April 17, 2014
5578 S. State Route 202
Tipp City, OH 45371
2015 Physician Retreat:
Narrative Medicine, Featuring Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D.
Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of the Program in Narrative Medicine and professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, originated the field of narrative medicine and, with colleagues from Columbia University’s faculty in medicine and arts and sciences, has developed the intellectual and clinical principles and practices of the discipline. She has published and lectured extensively on the ways in which narrative training helps to increase empathy and reflection in health professionals and students. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Literature and Medicine and principal investigator on research projects that study patient-physician communication and the outcomes of narrative training for medical students and health professionals.
She practices general internal medicine in the Medicine Clinic at Presbyterian Hospital. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Endowment for the Humanities, Veteran’s Administration and many private foundations, Charon’s research, scholarship and teaching treat topics of narrative medicine, narrative ethics and narratology. She lectures and publishes widely on the narrative dimensions of health and illness. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness and the coeditor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics and Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine.
She earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.