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Rita Charon – The Shock of Attention: Art, Science, Creativity, and Doubt

April 27, 2017, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Alumni Auditorium, Black Building, 650 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032

Rita Charon, MD, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, and Professor of Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons

As part of the Columbia University Medical Center Dean’s Lecture Series 2016-2017, Rita Charon, MD, Ph.D., will deliver a talk entitled “The Shock of Attention: Art, Science, Creativity, and Doubt.”

Dr. Charon is a general internist and literary scholar at Columbia University who originated the field of narrative medicine. She is Professor of Medicine and founder and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia. Her research focuses on the consequences of narrative medicine practice, reflective clinical practice, and health care team effectiveness. At Columbia, she directs the Foundations of Clinical Practice faculty seminar, the Narrative and Social Medicine Scholarly Projects Concentration Track, the required Narrative Medicine curriculum for the medical school, and Columbia Commons: Collaborating Across Professions, a medical-center-wide partnership devoted to health care team effectiveness.

Following the talk will be a reception in the Alumni Auditorium Lobby. The event is free and open to the public; please visit the event website for more details. For questions, please contact Natalie Ross at or 212-304-7216.

This event is sponsored by the Columbia University Medical Center and the College of Physicians & Surgeons and is part of the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities series.


April 27, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Alumni Auditorium, Black Building
650 W. 168th Street
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