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Faculty, students, residents, and fellows affiliated with the Program for Humanities in Medicine are dedicated to publishing scholarly work and research in peer-reviewed journals and in other publications. This list includes recent publications as well as conference presentations and workshops.

Recent scholarship by current and former medical students, house staff, and affiliated faculty.


Zoe Adams, Anna Reisman. In Reply to Dr. Manoj Goyal and Dr. Monika Bansal, “Approaching Critical Medical Humanities with Theatre of the Oppressed.” In press, Academic Medicine, August 2021.

Zoe Adams, Marina Gaeta, Elizabeth Fitzsousa. “Abusers" and "Addicts": Towards Abolishing Language of Criminality in United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1 Preparation Materials. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2021 Jan 28.

Zoe Adams, Naomi Rogers. “Services Not Mausoleums”: Race, Politics, and the Concept of Community in American Medicine (1963-1972). Journal of Medical Humanities. 2020.

Zoe Adams, Anna Reisman. Beyond sparking joy: a call for a critical medical humanities. Academic Medicine. 2019; 94:1404.

Zoe Adams. “How the History of Medicine Can Promote Social Justice.” Eidolon, 2018.

Nientara Anderson, Dowin Boatright, Anna Reisman. Re: Blackface in white space: using admissions to address racism in medical education. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021 Apr;36(4):1119.

Nientara Anderson, Dowin Boatright, Anna Reisman. Blackface in white space: using admissions to address racism in medical education. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020 Oct;35(10):3060-3062.

Joana Andoh. The culpability of disease: exploring medical ethnography in Hippocrates’ Airs, Waters, and Places. Indiana University Graduate Student Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Bloomington, IN, March 2019.


Meredith Bertrand, Eugenia Betz, Alice Grant, Leila Haghighat, Janet Ku, Sumit Kumar, Mona Lalehzari , Benjamin Lu, Nick Pumilia, Jonathan Stock, Anna Reisman. The art of medicine: taking a military history. The Health Care Blog, April 15, 2018.

Eugenia Betz, Caroline Falker C, Leila Haghighat, Sumit Kumar, Mona Lalehzari, Benjamin Benjamin Lu, Nick Pumilia, Jonathan Stock, Anna Reisman. Stay out of my wellness. The Health Care Blog. July 2, 2018.


Anna DeForest. Eponyms as exclusion. Neurology. Aug 2021.

Anna DeForest. The world’s greatest. Paris Review, 12.16.2020.

Anna DeForest. The new stability. New England Journal of Medicine. Oct 2020.

Anna DeForest. Better words for better deaths. New England Journal of Medicine. Jan 2019.

Anna DeForest. A fair interpretation. JAMA. Dec 2017.

Ellelan Degife, Chinye Ijeli, Muzzammil Muhammad, Autumn Nobles, Anna Reisman. Educational intervention against biological racism. Clinical Teacher. October 2021;18:5.


Randi Hutter Epstein. Coronavirus and the danger of disbelief. Yale Review. June 16, 2020.

Randi Hutter Epstein. Tinder for sperm: even in the petri dish, looks and athleticism are prized. New York Times Parenting, April 17, 2020.

Randi Hutter Epstein. Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything (WWNorton: 2018), translated into 12 languages.

Randi Hutter Epstein. On the fine (and difficult) art of science writing. LitHub, June 17, 2019.

Randi Hutter Epstein. Stop calling women hormonal. New York Times Parenting, June 2, 2018.

Randi Hutter Epstein. Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank (WWNorton: 2010)


Elizabeth Fitzsousa, Nientara Anderson, Anna Reisman. “This institution was never meant for me”: the impact of institutional historical portraiture on medical students. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019 12;34(12):2738-2739.


Leila Haghighat, Benjamin Lu, Eugenia Betz, Thomas Holowka, Lisa Knoll, Sumit Kumar, Mona Lalehzari, Devin Pray, Matthew Ringer, Renee Russell, Jonathan Stock, Jana Young, Anna Reisman. “Do I still need to take this?” Why doctors should ‘deprescribe’ pills. CommonHealth. Feb 26, 2019.

Kayleigh Herrick-Reynolds, Lorenzo Sewanan, Daniel Zheng, Priscilla Wang, John Encandela, Andi Shahu, Anna Reisman. A novel near-peer reflective writing workshop. The Clinical Teacher. 2019: 8;16(4):339-344


Uchenna Ikediobi. Adjo – my patient’s prolonged goodbye. New England Journal of Medicine. Dec 12, 2019.
Uchenna Ikediobi. A Physician’s Predicament: Remaining Neutral in the Age of the “Alt-Right”. Transition Magazine (Harvard). 2017 (122)19-21


Lakshmi Krishnan, Anna Reisman. Medical humanities in a pandemic: essential and critical. Synapsis, November 9, 2020.


Lemay M, Lisa Sanders, John Encandela, Anna Reisman. Writing well: the long-term effect on empathy, observation, and physician writing through a residency writers workshop. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2017:9(3).


Cynthia McNamara. Anguish. Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. Fall 2018.

Cynthia McNamara. Confessions of a Mommy Doc. SGIM Forum. Aug 2010. Vol 33. 8.


Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako. Hospitals need more vaccine mandates. Boston Review. 8.26.2021.

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako. White coats for black lives. Undark. 7.16.2020.

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako. Seven books that helped me find solace and define my purpose as a Black medical student. 2.12.2020.

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako. Should white colleagues wear Black Lives Matter pins? Inside Higher Ed. 11.15.2019.

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako. Lessons to learn from Reggie: the importance of medical humanities. 9.9.2019.

Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako. Racial awareness if you will. 9.5.2018.


Benjamin Oldfield. When you got the yams: Kendrick Lamar and the language of power in clinical encounters. JAMA 2018, 319(16):1642-1643.

Small, LC., Feldman LS, Benjamin Oldfield. Using narrative medicine to build community across the health professions and foster self-care. Journal of Radiology Nursing 2017; 36(4):224-227.

Benjamin Oldfield, Paula Duvall. Coauthors. JAMA 2016, 316(22):2361-2362.

Benjamin Oldfield. Invisible colleagues. New England Journal of Medicine 2015, 373:792-793.

Sharon Ostfeld-Johns. Eewy body dementia. Annals of Internal Medicine. January 21, 2020.


Joanna Radin and Emma Kowal, editors. Cryopolitics: Frozen Life in a Melting World. MIT Press, 2017.

Joanna Radin. Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood. University of Chicago Press, 2017.

Anna Reisman. Review of Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine. Washington Post August 6, 2021.

Anna Reisman. Family. Yale Alumni Magazine, July/August 2020.

Anna Reisman. Board review and the middle-aged doctor. New England Journal of Medicine. April 27, 2017.

Anna Reisman. Gifts. New England Journal of Medicine, 2016; 374:208-209.
Anna Reisman. The best kept secret in healthcare; or, the doctor doesn’t always know best. Cognoscenti/WBUR, January 4, 2016.

Anna Reisman. The last rotation. (Review of When Breath Becomes Air) Slate, January 6, 2016.

Anna Reisman. When the medicine doesn’t work: one doctor explains how big pharma may have taken a toll on her relationships with patients. Slate, June 23, 2016.

Anna Reisman. How many have you done? Journal of the American Medical Association. 2016; 316(5), 491.

Anna Reisman. Should doctors write about patients? February 18, 2015

Anna Reisman. House of death. New York Times. June 1, 2013

Robert Rock, Cyra Levenson, Cindy Crusto. Making the Invisible Visible: Art, Identity, & Hierarchies of Power. The Leadership Forum, Association of Chiefs & Leaders in General Internal Medicine. March 2018 Vol 10.1.

Robert Rock, Nientara Anderson. Medical student activism: political x institutional x personal. Somatosphere, Nov 2017.

Marjorie Rosenthal. You should break up with me. The New York Times. September 4, 2020.

Marjorie Rosenthal. How to give bad news. The New York Times. March 13, 2020.

Marjorie Rosenthal. The new language of telehealth. The New York Times. May 5, 2020.

Marjorie Rosenthal. Child’s pose. Annals of Internal Medicine. October 1, 2019.

Marjorie Rosenthal. The floor is not stable. JAMA Oncology. January, 2018.

Marjorie Rosenthal. Pediatricians can learn to play well with others. Academic Pediatrics. Oct 2016.

Marjorie Rosenthal. A graphic experience while getting chemotherapy. SGIM Forum. 2016; 39(1)


Lisa Sanders, Auguste Fortin, Gordon Schiff. Connecting with patients: the missing link. JAMA, Jan. 1, 2020.

Lisa Sanders. Diagnosis: Solving the Most Baffling Medical Mysteries, a collection of columns from the New York Times Magazine, Crown Publishers, New York

Lisa Sanders "Not Just a River: Denial and Acceptance as Knowing and Not-Knowing,” Atrium: The Report of the Northwestern Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, Spring Issue, 2013.

Lisa Sanders, Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis, Broadway Books, Random House, New York, (paperback) August, 2010.

Nora Segar, As Hospitals Restrict Visitors, What Constitutes A ‘Good Death’?, Health Affairs, Vol. 41, No. 6, June 2022.

Nora Segar, Joshua Hauser, Jessica Sullivan. Poetry for Veterans: Using poetry to help care for patients in palliative care. Journal of Palliative Medicine. July 2020.

Andi Shahu, Alyssa Thomas, Eli Neustatder, Anna Reisman. Practical tips for implementing a student-led reflective writing workshop series. Medical Science Educator. 2019, 29: 863–869.

A selection of recent peer-reviewed workshops presented at national and regional conferences by Program for Humanities in Medicine students, trainees, and affiliated faculty:

Making the Invisible Visible: Exploring Bias Through Art: presented (in different versions) at multiple regional and national conferences, including Health Humanities Consortium International Conference, 2021; American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting, 2020; American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, 2021; Society of General Internal Medicine 2019, 2017

  • Various presenters, including: Kenneth Morford, MD; Joana Andoh; Anna Reisman, MD; Nientara Anderson, MD; Zoe Adams; Robert Rock, MD; Sydney Green; Melinda Wang, MD

Peer-Led Reflective Writing Workshops for Medical Students: Utilizing Health Humanities to Support Student Wellness: presented (in different versions) at Health Humanities Consortium International Conference, 2021; Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting, 2017; Society of General Internal Medicine Northeast Regional Meeting, 2016.

  • Various presenters, including: Nensi Ruzgar; Amanda Zhou; Andi Shahu, MD; Alyssa Thomas, MD; Lorenzo Sewanan, MD; Anna Reisman, MD; Daniel Zheng, MD; Jack Turban, MD; Danilo Rojas-Velasquez, MD; Priscilla Wang, MD; Mona Guo, MD; and others

The White Space: How Portraiture Affects Belonging and Well-being in Academic Medical Spaces: presented at Health Humanities Consortium International Conference, 2021

  • Presented by: Nientara Anderson, MD; Elizabeth Fitzsousa, MD; Max Jordan Nguemeni Tiako, MD; Anna Reisman, MD