Directory of Faculty Mentors in Medicine, Culture, and Society

The Yale University School of Medicine faculty members listed below have indicated that they are open to the possibility of advising Yale medical students pursuing M.D. thesis research on medicine, culture, and society.

In compiling this database of prospective mentors and their areas of interest we have cast a broad net, including such areas as biomedical ethics, medical history, ethnography, medicine and the arts, medicine and literature, psycho-social dimensions of health, and the qualitative social sciences.

This data base of YSM faculty members includes prospective M.D. thesis sponsors as well as faculty members who can offer additional sources of guidance and advice to medical students undertaking research in the medical humanities and the arts.  While the M.D. thesis sponsor must be a full time School of Medicine faculty member, dual mentorship arrangements are also possible that enlist the expertise of faculty members based in other parts of the University, and in some instances at other institutions (e.g. The Hasting Center, through the Yale-Hastings Program in Ethics and Health Policy).

NameEmailInterests
Altice, Frederick, MD
mailto:frederick.altice@yale.duResearch as the interface between infectious diseases and substance abuse, both domestic and international; community, clinical, drug treatment and prison settings.
Andiman, Warren, MD
warren.andiman@yale.eduBarriers and challenges to health care for  chronically ill adolescents transitioning from pediatric to adult health care settings. Emphasis on HIV/AIDS. The complex psychosocial, ethical and family issues raised by the need to disclose diagnoses of catastrophic illness to children and youth, ages 10-18.Ethical issues in pediatrics.
Angoff, Nancy, MD
nancy.angoff@yale.eduMedicine and literature, medicine and ethics, and medicine and professionalism.
Baehring, Joachim M. MDjoachim.baehring@yale.eduPrimary brain tumors, brain lymphoma, neurologic complications of cancer (clinical); medical history; medicine and the arts.
Beardsley, Diana S. MD.,PhDdiana.beardsley@yale.eduClinical pediatric hematology.  Mechanisms of platelet destruction in immune thrombocytopenia.
Belanger, Kathleen, PhD kathleen.belanger@yale.eduEnvironmental conditions affecting pregnant women, infants and children.  Effects of air pollution exposure during pregnancy, and traffic related air contaminants on childhood asthma.
Berland, Gretchen, MD        
gretchen.berland@yale.eduVisual methods, qualitative research methods, narrative, documentary filmmaking, and medical humanities.
Bhagwagar, Zubin  MD, PhD 
zubin.bhagwagar@yale.eduNeurobiological basis of psychiatric disorders.
Braverman, Irwin, MD 
irwin.braverman@yale.eduMedicine and the arts (fine arts to literature) and the physician-patient relationship.  Medical practices in the ancient world; medical diagnoses made from paintings, sculpture, etchings, etc. .
Brownell, Kelly, PhD   kelly.brownell@yale.eduStudies of children’s food marketing, nutrition in schools, application of the law to obesity prevention, economic drivers of obesity, legislative approaches, framing and persuasion, and reduction of weight bias.
Bruce, R. Douglas  MD, MA, MSc 
robert.bruce@yale.eduWork at the intersection of addiction and infectious diseases (especially HIV and Hepatitis C).  Particular interest in medical ethics.
Colson, Eve, MD        eve.colson@yale.eduHealth behaviors; sudden infant death syndrome; qualitative research; medical education.
Costa, Jose, MD         jose.costa@yale.eduPhilosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, and social dimensions of health.
Davidson, Larry, PhD larry.davidson@yale.eduThe intersection of the humanities/arts with psychiatry, mental health, psychology, and serious mental illnesses, their treatment and the care of individuals with them.
Delphin, Miriam E. PhD miriam.delphin@yale.eduIndividual, organizational and service system level cultural competence including such areas as training, program design and evaluation, and system level strategic planning geared towards eliminating health disparities.                                                
Doolittle, Benjamin R. MD,Mdiv 
benjamin.doolittle@yale.eduBurnout, spirituality, mental health, coping and urban medicine.
Duffy, Thomas, MD     

thomas.p.duffy@yale.eduHumanities/medicine and bioethics.
Ellman, Matthew MD   matthew.ellman@yale.edyEnd-of-life and palliative care education.
Emmons, Christine PhDchristine.emmons@yale.eduPsycho-social dimensions of health.
Espinosa, Mariola PhDmariola.espinosa@yale.eduHistory of medicine and public health, including the history of diseases and international relations in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, history of yellow fever in the Americas, the relationship between disease and empire, and changing medical knowledge of tropical disease in the Caribbean.
Flanagan, Elizabeth, PhD    
elizabeth.flanagan@yale.eduStigma towards people with mental illness, the DSM as a medical, social, and political document; and the classification and history of mental illness. 
Fortin, Auguste, MD            
auguste.fortin@yale.eduMedical education, particularly in the areas of doctor-patient communication and the psychosocial aspects of medical care.
Genao, Inginia, MD       
inginia.genao@yale.eduResearch on culture.
Gross, Cary, MD   
cary.gross@yale.eduThe care and outcomes of older persons with cancer , as well as research ethics. His research ethics work has explored financial conflicts of interest and access to research studies.
Hershberg, Uri, PhD   uri.hershberg@yale.eduImmunology; systems biology / theoretical biology; complex systems; cognitive science; artificial life.
Hostetter, Margaret, MD    

margaret.hostetter@yale.eduMedicine and literature. 
Jubanyik, Karen, MD       
karen.jubanyik@yale.eduPalliative and end-of-life care.
Kaplan, Bonnie PhD        
bonnie.kaplan@yale.eduMedical history and philosophy.
Kaplan, Lewis J. MD lewis.kaplan@yale.eduInterest in medical history and philosophy.
Katz, David, MD        
david.katz@yale.eduMedicine and literature; the role of community in health; the ethics of medical uncertainty; the reconciliation of holistic and evidence-based care; and the dividing line between personal and public responsibility for health.
Kernan, Walter, MD  
walter.kernan@yale.eduMedical education and stroke treatment.
Khoshnood, Kaveh, PhD 
kaveh.khoshnood@yale.eduResearch ethics.
Kidd, Mark PhD         
mark.kidd@yale.eduNeuroendocrine biology.
Kirwin, Paul MD 
paul.kirwin@yale.eduPsychosocial factors; has a poetry workshop for medical students.
Leventhal, John, MD    
john.leventhal@yale.eduThe epidemiology of child maltreatment, distinguishing abusive injuries from accidental ones, and child sexual abuse.
Levy, Becca, PhD 
becca.levy@yale.eduPsycho-social dimensions of health, and social sciences and ethnography as applied to aging health.


Manuelidis, Laura, MD        
laura.manuelidis@yale.eduPoetry/literature & graphic arts; also history of science/medicine.
Martin, Andrés  MD, MPH 

andres.martin@yale.eduScholarly publication issues; medicine and the arts (literature, photography); educational outcomes and career choices.
Mayes, Linda, MD     
linda.mayes@yale.eduThe ethics of scientific publishing, use of narrative methods in longitudinal research, the development of a “caring attitude” among physicians, and how creative writing plays a role in the health of a physician’s art.  
Mark Mercurio, MD mark.mercurio@yale.eduMedical ethics, mainly but not limited to pediatrics.
McCabe, Megan  MD 
megan.mccabe@yale.eduPediatrics, children and families’ experience of illness; pediatric care at the end of life; non-traditional family structures and their experience of health care.
Miller, Geoffrey, MD 
geoffrey.miller@yale.eduBioethics and the law and in particular, pediatric beginning and of life issues; disability; and neuroethics.
Moran, Meena S. MD 
meena.moran@yale.eduClinical breast cancer research, particularly outcomes research.
Nunez Smith, Marcela, MD 
marcela.nunez-smith@yale.eduResearch on culture.
Parikh, Chirag  MD, PhD 
chirag.parikh@yale.eduHistory of medicine, biomedical ethics, and psychosocial dimensions of health.
Post, Lori, PhD 
lori.post@yale.eduGender/ethnic disparities and violence.
Prah Ruger, Jennifer PhD 
jennifer.ruger@yale.eduMedical ethics, medicine and the law, health economics, political economy of health, health and social justice, global health justice and global health governance.
Rego, Mark MD 
mark.rego@yale.eduInterfaces between psychiatry and philosophy.  These areas include: self/other perceptions in illness, autonomy, the process of recovery, the existential implications of increased psychotropic use, theoretical models of psychopathology, and the effects of modernity on the brain/mind.
Richman, Susan, MD      
susan.richman@yale.eduWomen's reproductive health/choice, including the politics of pharmacy opt out of contraceptive provision, global gag rule, and lack of efficacy of abstinence only education in teen pregnancy rates.
Reisman, Anna MDanna.reisman@yale.eduDirector of the creative writers program for residents.
Rohrbaugh, Robert, MD      robert.rohrbaugh@yale.eduEthics, especially as this relates to mental health and global health, as well as the psychosocial dimensions of mental health.
Rogers, Naomi, PhD 
naomi.rogers@yale.eduHistory of medicine and public health, including the history of disease, public health, gender and medicine, medical advocacy and radical health movements, health politics, medicine and imperialism, health and disability, and alternative medicine.
Rosenbaum, Julie Rothstein, MD 
julie.rosenbaum@yale.eduBiomedical ethics; other philosophical issues or quantitative social sciences.
Rosenbaum, Stanley H. MA., MD 
stanley.rosenbaum@yale.eduBiomedical ethics; would be delighted to help students who are writing on ethics, other philosophical issues or quantitative social sciences.
Rosenblatt, William, MD       
will.rosenblatt@yale.eduCurrent interests include the transfer of surplus medical materials from the US for the purpose of health care delivery in developing regions of the world.
Rowe, Michael PhD michael.rowe@yale.eduA sociologist with expertise in mental health, narrative medicine and medical humanities, ethics, and qualitative methods, and with experience in the arts.
Safdar, Basmah  MD 
basma.safdar@yale.eduThe relationship between depression, anxiety and heart disease and impact of gender on such a relationship.
Schilsky, Michael L. MD 
michael.shilskyale.eduLiver transplantation, living donor liver transplantation, liver diseases, metabolic liver diseases, disorders of metal metabolism.
Schlesinger, Mark, PhD       
mark.schlesinger@yale.eduDeterminants of public opinion about health and social policy, the influence of bounded rationality on medical consumers, the consequences of for-profit organizations in American medicine, as well as the impact of managed care for consumers and health care professionals. 
Shields, M. Bruce, MD  
bruce.shields@yale.eduArt and vision, but also in the broader field of humanities and medicine.
Siegel, Mark D. MD   
mark.siegel@yale.eduEnd of life decision making in the ICU; psychiatric morbidity in the family members of ICU patients.
Simen, Arthur MD, PhD     
arthur.simen@yale.eduGenetic and genomic approaches to the study of depression, brain aging, and cognition in human patients and mouse models. Includes psycho-social dimensions of health.
Smith, Brian R. MD 
brian.smith@yale.eduEducational approaches and methodologies in medicine; spirituality in medicine; gene therapy bioethics.
Spencer, Dennis, MD 
dennis.spencer@yale.eduBioethics and neuroscience; art and neuroscience; and the history of neurosurgery.
Stack, Gary, MD, PhD 
gary.stack@yale.eduBiomedical ethics.
Steiner, Jeanne, D.O 
jeanne.steiner@yale.eduThe doctor-patient relationship and psychosocial dimensions of care.
Strasser, Bruno J., PhD 
bruno.strasser@yale.eduHistory of medicine, including history of the biomedical sciences in the 20th century; history of drugs and pharmaceuticals; interactions between experimental science and clinical medicine; the development of scientific instrumentation; the relationships between science and society.
Summers, William, MD    
william.summers@yale.eduHistory of medicine, including history of molecular biology; Chinese science, medicine, and public health; history of East-West interactions in science and medicine.
Suter, Lisa, MD 
lisa.suter@yale.eduRheumatologist and health services researcher interested primarily in medical decision making and how technology is integrated into clinical practice. Also interested in specialty referral and access issues and has experience with qualitative research
Van Ness, Peter H.  PhD, MPH 
peter.vanness@yale.eduSocial and cultural factors and their relationships to medicine and health. 
Volkmar, Fred, MD  
fred.volkmar@yale.eduAutism, developmental psychopathology, developmental disorders, neuroscience.
Warner, John Harley PhD 
john.warner@yale.eduHistory of medicine, including history of clinical practice, orthodox and alternative healing, professionalism in medicine, the multiple meanings of scientific medicine, medical education, clinical record keeping, medical institutions, and medicine and visual culture.
Weitzman, Carol, MD  
carol.weitzman@yale.eduDevelopmental-behavioral pediatrics; in social-emotional development of young children; cultural, family, environmental and interactional influences on social-emotional development.
Donna Windish, MD, MPH 
donna.windish@yale.eduMedical education curriculum development
communication skills quality improvement survey research
clinical reasoning.
Yonkers, Kimberly, MD       
kimberly.yonkers@yale.eduWomen’s mental health. The pathophysiology and treatment of behavioral disorders occurring in the context of a woman’s reproductive functioning, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder and perinatal depression. Commpleter systematic, randomized and controlled relapse prevention study addressing cocaine, marijuana and other illicit substance abuse in pregnant women.
Zonana, Howard, MD 
howard.zonana@yale.eduPsychiatry and law issues civil commitment, confidentiality, participation of psychiatrists in questioning of prisoners, disability rights, expert witness testimony, sex offenders, malpractice,  criminal responsibility and competence.