Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine | THE EDITORS
In Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness, Dr. Rita Charon speaks of the complex nature of “hearing both the body and the person speak.” She adds, “Like narrative truth, corporeal truth may not be immediately available through its telling but is recoverable through its authentic hearing.” As editors, we hope you’ll listen closely to the remarkable narratives in the Intima, and hear them deeply and authentically with us.
HERE'S WHO WE ARE ...
ANJANA BALA is a first year PhD student in Medical Anthropology at the joint UCSF/UC Berkeley program. She holds a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University and a MSc in Medical Anthropology from University College London. Outside of academia, she is an avid dancer. Bala was a Managing Editor of the Intima from 2012-2014.
MAIDA BROUDO, R.T.T., M.A., has worked for more than 25 years as a radiation therapist, treating cancer patients at the National Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She currently teaches at Harvard Medical School. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Journalism at the Harvard Extension School, and continues to do freelance health and medical journalism. She has published several medical articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has written articles for Boston Magazine, The Lazarex Cancer Foundation and Boston Biomedical.
DONNA BULSECO, M.A., M.S., is a graduate of the Narrative Medicineprogram at Columbia University. After getting her B.A. at UCLA in creative writing and American poetry, the L.A. native studied English literature at Brown University for a Master's degree, then moved to New York City. She has been an editor and journalist for the past 25 years at publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Women's Wear Daily, W, Self, and InStyle, and has written articles for Health, More and the New York Times. She is Managing Editor of Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, as well as a teaching associate at the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University.
MARIO DE LA CRUZ is one of the Founding Editors of the Intima. De la Cruz is a recent graduate of the Master's of Science in Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University. He completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology at Arizona State University and has developed multiple HIV/AIDS prevention programs and sexual health education programs for both healthcare institutions and non-profit organizations, with emphasis on at-risk youth groups. Mario is also a contributing author to the book, The Uncharted Path from Clinic-Based to Community-Based Research. His current work is in exploring visual, oral and performance based narratives.
NELLY EDMONDSON is a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master's program at Columbia University. She also is an award-winning editor and writer with extensive experience covering medical topics for print and online outlets. In addition to serving as a staff editor at publications such as Weight Watchers Magazine and Ladies’ Home Journal, she has written articles for the The New York Times, Parents, MAMM Magazine, as well as medical-school websites and publications such as Einstein Magazine and The Chironian. http://www.nellyedmondson.com
MAUREEN HIRTHLER is a physician and holds an MFA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her work has appeared in several journals, most recently in the Yale Journal of Medical Humanities, Hospital Drive, and Hippocampus, and is forthcoming in Touch and the Mulberry Fork Review. Her piece, “D/D” appeared in the Fall 2014 Intima.
SARA KOHRT is a student in the Master’s Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and has been part of the team of Health Policy researchers at Mayo Clinic for a decade. She seeks any intersection of art and science, and whatever magic may come from the crossover. She can usually be found in the gap between audience and stage with a camera in her hand, caught somewhere between witness and participant.
VIVIAN LAM is a senior at Stanford University studying Human Biology, with a concentration in Medical Humanities and Ethics, and Comparative Literature. She is captivated by palliative and end of life care, death and dying, and medical anthropology. To practice her belief that critical theory and narrative can unveil alternative modalities of care and ways of being, she is dedicated to public service, and writes and edits for a number of online and print publications and journals. She also enjoys distance running, staring vacantly into the distance, and warbling in the shower.
ZOHAR LEDERMAN is a medical doctor and a bioethics PhD candidate at the National University of Singapore. He has published stories and theater/book reviews in Pulse and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, as well as articles in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz and bioethical journals such as the Journal of Medical Ethics.
PRISCILLA MAINARDI is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University where she received a MFA in creative writing in 2012 while continuing to practice as a registered nurse. Often awed by her patients’ ability to cope with dire health issues, she is interested in exploring the ways in which narrative can connect caregivers and patients in a stronger bond to foster healing, and in the contributions of nurses to the field of narrative medicine. Her short story, "Pretending Not to Know," appeared in the Spring 2014 Intima.
RUTH MARKS is a first year medical student at Stanford University Medical School. She spent the previous two years teaching in the Human Biology Program at Stanford, helping to redesign the biology and social sciences curriculum to improve scientific communication. As an undergraduate, she studied French and Human Biology with a minor in Theater and Performance Studies. She is interested in applying performance to medical education and practice.
NATASHA MASSOUDI is a second-year medical student at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She received a MPH from the Public Health and Professional Degree Program at Tufts University School of Medicine and a B.S. in Biology and Sociology from Emmanuel College. She worked in monitoring and evaluation of health programs for five years at a public health and health consulting company headquartered in Boston. She was formerly an editor at the Journal of Humanitarian Assistance at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. Natasha is passionate about narrative medicine, women’s health, and integrative medicine.
TRISHA PAUL is a fourth year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in English with Honors along with minors in Biochemistry and Medical Anthropology. With interests in pediatric oncology and palliative care, she published a book based on her thesis called Chronicling Childhood Cancer: A Collection of Personal Stories by Children and Teens with Cancer. Trisha enjoys learning, researching, and teaching about illness narratives, and she is interested in how narrative medicine enhances humanism in medicine.
HOLLY SCHECHTER teaches English and Writing at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. She graduated from McGill University with a degree in English Literature, and holds an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Schechter is active at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she received excellent care as a patient, and in turn serves on the Friends of Mount Sinai Board and fundraises for spine research. Her piece, "Genealogy" appeared in the Fall 2014 Intima.
MICHAEL SMOLKA is a recent graduate of the Master of Science Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a Minor in Materials Science and Engineering. He is interested in the study of the philosophy of perception, medical ethics, and enhancing the dialogue between the arts and sciences. Smolka plans to attend medical school.
ELIZABETH SPRADLEY is an assistant professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. Elizabeth completed her Ph.D. in health communication at Texas A&M University in fall 2013 and has embarked on an academic career aiming to blend interests in health communication, narrative, and interpersonal relationships. In addition to working on several research projects and teaching courses in interpersonal and health communication, she is passionate about growing her own food, encouraging others to garden, and speaking about her faith.
ANNIE XIAO is a medical student at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in Biochemistry and Gender & Health. Annie is interested in exploring the unique doctor-patient relationship, medical ethics, and narrative medicine themes of illness identity and agency.