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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.

Mission: To infuse medical education with, and engage in scholarly activity around, humanities, the arts, ethics, leadership, altruism to provide excellent, holistic, and patient-centered care for the people in Texas and beyond while instilling our learners with the core values of Texas A&M University

Vision: Keeping Medicine Human - Equip learners in medicine with the ability to effectively address quality of care, patient access, health disparities, and never overlook that patients, caregivers, and physicians are human beings.

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
Department Head, Humanities in Medicine

Mark Sicilio, MD
Clinical Associate Professor

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

Susan Rudd Bailey, MD
Adjunct Professor

Fabiola Saldivar, MD
Instructional Assistant Professor

Michael Schwartz, MD,
Joint Professor

Karen Wakefield, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor