Stanford Storytelling and Medicine Scholars Class of 2023

Meet Our Team


Lacey Jones is a PhD candidate in English and Religious Studies at Yale University and an assistant editor at The Yale Review. Her dissertation argues that metafiction is the epistemological structure of the secular, and she thinks and writes across multiple genres about despair, repair, and "the meta." After completing her PhD, Lacey plans to attend medical school. 


Urte Laukaityte is a writer, science communicator, and artist. As part of her philosophy PhD at UC Berkeley, her research interests span a range of disciplines under the umbrella of cognitive science, with a primary focus on theoretical psychiatry. She has published articles in general audience magazines, such as the Public Domain Review, History Today, among others, and she serves as assistant producer for the Many Minds podcast. Her work has been supported by a number of foundations and other grant-awarding bodies; for instance, she has been selected as a Regents fellow, a Global Priorities fellow, a PIBBSS fellow, a DISI fellow, as well as a SSNAP fellow. Urte is currently a Solitude fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, where she is involved in various art collaborations - most notably in photography.

Thanh Doan is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, pursuing degrees in Public Health and Molecular & Cellular Biology with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and is co-founder of Bluejays & Poets, a student-organized poetry space. 

Samanthaka Nandam is a sophomore undergraduate student from Orlando, FL. She is majoring in Neuroscience and plans on becoming a physician. Samanthaka is passionate about integrating humanities into medicine to foster a well-rounded environment. She started an Arts in Health club to educate people about the interdisciplinary approach to medicine. Her hobbies include journaling, cooking, and reading. 

Riya Gupta is an applied psychology major at NYU, and is highly interested in the field of psychiatry and medical humanities,  as  she has been an individual immersed in dance and music. Riya has a project called Kali’s Karma which spotlights the mental health of south Asian women through podcast episodes, blogs, insta posts, and infographics.  Riya's favorite book is The Kite Runner, and favorite movie is Inception. 

Connor Campbell studied Neuroscience and Film, along with researching therapeutics for neurodegeneration.  With hopes to re-contextualize diagnoses with storytelling, Connor will complete the MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University before matriculating into medical school.

Isa Morales graduated from UChicago in 2019 with a B.A. in History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HIPS) and a minor in Human Rights. Currently, Isa is completing a post-bacc program at WashU and planning on applying to medical school in 2024. For the past 3 years, Isa has worked on contraceptive and abortion care research for the department of OBGYN at both Rush Medical College and UChicago Medicine. She also started the Aves del Paraíso Task Force through the Medical Organization for Latinx Advancement (MOLA) to create a safe space for DACAmented/undocumented pre-med and medical students.Isa is excited about potentially publishing a graphic medicine comic!

Bo James Hwang received his Bachelor's of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in Gender Studies and Asian American Studies. He is a study coordinator, HIV case manager, and a peer health educator at a community health clinic. Bo aspires to intersect medicine, storytelling, and research as a future physician-leader. His piece titled, "The Intersection of My Identities" has been selected and published on The Citadel, a collection of prose, poetry, and art for the greater Los Angeles communities.