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“The Doctors Are In: Poetry and Healing” by Astonished Harvest

Join Richard Bronson, M.D.; Maria Basile, M.D.; Jack Coulehan, M.D., three poet-physicians who will share a theatrical performance and poetry reading. Book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

Astonished Harvest is a community of poets sponsored by the Stony Brook University Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics.

(from left to right: Dr. Richard Bronson, Dr. Maria Basile, and Dr. Jack Coulehan)

Dr. Richard Bronson, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology, is one of the founders of Astonished Harvest at Stony Brook and a faculty member of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics. His poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies. Bronson is the recipient of the Poem of the Year award from the American College of Physicians. His third collection of poems, “Passage,” was published in 2014.

Dr. Maria Basile is a colorectal surgeon who recently left private practice to pursue interests in Healthcare Policy and Administration. She is on the core faculty at the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, where she teaches medical school and graduate-level courses in literature and medicine. She is author of “Minimally Invasive: Poems from a Life in Surgery.”

Physician, poet, and medical educator, Jack Coulehan is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and former director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Jack’s poems and stories appear frequently in literary magazines and medical journals, and his work is widely anthologized. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including most recently The Wound Dresser (JB Stillwater, 2016), which was a finalist for the Dorset Poetry Prize. He has co-edited two anthologies of poems by physicians and edited Chekhov’s Doctors, a collection of Anton Chekhov’s medical tales. Jack’s award-winning textbook The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice is used in medical schools throughout the United States. Among his honors are the Humanities Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2005) and the Nicholas Davies Scholar Award of the American College of Physicians for “outstanding lifetime contributions to the humanities in medicine” (2012).