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Humanities in Medicine

About Humanities in Medicine

Humanities in Medicine, founded at the inception of the college, is a charter department in the School of Medicine.

The mission of the Department of Humanities in Medicine is to apply the humanities to the human condition through education, research and service.

In the process, we will enhance/instill respect for history, traditions and diverse heritage of our patients and fellow professionals. We will do this by focusing on these core set of attributes:

  • Ethics
  • Altruism
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Responsibility and Accountability
  • Caring
  • Compassion
  • Communication
  • Excellence in Scholarship
  • Respect


Patricia Watson, MD
Head, Humanities in Medicine

Mark Sicilio, MD
Associate Department Head

Craig Borchardt, PhD
Assistant Professor

Rania Cannaday, MD,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Michael Dewsnap, PhD
Instructional Assistant Professor

Nancy W. Dickey, MD,
Joint Professor

Heidy B. Frias Ferreira, MD
Instructional Assistant Professor

Barbara Gastel, MD

Marcy Halterman-Cox, MPH, JD, DC,
Clinical Assistant Professor

Dianne Kraft, PhD,
Instructional Assistant Professor

Gül Russell, PhD

Michael Schwartz, MD,
Joint Professor

Karen Wakefield, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor