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Narrative Medicine: Stories Are Good for Your Health
Guests: Sayantani Das Gupta and Jon Lloyd
Sayantani DasGupta, MD MPH is a physician, writer and narrative medicine scholar. She is a faculty member at the Master's in Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia University and the graduate program in health advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. She teaches prose in the summer "Writing the Medical Experience" conference, and is an associate editor of the journal "Literature and Medicine." She is the co-author of "The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales," the author of a memoir about her education at Johns Hopkins Medical School "Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor," and co-editor of an award winning collection of women's illness narratives "Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies." Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including JAMA, The Hastings Center Report, Pediatrics and The Lancet. She is interested in issues of story in medicine, illness and disability memoirs, race and gender in medical education, and representations of the female body and reproduction in film and literature.
Jon Lloyd, MD is a senior associate at the Positive Deviance Initiative at Tufts Univeresity. He earned his MD Degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, completed training in general, thoracic and vascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers and was director of the surgical residency program. He was a surgeon and major in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and served as chairman of the Department of Surgery, Shadyside Hospital from 1978-1988. In 1997, Dr. Lloyd participated in the founding of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative. In July 2004, Dr Lloyd became Pittsburgh Project Coordinator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Healthcare System to work on a community-wide effort to eliminate endemic Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Patricia Rush, MD, MBA, an internal medicine physician with expertise in chronic illness, has created an innovative primary care practice using complexity science principles. Dr. Rush is dedicated to creating an effective, universally-available system for promoting health, and reducing disparities in health of marginalized populations. Her work focuses on the basic foundations of how we understand health and disease. In the past ten years Dr. Rush has also studied Traditional Chinese Medicine - as a 2000 year old medical system based on non-linear dynamics.