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 ...
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, MA, MS, is a graduate of the Narrative Medicineprogram at Columbia University. After getting her BA 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.
TANMOY DAS LALA is a full-time Health & Life Sciences consultant residing in New York City. Tanmoy is a poetry enthusiast and loves to explore the intersection of medicine and poetry through this artistic genre. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals including Intima, Chelsea Station, JAMA, JAMA Oncology, Neurology, CHEST and Ars Medica.
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
JOSEPH EVELD, M.S., M.F.A., is the Program Manager for the Division of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and a graduate of the Narrative Medicine Master’s program. As an adolescent he survived over two years of treatment for an aggressive form of bone cancer, turning to writing as a means to cope with this experience. Eveld subsequently focused his studies in Narrative Medicine on how creative writing can be used to improve health outcomes for patients of terminal and chronic illness. He completed his M.F.A. in Fiction at the Creative Writing program at Boston University and has been a finalist for Glimmer Train Magazine’s Short Story Award for New Writers. His poem “Cisplatin at 11:15” appeared in the Spring 2014 Intima. Eveld is currently working on his first novel.
MALINI GANDHI is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she majored in biology. She is currently working at the UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education, conducting clinical research in Hepatitis C and HIV/Hepatitis C co-infection. She is also deeply passionate about literature and creative writing, particularly poetry, and is fascinated by the power of narrative, dialogue, and communication in medicine. At Yale, she served as a Literary Editor and led creative writing workshops for the Yale Literary Magazine, and was a finalist at the Glascock Intercollegiate Poetry Contest. She was also involved with a narrative medicine project at Yale New Haven Hospital interviewing patients about their life stories and composing written narratives. Gandhi hopes to continue to work at the crossroads of medicine and storytelling in the future.
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.
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.
PRISCILLA MAINARDI, a registered nurse, attended the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MFA degree in creative writing from Rutgers University. Her work appears in numerous journals, most recently The Examined Life Journal and Prick of the Spindle. Her short story, "Pretending Not to Know," appeared in the Spring 2014 Intima. Mainardi, who teaches English Composition at Rutgers in Newark, New Jersey, joined the editorial board of Intima in 2015.
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 fourth-year medical student at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. She received an MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and a BS in Biology and Sociology from Emmanuel College. Massoudi is passionate about narrative medicine, women’s health, and integrative medicine. She worked in qualitative health research at a Boston-based public health/health consulting firm for five years before pursuing medicine.
On hiatus, Spring 2019
TRISHA PAUL is a resident physician in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota who aspires to be a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician. She completed her undergraduate degree in English and medical school education at the University of Michigan. She published a book based on her thesis, Chronicling Childhood Cancer: A Collection of Personal Stories by Children and Teens with Cancer, and was the editor-in-chief of a medical student essay compendium entitled Iatrogenesis: Essays on Becoming a Physician. She is passionate about writing, ethics, and narrative medicine, with a particular interest in the power of narrative to enhance humanism in medicine.
ANGELICA RECIERDO is a graduate student in Columbia University's Narrative Medicine program. She also works as a Clinical Content Editor at Doximity in San Francisco, CA. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University and was a Global Health Corps Fellow in 2016-17. She has worked at the intersection of health and writing/communications, specifically in the fields of healthcare innovation, health equity, and racial justice. Angelica is a creative writer, and her work can be found in Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Literary Orphans, HalfwayDownTheStairs, and The Huntington News, among others. Her essay “Coming Out of the Medical Closet” appeared in the Spring 2014 Intima.
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 medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He is a graduate of the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University. He received his B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida. Michael is interested in the history and philosophy of science and medicine, medical ethics, and enhancing the dialogue between the arts and sciences. On hiatus, Spring 2019
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.
JONATHAN SU is a first-year student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. He is captivated by the language of biomedical science, reflections of suffering and death, and minority voices in Narrative Medicine. In order to facilitate and enhance the physician-patient relationship, he advocates for the balance between the art of healing and scientific/technical expertise. His goal of becoming a physician has been rooted in humanizing medicine, ever since he was a freshman at Xavier High School when he volunteered at Coney Island Hospital as a clerical/comfort care volunteer and served as President of the Medical Science Club. He enjoys writing, reading, and listening to music.
BRANDON SULTAN is a medical student at the Howard University College of Medicine. He has Master’s Degrees in Narrative Medicine and in Bioethics, both from Columbia University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Political Science from Tufts University. Sultan is co-author of the piece “Team-Building Skills and Enhancing Competencies in Health-Care Professions,” featured in the book Keeping Reflections Fresh: A Practical Guide for Clinical Educators. He is inspired by his father, a Venezuelan doctor who spent 40 years practicing medicine in inner-city communities. Sultan spent 10 years along with his mother caring for his grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He intends to honor their legacy and pursue his passion of a career in geriatric medicine.