Contributors

Asheen Rama
Shoulder Joint
Pen, Ink, Marker

Tayyeba Ali, MD
Tayyeba K. Ali, M.D. is a physician writer and ophthalmologist, specializing in cornea and uveitis. After completing her undergraduate education in English literature and creative writing from Agnes Scott College, she went on to earn her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Ali is currently a medical specialist at Google and also holds affiliate assistant professor positions at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She is keenly interested in international medicine, resident education, and taking a myopic look at the moral crossroads we face in healthcare. As a second generation American, Tayyeba finds herself dwelling on migrant and refugee stories, their need for ethnic and religious identity, and the repercussions of these journeys. She is the fiction editor for Stanford’s medical literary magazine, The Pegasus Review, and has a particular affinity for colons and semicolons.

Shin Mei Chan
Shin Mei Chan is a recent Stanford graduate, is currently a research assistant through the Stanford School of Medicine and is an assistant art editor for The Pegasus Review

David Pablo Cohn
David Pablo Cohn is a scientist, flight instructor, travel writer and…well, basically a dilettante. His writing has appeared in Flight Training Magazine, the Paris Review Daily and the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research. His first collection of short fiction, Eight in Three Weeks, was published in 2017 by Montemayor Press.

Natasha Gupta
Natasha Gupta is the webmaster and provides administrative support for The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford and Stanford’s program Medicine and the Muse. She further works at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic helping children and adults lead full and meaningful lives through multi-modal brain training solutions.

Ray Deng, MD
Dr. Raymond Deng is a finalist for the Kalanithi Awards and is the author of Performing Grief.

Lauren Edwards, MD
Lauren Edwards is an internist and Clinical Assistant Professor in Stanford’s Department of Medicine, division of Primary Care and Population Health.  While attending medical school at Columbia University she trained in Narrative Medicine and deeply connected to the idea that participating in creative writing and close reading of literature helps make us better doctors. She has created Narrative Medicine curricula for Stanford Internal Medicine Residents since 2015, exploring its impact on burnout, empathy and wellbeing. She is a member of the Stanford Pegasus Physician writers group and an associate editor of the Pegasus Review.  She is also a course co-director and the reflections lead of the Stanford medical school SHIELD course “Walk with Me: A Patient-Centered Exploration of Health and the Health Care System”.

Diana Farid, MD
Diana Farid is a physician, filmmaker and writer who cares for patients at Stanford University’s Vaden Health Center and serves as a clinical instructor in the Stanford Department of Medicine. She is assistant director of the Stanford School of Medicine’s Program in Bioethics and Film. Her feature length documentary film, AMERICAN RHYTHMS (2009), follows a group of 5th graders as they participate in an elementary school drumming program. Her debut picture book, WHEN YOU BREATHE (Cameron + Kids), will be published in the fall of 2020. Her poem, “A Walk in the City”, is inspired by an experience she had as a medical student on her first rotation in the emergency department.

Nate Fox Hansen
Nathaniel Hansen graduated from Stanford University in June 2018 with a major in Biology and an honors concentration in Neurobiology, as well as a minor in Creative Writing. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar studying mental health system performance and health adaptations to climate change in the Northwest Territories, Canada.  Nathaniel’s story, entitled “To Spear A Glass Animal” was loosely inspired by his relationship with a mentor who died of an opioid overdose. It explores the narrative arc of addiction and calls for a deeper recognition of the personal and the random elements of disease development.

Paulus Hochgatterer, MD
Paulus Hochgatterer, MD, born in 1961, graduate of the University of Vienna, Austria, currently directs the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Tulln, Lower Austria. For his novels, short stories and essays he received several literary awards, among them the European Union Literature Prize (2009) for his novel The Sweetness of Life. He was the 2014 Pegasus Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and is honorary advisory board member of The Pegasus Physician Writers. In his lectures and essays he tries to point out the importance of language and narration for both the physician’s approach to people and the constitution of what we are used to call identity.  

Julia Huemer, MD
Julia Huemer is an Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. In her research and clinical work, she is mostly interested in studying trauma and trauma-associated symptoms in adolescence. Her previous work also covered a study on unaccompanied refugee minors in Austria, which influenced and inspired the present short story.  

Lisa Jacobs, MD
Lisa Jacobs, MD, MBA is a fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University who serves as an Editor at Large for The Pegasus Review and the Director of Community Engagement for Pegasus Physician Writers. She completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the founding editor of The Penndulum, a residents’ magazine. She is a former freelance journalist and is now working on her first book.

Jean Jacob, MD
Dr. Jean Jacob is currently pursuing a clinical and research fellowship in palliative care with the Princess Margaret Cancer Center and University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Prior to this, he was employed by Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration, Canada, and working with the Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society in Hyderabad, India. His piece, entitled “The fault in his scars” is inspired by his experiences working as a palliative care physician in India and is a reflection on global health needs and challenges.

Carissa Anne Lee
Carissa Anne Lee is an artist and student at Stanford University. Her oil pastel entitled Five Stages can be seen in this inaugural edition.

Michelle Liu, MD
Michelle Liu is a second year fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford and is the Runner up for the 2018 Yalom Awards.

Richard Mamelok, MD
Richard Mamelok is an internist and clinical pharmacologist.  After a brief academic career at UCSF and Stanford he has spent his medical life in the pharmaceutical and biotech world and for the past two decades has had an international consulting business for such companies.  He is the author of a collection of poems, What Grace, and his poems have appeared in several publications. Richard is a transplanted New Yorker and has lived in Palo Alto for 39 years.

Stephen Marcott
Stephen Marcott is a preclinical Stanford medical student with a penchant for reminding people that he’s from New York. His history of publishing creative nonfiction on Scott napkins says nothing of his aspirations to find a home for his writing on Bounty or, God willing, in JAMA.

Marissa McNamara
Marissa McNamara is a Kalanithi Award finalist and is the author of Recommendation.

William Meffert, MD
Surgeon in Vietnam, Iowa, Haiti, Russia, and China. Flight instructor, carpenter, surgical consultant for Stanford University. Published in: AOPA, The Vietnam Archive, The Evergreen Review, The MacGuffin, Helix Magazine, Ars Medica, Web MD, and others. Le Satan Vini (Satan Comes) was written after the horrible 2010 Haitian earthquake. Arriving a week or so after this catastrophe, I saw many injured people who survived because of good fortunate, some severely injured needing surgical treatment, and many heroes who somehow escaped death and remained working at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital despite grievous family losses.

Julia Nordgren, MD
Julia Nordgren, MD is a pediatrician and a trained chef. Her clinical practice in Palo Alto focuses on children with high cholesterol, prediabetes, or weight issues. She is has been a member of Pegasus Physician Writers since 2015 and is on the Editorial Board of the Pegasus Review. She  just published her first cookbook, The New Family Table. Her book is a physical expression of  her three great passions: cooking, doctoring, and writing. Her work – both in clinic and in writing – explore our relationships to food, to family, and how we find connection and fulfillment at the table and beyond. Find her – and some recipes  – at drjuliacooks.com.

Kendra Peterson, MD
Kendra Peterson, M.D. is a neurologist currently working at the Palo Alto, VA. She has been a member of Pegasus Physician Writers since 2011. Her creative writing has been published in ‘Intima: An Online Journal of Narrative Medicine’ and in ‘Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine’. Her poem entitled “Intracranial” was inspired by encounters with numerous veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffer the residual effects of traumatic brain injury and symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Jennifer Pien, MD
Jennifer H. Pien is the author of the forthcoming debut novel Lost in Tiananmen. She is the Assistant Director of The Pegasus Physician Writers as well as the Editor-In-Chief of The Pegasus Review. An affiliated Clinical Assistant Professor in the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, her interests include narrative medicine, human sexuality, and cultural mythologies.

Asheen Rama, MD
Dr. Rama is a clinical instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Stanford School of Medicine. Asheen is part of the Art Design team for the Review and his works entitled Three Hearts and Shoulder Joint can be seen in this inaugural edition.

Dorothy Rice
Dorothy Rice is an author and certified Amherst Writers and Artists Method workshop facilitator. After raising five children and retiring from a career in environmental protection, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, Palm Desert, at 60. Her first book, The Reluctant Artist, an art book/memoir, was published by Shanti Arts in October 2015. Gray Is the New Black, a memoir of ageism, sexism and self-acceptance, is forthcoming from Otis Books in Spring 2019. In Photographs, an essay about her mother’s descent into Alzheimer’s, was awarded second place in the 2018 Kalanithi Awards. Links to many of her published essays and short stories can be found on her website at dorothyriceauthor.com.

Sam Rodriguez, MD
Dr. Sam Rodriguez is a Pediatric Anesthesiologist at Stanford Children’s Hospital in the Clinician Educator Line. His clinical research involves creating and studying the effects of new technologies on pediatric stress and pain. He is the founder and co-director of the Stanford CHARIOT Program which creates and studies innovative approaches to treating children. The CHARIOT Program has positively impacted thousands of children and has grown to include emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality, and interactive video games. Dr. Rodriguez is also highly involved in medical humanities education at Stanford Medical School and teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on how studying art can make better physicians.

Martin Seneviratne, MD
Martin Seneviratne is a doctor from Australia, currently working as a clinical informatician in the UK. Martin has a broad interest in digital health, especially the opportunities in primary care. He completed undergraduate studies and medical school at the University of Sydney, a masters in medical informatics at Stanford, and medical residency at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. His poem in this Pegasus Review was inspired by a resident rotation in the liver transplant service.

Audrey Shafer, MD
Audrey Shafer, MD is Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine / Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System; founder and director, Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics; co-director, Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration; and co-founder of Pegasus Physician Writers. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, medical school at Stanford, and anesthesiology training at University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of The Mailbox, a children’s novel on posttraumatic stress disorder in veterans. Her poetry on anesthesia, health humanities and family life includes “The Anesthesiologist Listens,” inspired by Beethoven’s Opus 135, string quartet no. 16 for the joint Pegasus Poets-St. Lawrence String Quartet performance.

Hans Steiner, MD
Dr. Steiner received his Doctor medicinae universalis from the University of Vienna, Austria. He is Professor Emeritus (Hyper-Active) of Psychiatry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the director of The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford. As a creative writer, Dr. Steiner has edited a volume of Poetry, Memoirs and Short Stories by The Pegasus Physician Writers, “On Becoming and Being A Doctor”. He has published a psychiatric/literary essay on the psychology of Lisbeth Salander, “If Lisbeth Salander Were Real” in a 2011 volume on “The Psychology of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (Robyn Rosenberg and Shannon O’Neill, editors). He has published two short stories in 2015 Edition of THE INTIMA, “The Cat Doctor” and “Talking in Toys”.  His recently published poetry includes “Charon’s Ferry Building” in MD magazine; and “Michael Angel” in Academic Psychiatry.

Matt Stevenson, MD
Dr. Matt Stevenson has recently joined the VAPAHCS and Stanford University School of Medicine affiliated faculty in Internal Medicine after completing his residency at Stanford. He is currently the Executive Editor of The Pegasus Review and a member of The Pegasus Physician Writers. His teaching and research interests include the medical humanities, Narrative Medicine, and the intersection of individualized and ethical health care practice with the limitations of our existing medical system.

Ali Tahvildari, MD
Dr. Ali Tahvildari is a Clinical Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Radiology, having recently moved to the Washington, D.C. area. He was formerly full time faculty at VAPAHCS and Associate Program Director of the Stanford Radiology Residency Program. His writing interests include global health, physician burn out, and diagnostic uncertainty in medicine.  He is a member of the Pegasus Physician Writers since 2014. His piece, “A Good Day,” was based on a clinical experience at the Palo Alto VA, originally written for a Pegasus Reading event on the theme “Why Doctors Write.”

Henry Trueblood, MD
Henry Ward Trueblood, MD grew up in a small Iowa town where his father was the town doctor. By the age of ten he was regularly making house calls with his father on people too ill to travel. He graduated from Earlham College and then Stanford Medical School in 1964. His memoir, Blood of the Common Sky: A Young Surgeon in Vietnam, has recently been published by Astor and Lenox.

Randy Weingarten, MD
Dartmouth College, ’64; Tufts Medical School,’68
Stanford Psychiatry Residency ’72
Adj. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Affiliated  Stanford Psychiatry

My life in Medicine and Psychiatry led me to bridge the edges between the known and the unknown. Every person, family, culture entering my practice continues to leave their indelible imprint. As we face the greatest dangers to our life frame and human cultures – from extremism, nuclear disaster and environmental catastrophes – we all need to be courageous physicians, healers and poets. Dr. William Carlos Williams helped me to realize that a life in every-day medical care, in a local community, could be both a foundation and inspiration for the deepest felt poetry.

Tyson West, JD
University of Virginia, ‘70; Hastings College of the Law,’73
New York University, ‘74 LLM
Eastern Washington University, ‘92 MA

Tyson West encounters the subjects of death and chronic illness in his capacity as a guardian ad litem.  He meets incapacitated individuals and gathers their history or their version of their story which gives him inspiration for many of  poems and short stories. He has published in a wide variety of genres and styles including form, free verse and micro forms. He is on the Haiku Registry and a member of the Furry Writers Guild.

Irv Yalom, MD
Dr Irv Yalom joined the psychiatric faculty at Stanford in 1962 and began a career of teaching and research in the area of psychotherapy. After a number of research articles in group therapy he wrote a group therapy textbook, “The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy.” Later he began writing stories and novel about psychotherapy, all meant to be teaching texts and all directed to the young psychotherapist. Later textbooks include “Inpatient Group Psychotherapy, “Existential Psychotherapy,” “Staring At The Sun” and “The Gift of Therapy”. Teaching novels include: When Nietzsche Wept, The Schopenhauer Cure, Lying on the Couch, The Spinoza Problem.Collections of teaching stories include: Love’s Executioner, Creatures Of A Day, and Momma And The Meaning of Life.    

Marilyn Yalom, PhD
Marilyn Yalom, PhD, is a Senior Scholar at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. She has been a professor of French and comparative literature, director of an institute for research on women, a popular speaker on the lecture circuit, and the author of numerous books and articles on literature and women’s history. Her books have been translated into 20 languages. In 1991 she was decorated as an Officier des Palmes Académiques by the French Government.

James Yau
James Yau, senior web developer of The Pegasus Review, is a creative and technical professional based in New York. When not fulfilling his duties as a Medical Assistant, he works as a freelance videographer, and in film/video production in a variety of roles, from production assistant to assistant camera, to location manager.