Anna Willieme, MFA
Founder and Director ArtMed inSight
Anna Willieme is the founder and director of ArtMed inSight which investigates connections between art, perception and medicine. ArtMed inSight specializes in the development of educational programs for physicians and healthcare professionals which use art to help them strengthen their visual diagnostic and communication expertise. ArtMed inSight also focuses on the creation and design of sensory-based art installations for hospital and medical settings.
Willieme is recognized as an expert in the art and medicine domain and brings to her leadership in the field over 20 years of experience as a visual artist, art lecturer, collaborator with leading museums in the US such as the MET Museum, innovative curricula designer, and passionate creator of art, medicine and science synergies.
She is also a frequent speaker on art as well as art and medicine. She has presented and participated in conferences both in the US and abroad. She is a regular presenter at Grand Rounds at Stamford and other hospitals. One of her course designs is the topic of a forthcoming research paper to be published in Academic Medicine in November 2018. It shows increased reflection and perceptual skills for first-year medical students at Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical College.
Anna Willieme also writes on art and health and her recent articles have appeared in publications such as Alive and Spirituality and Health Magazine. As a visual artist, Willieme works with a variety of media including photography, printing, painting, and installation. Her exhibition and art installation experience includes works in galleries and public spaces in major cities in both the US and Europe.
Past Guest Workshop Leaders/Collaborators
Sigall Bell, MD
Rabkin Fellow in Medical Education/ Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School Fellowship Project: The medical writing initiative: An introduction to academic and reflective writing for 3rd year medical students during a longitudinal clerkship.
Dr. Bell completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992, graduating summa cum laude in Molecular and Cell Biology. While at UC Berkeley, she was the recipient of several scholar-athlete awards, a 4-time Academic All-American, an NCAA National Championships gymnast, and a member of the US gymnastics team at the World Maccabiah Games. She earned her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1997, and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA in 2000. After serving as Chief Medical Resident, she studied at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and contributed to public health and clinical efforts in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Brazil, Israel, and South Africa. She completed her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2005. [Read more]
Elizabeth Gaufberg, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Director of Professional Development CHA.
Dr. Liz Gaufberg is the Director of CHA’s newly formed Center for Professional Development. Liz trained in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at CHA, and has spent her entire career at this incredible institution. She has held a number of clinical roles at the interface of medicine and psychiatry, including running a primary care clinic for patients with chronic mental illness and directing the medical consultation service to inpatient psychiatry. Her roles in medical education span the developmental spectrum; in addition to her faculty development role, she leads the Patient-Doctor course for the HMS Cambridge Integrated Clerkship, and is Director of Psychosocial Training for the CHA Medicine Residency. Liz loves using the arts in medical education, has an active collaboration with the Harvard Art Museum, and is a founding editor of Auscultations, the award-winning CHA literary arts journal. [Read more]
Carol Mostow, LICSW
For the last 8 years Carol Mostow LICSW has been the Associate Director of Psychosocial Training for the Residency Program in Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center where she also spent 17 years training internal medicine residents, observing and coaching their interactions in 7 different clinics as well as in seminars. Additionally, Ms. Mostow is a Schwartz Rounds facilitator and facilitates faculty development courses for practicing clinicians and medical faculty through the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare where she completed a 5 year training program. Ms. Mostow also brings 25 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist in out-patient, in-patient and community-based programs. Ms. Mostow founded the Diversity Curriculum Task Force in the Dept of Medicine at Boston Medical Center, served as Principal Investigator of a BCBS funded Faculty Development Project for preceptors, and recently completed a manuscript as first author regarding the RESPECT model, a relational model for communication with both patients and trainees to address differences of race, ethnicity and power. She brings a relational focus to the in-patient service as well where she has facilitated weekly team communication meetings for the last year. Ms. Mostow is a cum laude graduate of Yale College and Simmons School of Social Work.
Michael Nathan, MD
Michael Nathan trained in primary care internal medicine at the University of Rochester after graduating from Rush Medical College in 1986, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science from MIT in 1978. He has been in primary care practice at Massachusetts General Hospital and on faculty at Harvard Medical School since 1990. He has also pursued some graduate level coursework in Medical Anthropology.
He has taught and studied communication skills training since completing residency in 1990. He has worked actively in training and teaching with the American Academy on Communication in Health Care in national courses, and taught and coordinated groups for many years in the first year interviewing course at Harvard Medical School. In addition he has taught interviewing skills and cross-cultural communications to residents at Massachusetts General Hospital.
A graduate of Columbia University, Josh Summers spent several years in India, Taiwan and Burma where he studied meditation and yoga. He currently teaches yoga and meditation in the Boston area and is a co-founder of Sati Solutions, a mindfulness-based strategy firm. Josh recently co-authored The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living.
Lila (Kate) Wheeler
Lila (Kate) Wheeler has been leading retreats around the United States for nearly 20 years. She first learned Vipassana meditation from Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield in the late 1970s, spent time as a nun in Burma in the 1980s, and entered the Tibetan Vajrayana path in 1991. She maintains close connections with Western and Asian teachers in all of these Buddhist traditions. Writing as ‘Kate’, she is an award-winning fiction writer and journalist, author of the short story collection Not Where I Started From; a novel,When Mountains Walked; and editor of an anthology of Buddhist fiction and two volumes of talks by her Burmese meditation master, Sayadaw U Pandita.