For more than a decade, the Medicine & the Muse Program has been the home for the arts and humanities at the medical school, with programs that integrate the arts and humanities into medical education, scholarly endeavors, and the practice of medicine. 

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“In this biomedical revolution, we need the humanities now more than ever.”

-Lloyd B. Minor, MD, Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine

Program Features and News

Dr. Audrey Shafer and Dr. Danielle Ofri spoke with @kbprods about his film Why Doctors Write on "A Kind Voice Radio," on December 19 at 4:00PM PT

An edited version of the program can be found here, the play button is just under the top toolbar:

Link to film trailer:

Congratulations Dr. Audrey Shafer!

The Ellis N. Cohen, M.D. Achievement Award is the highest honor given by the Department of Anesthesiology, and has been given only 17 times in 28 years. Dr. Audrey Shafer is the third women to receive this honor.  

Important Links

All of the events, news, and updates related to the Frankenstein@200 initative. 

Upcoming Events

Medicine & the Muse Annual Symposium

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Li Ka Shing Center, Paul Berg Hall

The 2019 Medicine & the Muse symposium welcomes keynote speaker Al Letson, the host and producer of Reveal, the podcast from the Center for Investigative Reporting, creator of State of the Re:Union (SOTRU), journalist, poet, playwright, storyteller and performer. He has been awarded multiple Peabody and National Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Presentations, performances and art by students of Stanford School of Medicine.

Salt in My Soul: An Unfinished Life
A Conversation About Love, Hope, Caring and Legacy

Please join. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served following the conversation.
When: May 15, 2019 | 4:15 - 6 p.m.
Where: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford Auditorium, West Building | 725 Welch Road

Stanford Disability Conference
Mediations: Disability, Technology, and the Arts

May 18, 2019

For any inquiries, please contact the conference organizers: Frank Mondelli (, Brigitte Pawliw-Fry (, Anima Shrestha (, and Rachel Wallstrom (

The Future of Medicine

When: Thursday, June 20th from 6-7:30
Where: Cantor Arts Center

Ongoing Events

Kerry Tribe
(The Anderson Collection)

  1. Standardized Patient (2017), on view from February 28 through May 6, explores issues of performance, communication, and empathy by investigating the interactions of standardized patients, or “SPs”—professional actors playing the roles of patients—and medical school doctors-in-training.
    The video was commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and informed by close collaboration with the Standardized Patient Program at Stanford University Medical School.

  2. Exquisite Corpse (2016), on view from May 16 through July 29, traces the fifty-one-mile Los Angeles River from its origin in the San Fernando Valley to its terminus at the Pacific Ocean, over the course of fifty-one minutes. Throughout the journey, Tribe presents glimpses into the flora, fauna, communities, and neighborhoods intersected and impacted by the ever-changing river.

Dermatology inspired works created for the 2018 International Health Humanities Conference, themed  "Frankenstein@200" by Nick Love. 

More of Nick Love's work can be viewed online here.

Stanford News Center: Mixed-media mosaics of the human body, inspired by Frankenstein 

Weds Night Writes
Every 3rd Weds, starting July 19, 2017
SCBE Conference Room (1215 Welch Rd., Modular A)