“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 Updates

Alpha Omega Alpha 2016 Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Competition
Submission deadline: midnight (PST), January 31, 2016
Click here for more information.

The Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program in Medical Humanities is pleased to announce the awarding of four grants to Stanford faculty and affiliated health care practitioners conducting research in the area of medical humanities. We are pleased to have this opportunity to support our faculty and affiliated health care practitioners in exploring the intersection of the arts and humanities and medicine. Their work can help patients as well as health care professionals as they deal with the challenges of illness and doctoring.

The grant winners are:

Henry Curtis, MD

Clinical Instructor, Division of Emergency Medicine

Project: Medical Humanities Playback Theater for Emergency Medicine Intern Orientation Milestone Education

Henry A. Curtis, M.D. FAAEM is a clinical instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He is fellowship-trained in simulation education and is involved in multiple simulation projects at Stanford. He is currently pursuing a MFA in Directing at the Academy of Art University. He has a dedication to finding innovative methods of integrating medical humanities into medical education and generating enthusiasm for these techniques. His current research encompasses his work in the development of a performance arts method called Playback theater for medical education.


Lauren Edwards, MD

Clinical Instructor General Medicine Disciplines

Project: Narrative Medicine Group for Internal Medicine Residents

Lauren Edwards, M.D. is a clinical instructor in the School of Medicine at Stanford with a focus on Internal Medicine. She attended UC Berkeley as a Philosophy major and later received her medical degree from Columbia University. She completed her residency at UC San Diego where she received an Outstanding Teaching award in 2012. She has a special interest in narrative medicine and is a member of the Stanford Pegasus Physician's writing group as well as being a faculty advisor for med scholars at Stanford University.


Anya Griffin, PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia

Project: Capturing Pain: Photographic storytelling of youth in chronic pain

Dr. Anya Griffin is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, & Pain Medicine. She graduated from UCLA with a masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy, which is a creative arts therapy involving the psychotherapeutic use of movement to foster the emotional and physical integration of the individual.  Dr. Griffin received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at USC Keck School of Medicine/Children's Hospital Los Angeles and her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine/Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Dr. Griffin is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified dance/movement therapist. She has worked in pediatric hospitals for over a decade in California, Texas and Georgia. Dr. Griffin currently works as a pediatric psychologist at the Lucile Packard Children's/Stanford Children's Health pediatric outpatient pain management clinic, where she is responsible for providing non-pharmacological pain management interventions for the pediatric pain rehabilitation program.


Susan Quaglietti 

Residential Program Nurse for TRP, HVRP, First Step

Ming Lai

Producer, Writer, Director 

Project: Post-Production of the documentary film “Visions of Warriors”


Susan Quaglietti is a nurse practitioner who has been working with veterans at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System since 1987. Besides her long experience managing chronic care issues, she has also been helping veterans explore how creative expression can assist with recovery. She is the co-founder of the Veteran Photo Recovery Project, a photography workshop that allows veterans to create a photographic narrative about a personal recovery theme.

Ming Lai is a rising filmmaker, whose films explore the human condition. His films have been honored with many awards and film festival selections. His previous feature documentary, “Art Recession,” is about the importance of art education.  When he learned that photography was being used to help heal veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, and other mental illnesses, he was deeply moved to film a documentary about the therapeutic process.  As a film maker and photographer, his goal is to have viewers realize that “Photography can document suffering, sometimes it can even heal it.”


November 2015

11/20/15, Stanford Medicine News
--Musician-turned-scientist develops drug for inflammatory bowel disease

This article features Julie Saiki, who served on the Medicine and the Muse steering committee. 

Produced and Edited by Gun Ho Lee
Directed and Lyricked by Joshua Wortzel

Scope, 11/17/15
--“Dear Future Doctor, here’s a few things you’ll need to know”: Med students release parody video
Dear Future Doctor is the first-ever musical parody produced by Stanford medical students; the video aims to teach a lesson on what future doctors should not become. Students Gun Ho Lee and Joshua Wortzel are quoted in this blog post.

Upcoming Events

"Writing About Extraordinary Psychological States"
Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker
December 2, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Building 50, Room 51A

April 14, 2016, 5:30pm
MEDICINE and the MUSE: An Arts, Humanities and Medicine Symposium
LKSC Berg Hall
Stanford School of Medicine

Featured Speaker: Anne Lamott
Author of seven novels including: Hard Laughter, Joe Jones, Blue Shoe, All New People, Crooked Little Heart, and Imperfect Birds. She has also written several bestselling books of nonfiction and three collections of autobiographical essays on faith. Lamott has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, has taught at UC Davis and writing conferences across the country, and has been inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

Ongoing Events

Cultures, Minds and Medicine
Autumn 2015 Events
For more information, contact Rachel Tongco: rtongco@stanford.edu

Empathy Exhibition
August 12, 2015 - January 25, 2016
Robert Mondavi Family Gallery, Cantor Arts Center
free admission

The Dissections & Selected Works by Sam Rodriguez, MD
October 2015 - June 2016
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 6:00pm
Li Ka Shing Center, 1st & 3rd Floor
Open to the public

Upcoming Stanford Physician Writers Book Readings and Signings at the Stanford Bookstore

DECEMBER 10 2015, 6-8PM