António Martins da Silva

António Martins da Silva is a Doctor at the Santo António Hospital and a Full Professor of Human Physiology at the University of Oporto (Portugal). He is a researcher at ICBAS – Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, a member of the Executive Committee for the European Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology, and the coordinator of the Neurophysiology Service at the Santo António Hospital/Centro Hospitalar do Porto. He focuses his research activity in various fields of Neurophysiology, namely in brain function in health and in disease, in epilepsy and sleep, and in quality of life in chronic neurological disorders. Some of his recent publications include: (co-author) “Posttraumatic epilepsy”, in H. Stefan and W.H. Theodore, Eds. Epilepsy, Part II – Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Chapter 35, Vol. 108 (3rd series), 2012: 585-99, Elsevier; (co-author) “Is lower urinary tract dysfunction an early marker of Portuguese type familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy in women? – Preliminary results”, Arch. Esp. Urol. 2014; 67 (6): 557-564; and (co-author) “Psychosocial factors as predictors of quality of life in chronic Portuguese patients”, Health Qual Life Outcomes, 2014 Jan 9; 12 (1): 3. He is also an Associate Editor of Seizure – European Journal of Epilepsy (Elsevier BV Publishers), and a regular reviewer for the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry; Seizure, Revista de Neurologia; and Acta Médica Portuguesa.

Clara Crabbé Rocha

A retired Full Professor of the New University of Lisbon, Clara Crabbé Rocha is an expert in 20th Century Portuguese Literature. She received her PhD with a thesis entitled Revistas Literárias do Século XX (1985) and published, along several other essays, the volumes O Espaço Autobiográfico em Miguel Torga (1977), Os “Contos Exemplares” de Sophia de Mello Breyner (1978), O Essencial sobre Mário de Sá-Carneiro (1985), Máscaras de Narciso (1992), Miguel Torga – Fotobiografia (2000) and O Cachimbo de António Nobre e outros Ensaios (2003). In 2004 she was a Guest Lecturer at the Sorbonne. She has recently published an anthology on Literature and Medicine.

João Lobo Antunes

João Lobo Antunes graduated in Medicine at the University of Lisbon 1967. Between 1971 and 1984 he worked in New York, at the Columbia University. He is a Full Professor of Neurosurgery at the Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon since 1984. He is also the author of many scientifical papers and books in the field of Neurosciences, being now the appointed Chairman of the Institute of Molecular Medicine. He published several essay books: Um Modo de Ser (1996), Numa Cidade Feliz (1999), Memória de Nova Iorque e Outros Ensaios (2002), Sobre a Mão e Outros Ensaios (2008), O Eco Silencioso (2008), Inquietação Interminável (2010), and one biography, Egas Moniz (2010), all edited by Gradiva. In 1996 he was awarded a Prémio Pessoa. His last work is entitled A Nova Medicina (2012).

Rita Charon

Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar at Columbia University in New York, NY, USA. She has a small general practice in a poor immigrant neighborhood of Manhattan. She teaches medical students about the language of medicine, how to build helpful relationships with patients, and how to use the imagination in the care of the sick. By creating the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia in 2000, Dr. Charon brought together scholars from the humanities and social sciences with doctors, nurses, social workers, psychoanalysts to think, together, about how the use of stories improves health care.
The Program, under Dr. Charon’s directorship, provides a robust educational program for clinicians and trainees of many disciplines and many levels of training. The Program has an active research agenda, collecting evidence of the consequences of narrative training for clinicians. In 2009, the Master of Science in Narrative Medicine was launched at Columbia, attracting clinicians at all stages of their careers along with writers, poets, literary scholars, journalists, and young students on their way into one or another of these fields. Dr. Charon has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation residence at Bellagio, and many achievement awards from medical and literary societies. She lectures and publishes extensively on narrative medicine topics. She is the author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness and co-editor of Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine and Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics. She is working on a book on Henry James.

Arno K. Kumagai

Dr. Arno Kumagai is associate professor of internal medicine and medical education at the University of Michigan Medical School.  He is an adult endocrinologist, and his clinical interests are in the intensive treatment of type 1 diabetes.
Dr. Kumagai received his BA in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley and his MD from UCLA.  He completed his residency in internal medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and a fellowship in endocrinology at UCLA.  Dr. Kumagai joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1996.
Dr. Kumagai’s current focus is in undergraduate medical education.  He serves as director of the Family Centered Experience Program and Longitudinal Case Studies, two small group-based courses in the first two years of medical school.   He also directs the second-year endocrinology sequence and is active in curriculum design and administration.  His research interests include use of narratives in medical education, active and transformative learning, faculty development, critical pedagogy, and multicultural education.
Dr. Kumagai is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the, the AAMC/Pfizer Award for Humanism in Medical Education (1999), the Health Care Foundation of New Jersey Award for Humanism in Medicine (1999), Kaiser Permanente Award for Excellence in Basic Science Teaching (2002), and the Provost Innovative Teaching Prize from University of Michigan (2009).