Medicine, Movement and Dance Program

“To heal and inspire through movement and dance”

The Medicine, Movement and Dance program promotes wellbeing and creativity through inclusive movement programs.   We explore the many intersections between medicine and movement — including the dance traditions of our diverse communities — to enrich the lives of Stanford Medicine patients, learners, faculty and staff.

We sponsor two types of programs:

  • Participatory programs for our extended Stanford community
  • Exposure programs that honor the dance/movement traditions of the many cultures within our community

Current projects include:

  • Physical Listening:  a course for Stanford premedical students and health professionals on how we can use principles of embodied practices 
  • Heritage Dance Series: a performance series celebrating the dance traditions of our community. The Heritage Months honor the values & traditions from cultures across America. 
  • May Heritage Month celebrates communities from Asia, Native Americans and those who are Jewish, amongst others.
  • On May 10, 2024 we launch our Heritage Dance series with three dance troupes performing at the LEAD 7th  Annual Diversity and Inclusion Forum, from 12-12:45 in Berg Hall, LKSC. 
  • Patient Movement programs:  several programs for patients that utilize dance and movement principles to improve their physical health and well-being.  For instance, working with Special Olympics, Axis Dance and other groups to bring programming to our patients


We are actively collaborating with Axis Dance, Stanford TAPS (Department of Theater and Performance Studies), and have planned partnerships with the San Francisco Ballet and the Special Olympics.


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Executive Committee


Malathi Srinivasan

Dr. Srinivasan is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University

Nina Shevzov-Zebrun 

Dr. Shevzov-Zebrun is a resident in pediatrics, and leads curriculum development for the Phyical Listening Course. 

Nadia Adame

Nadia is a Spanish multidisciplinary award-wining artist with spinal cord injury and is currently the Artistic Director at AXIS Dance Company in the Bay Area. 

AXIS Dance Company

AXIS is one of the nation’s most acclaimed ensembles of disabled and non-disabled performers. AXIS was founded in 1987 and creates world-class productions that challenge perceptions and redefine dance and disability.

Vidyani Suryadevara

Dr. Suryadevara is an instructor in the Rad/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford. She is the Director of the Stanford Heritage Dance Series. 


Lonnie Shumsky

Dr. Shumsky is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and a Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) Fellow. 

Alex Ketley

Alex is a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department. In 2020, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, one of the most prestigious honors in the United States recognizing individuals "who have demonstrated exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Karina Kim

Karina  is the Program Manager for Education at Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE). 

Christy Hartman

Christy is the Program Manager for the Medical Humanities and Arts Program (Medicine & the Muse).