Christian Hervé holds a PhD in Medicine (1978) and in Human Biology (1988). He is currently a Professor of Legal Medicine and Medical Law. Dr. Hervé is the Director of “Laboratoire d’éthique médicale et de médecine légale” (University Paris-Descartes) and of the department “Consultations et santé publique du Centre d'Accueil et d'Hébergement, Soins Hospitaliers de Nanterre.” He is the Vice-President of “Union Nationale des Réseaux de Santé.” Dr. Hervé is the Director of Courrier de la Société Française et Francophone d’éthique médical and a member of the editorial board of Aporia (University of Toronto), Corps (CNRS), Revue générale de droit médical (University of Poitiers) and Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry (Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA).
Diego Gracia is now Emeritus Professor of the Complutense University of Madrid, where he was Full Professor of History of Medicine and where he coordinated a Master’s degree in Bioethics. He received a diploma in Clinical Psychology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca, and is also a specialist in Psychiatry. He is the Director of the Xavier Zubiri Foudation. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Director of the Bioethics Institute of the Fundación de Ciencias de la Salud [Health Sciences Foundation]. His most important publications include: Etica y vida: Estudios de bioética (4 Vols., 1998); Medice, cura te ipsum: Sobre la salud física y mental de los profesionales sanitarios (2004), and Como arqueros al blanco: Estudios de bioética (2004).
Jorge Soares has been the Director of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation since 2009 and the Head of the Gulbenkian Programme for Innovation in Health since 2012. Professor of Pathology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon (2004-2012) and at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, NOVA Medical School (1996-2004), he was also an Invited Professor of Legal Medicine and Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine from 2001 to 2003. Among other positions, he was the Director of the Institute of Forensic Sciences at Lisbon (2001-2003), of the Pathological Anatomy Service (2004-2009) and of the Pathology Department of Lisbon Cancer Institute (1985-2009). A member of “Conselho Nacional de Ética para as Ciências da Vida” (2003-2008) and of the FCT Scientific Council for Health Sciences (2005-2009), Jorge Soares was also the President of the Scientific Council for Life and Health Sciences (2013-2014). From 1996 to 1998, he was a national expert at the 3rd “Europe Against Cancer” Council of the European Union. The autor of numerous papers, he is mainly interested in oncology and pathology, especially in head&neck and breast pathology.
Rita Charon is a general internist (Harvard) 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, Rita 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. 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. Recently, in 2017, a Department for Medical Humanities and Ethics was created on Columbia University, headed by Professor Charon.
Rita 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 (2008) and co-editor of Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics (2002), Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine (2008), and The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (2017). She is currently working on a book on Henry James.