Rita Charon

Rita Charon, MD, PhD, is a general internist and literary scholar who originated the field of narrative medicine. She is founder and executive director of the Program in Narrative Medicine and a professor of medicine at Columbia University. Her research investigates narrative medicine training, reflective practice, healthcare justice, and healthcare team effectiveness, and has been supported by the NIH, the NEH, and private foundations. Rita has authored, coauthored, or coedited four books on narrative medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on narrative medicine and is widely published in leading medical and literary journals.

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