM

ways to give gifts

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

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