Professor of Emergency Medicine


I'm an emergency physician, medical educator, and writer fascinated by the many ways medicine is a creative act and how creativity, in turn, serves a critical clinical skill. 

I graduated with a BA in English from Union College in Schenectady, NY and then received my medical degree from the SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. I completed the emergency medicine residency at the Medical Center of Delaware (now ChristianaCare Health System) and later a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School.

I'm passionate about the humanities, in particular as a lens for thinking critically.

At Alpert Medical School, I'm the director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration and director of the Foundary for the Arts and Humanities in Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine. 

I've served as the chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) medical humanities section, as a Director-at-Large, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Arts and Health Advisory Group for the RI Department of Health. I received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. I'm a former Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University.

My teaching has roots in interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations, bringing medical students into conversations with law students from Roger Williams University Law School, art students at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and theater students with the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program. I founded the Creative Medicine Series, a lectureship  co-sponsored by the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Emergency Medicine. I've created medical curriculum with RISD museum educators that use museum objects to highlight the creative dimensions of medical decisionmaking and hopefully, improve metacognition skills at the bedside. I'm currently a faculty adviser to the electives Design+ Health, a course created by medical students from Alpert Medical School and art students from RISD as well as Art and the Medical Narrative. 

My books of short fiction include What's Left Out and Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers. Tornado of Life, a book of essays, is forthcoming book from MIT Press.

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