Humanities at the Bedside

The Team

Jay Baruch

Jay Baruch, MD is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where he's the director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration. He's a former Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. His academic interests include medical humanities and the the role of creativity in clinical medicine. He's served as the chair of the ACEP medical humanities section, as a Director-at-Large, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Arts and Health Advisory Group for the RI Department of Health. He received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. His books of short fiction include What's Left Out and Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers.

Arlene Chung

Arlene S. Chung, MD, MACM is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Associate Program Director for the Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Residency Program in New York City. Dr. Chung is currently the Chair-Elect for the ACEP Wellness Section and an active member of the ACEP Well-being Committee. Her professional interests include the use of narratives for building resilience and the development of systems-level interventions to promote physician wellness.

Dina Helmfarb

Nadine T. Himelfarb, MD, FACEP is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Clinician Educator at The Alpert Medical School of Brown University and an Assistant Program Director for the Brown Emergency Medicine Program. Dr. Himelfarb is an active member of the ACEP Medical Humanities Section as well as a member of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors Task force on Wellness and Resilience. She is a published writer who believes in the power of story to heal and better understand the human condition. She is interested in studying the adoption of well-being and resilience best-practices for the betterment of physician and patient health.

Bonnie Marr  

Bonnie K. Marr, MD is an Assistant Professor with primary appointment in Emergency Medicine  and secondary appointment in Medicine within the Section of Palliative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  Dr. Marr has an interest in the use of the humanities in medical education and pursued research projects dedicated to this both within residency and fellowship resulting in presentations at a national conference.  She continues to explore how the use of the arts can enhance clinical practice and provide unique educational experiences that also foster physician wellness.  


Peter J. Paganussi, MD, FACEP

Since July 2009 Dr. Paganussi has worked for Emergency Medicine Associates (Germantown, MD - 21 Emergency Department contracts in Maryland, Virginia, D.C. and West Virginia). Primarily based at Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Va. Dr. Paganussi holds clinical privileges at Inova Alexandria Hospital (VA) , Sibley Memorial Hospital (DC) , and Jefferson Memorial Hospital (WVa) as well. He is currently Director of Patient Satisfaction - Virginia Sites for the company.

Dr. Paganussi was elected President of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians (VACEP) in 2009 after serving as Secretary in 2007 and President-Elect in 2008.  In this capacity, he served on the Board of Directors of VACEP and since 1999, has served as editor in chief and quarterly columnist for the VACEP newsletter Epic and as Chair of the Government Affairs & Communications Committees of VACEP. Dr. Paganussi is a founding member of the Section of Medical Humanities, American College of Emergency Physicians and has been editor of the section newsletter (ie, MUSE) since 2005. He has published numerous scientific articles, textbook chapters, medical essays and poetry. 


Associate Professor, UCSF-Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine

Since I have always been interested in language, literature and cognition, working on the ACEP Humanities at the Bedside Project was a real hoot. I helped curate the “Connections” Module for the project, alongside these awesome ACEP members: Martin Huecker, Brian Barlow, Laura Miller, Cindy Bitter, and Peter Paganussi. Under the wonderful leadership of Jay Baruch and Nadine Himelfarb, we all had a great time annotating and organizing the selections for this module. We hope you will enjoy exploring this space, and perhaps even consider joining in this vital endeavor to advance the appreciation of literary and visual arts in the service of emergency medicine.

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