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ShapiroheadshotDaniel Shapiro, Ph.D.
Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs
Chair, Department of Humanities
Garner James Cline Professor of Humanities in Medicine
Research and Academic Interests
• Humanistic communication with patients
• Administrative structures that encourage cultural change in medical systems
• Integrating humanities into residencies
• Humanities education
Current CV

Documentary Films made by Medical Students


Ballard2008J. O. Ballard, M.D.
Professor of Humanities, Medicine and Pathology
Jane W. and Lawrence F. Kienle Chair in Humane Medicine
Research and Academic Interests
• Medical Humanities
• End-of-life care
• Medical Student Education
• Inter-professional education
Current CV

Medical Humanities

Patients as Teachers Project

Driskill Lecture

Kienle Drama Group
Dellasega_resizedCheryl Dellasega, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine and Humanities, Penn State College of Medicine
Professor of Women's Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
Completed funded research on the following topics:
• A writing support group for caregivers
• Arts and healing for adolescents
• Cognitive impairment in older adults
• Cognitive capacity for decision making in hospitalized older adults
• End of life decision making
• Evaluation of HIV/AIDS programming in Mifflin/Juniata counties
• Impact of a humanities-based writing program on incarcerated women
• Medication use in community dwelling older adults
• Motivational interviewing for at-risk patients with Type 2 DM
• Nurses and creative writing
• Social media and stress management for medical students
• Transitional care for frail older adults
• Therapeutic writing intervention for persons with Type 2 diabetes

Research in progress:
• Cyberbullying
• Development of the RAS (Relational Aggression Scale)
• Use of EW (expressive writing) via social media for stress relief
• Relational aggression in nurses and physicians
• The cadaver as crucible
• Social fictions

Dr. Dellasega is also a nurse practitioner and the award winning author of seven commercial books on female relationships. She created Club and Camp Ophelia for girls in 2001 and continues to share her expertise on female relationships in the popular press and real time venues around the world.
Current CV

Club Ophelia
DannyCasualPortrait3x3Daniel George, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities
• Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
• Quality of life and dementia
• Inter-generational relationships
• Narrative medicine
• Farmers’ markets and public health interventions
• Social media in academic medicine
• Co-author of The Myth of Alzheimer’s: What You Aren’t Being Told About Today’s Most Dreaded Diagnosis (St. Martin’s Press, 2008), which has been translated into German, French, Italian, and Japanese.
Current CV

Hershey Farmers Market

Myth of Alzheimers BLOG

MGreen 150x150 72Michael J. Green, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P.
Professor of Humanities and Medicine
A Physician and bioethicist
Chair of the Hospital Ethics Committee
Director of the Program in Bioethics
• Currently Professor in the Departments of Humanities and Internal Medicine, where he cares for patients, teaches medical students and residents, and conducts research in bioethics.
• Published numerous articles and received many grant awards for his research, which most recently has focused on helping patients make informed decisions.
• Co-creator of “Making Your Wishes Known,” an interactive computer-based decision aid that helps individuals be better prepared to make medical decisions when they can no longer speak for themselves.
• Pioneer in the field of “Graphic Medicine,” having co-organized several international conferences on Comics and Medicine. For the past several years has taught a course on the topic to 4th-year medical students at Hershey.
• Co-author of a recent paper published in the BMJ on Comics and Medicine.
Current CV

Ethics and Professionalism

Advance Directives Research

Graphic Storytelling and Medical Narratives
BLeviBenjamin H. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Humanities
Director, Center for the Protection of Children from Abuse
Penn State Children's Hospital
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Current Teaching:
• Ethics and Professionalism, course for 2nd-year medical students (Co-Director)
• Contemporary Issues in Bioethics, month-long seminar for 4th-year medical students
• Clinical Pediatrics, lectures & informal teaching to residents and med students
• Pediatric Ethics, quarterly seminar for pediatrics residents
• Pediatric Ethics, monthly seminar for 3rd-year med students on pediatrics clerkship
• MICU/SICU Ethics Conference, monthly seminar for Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Unit residents, fellows and attending physicians (Facilitator)
• Pediatric Critical Care Ethics, twice yearly seminar for critical care nurses (Lecturer)
Current CV

Look Out for Child

Center for the Protection of Children

Advance Directives

Addressing Parents' Immunization Concerns

Ethics and Professionalism
krm for web2Kimberly R. Myers, M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Humanities and English
Director of Competency-Based Assessment and Reflective Learning, Penn State College of Medicine
Founder and Facilitator of Penn State Hershey Physician Writers Group
Teaching 2014-2015
Courses for all first-year medical students:
• Profession of Medicine
• Medical Humanities (Course Co-Director)
• Critical Thinking
Selectives for fourth-year medical students:
• Narrative Medicine at the Bedside
• The Medical Detective

Areas of Specialty
• Medical student education: curriculum design, pedagogy and assessment
• Medical creative writing
• Pathography
• Literature and medicine
• Narrative medicine
• Graphic medicine

Recent Scholarly and Creative Achievements
Graphic Medicine Manifesto (book, co-author)
Edges of Light: Images of Breast Transformation (multi-media exhibit touring nationally)
Abbreviated CV

Physician Writers Group

Medical Humanities

Graphic Medicine Manifesto

Edges of Light: Images of Breast Transformation
Becky VolpeRebecca Volpe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities
Director, Clinical Ethics Consultation Service
Vice Chair for Education
Research Interests
Medical Humanities Education
• Curriculum development
• Education outcomes
• Medical humanities infrastructure

Clinical Ethics Consultation
• Best practices in process
• The limits of respecting autonomy
Current CV

Ethics Committee (Internal Use Only)

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