Research Team & Consultants
Isabel Fernandes (PI) (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon)
Isabel Fernandes (PhD – 1988; Habilitation – 2007) is a Full Professor at the Department of English Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. She also created and coordinates the international and interdisciplinary Programme on Narrative & Medicine since 2009, known as Project in Medical Humanities, from 2018 onwards. She is PI (Principal Investigator) of SHARE – Saúde e Humanidades Actuando em REde / Health and Humanities Acting Together, funded by FCT (June 2018 – June 2021). She has published extensively in the fields of her expertise, namely, English Literature, Narratology, Inter-art Studies and, more recently, Narrative Medicine. Among her more recent publications are the following books: Olhar a Escrita: Para uma Introdução ao Estudo da Literatura na Universidade (2005), Critical Dialogues: Slow Readings of English Literary Texts (2011), Literatura: a (in)disciplina na intersecção dos saberes e das artes (2011). She coordinated and coedited the following volumes: Creative Dialogues: Narrative and Medicine (2015) and Contar (com) a Medicina (first published in 2015; revised and extended editions in 2016 and 2018).
Maria de Jesus Cabral (CO PI) (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon)
Maria de Jesus Cabral is Assistant Professor at the School of Arts and Humanities (ELACH), of the University of Minho. She obtained her PhD in French Literature in 2005 from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where she taught between 1994 and 2008. Her dissertation studied the poetic thought of Stéphane Mallarmé on the francophone symbolist sphere (1885-1992) with particular focus on Maurice Maeterlinck's theatre. She also holds an MA in French Literature, obtained with the dissertation Saint-Exupéry: itinéraires fictionnels (School of Arts and Humanities from the University of Lisbon, 1998). From 2008 to 2021, she worked intensively in research, between the University of Coimbra and the University of Lisbon, with inter/national literary studies projects, funded by FCT, focusing on poetic theatre (french, belgian and portuguese literature), on literary reading, on Narrative Medicine and Health Humanities, such as the project "Do Texto ao corpo. Interfaces teatro e medicina", developed from 2013 to 2019, which integrated a field-work component at the IPO - Francisco Gentil Portuguese Oncology Institute (Lisbon).
She is a founding member of the Portuguese Association of French Studies (APEF) and serves as its president since 2015 and she co-coordinates the research network LEA ! Lire en Europe Aujourd’hui. She is also co-PI of project SHARE – Health and Humanities Acting Together (ULisbon). She authored the book Mallarmé hors frontières (Rodopi, 2008), and she recently prepared an anotated and commented edition of Eugénio de Castro. She published extensively in specialised journals and coedited, among others, Le toucher: prospections médicales, artistiques et littéraires (2019), Lire les villes (2020), O(u)sar a literatura. Um Laboratório de leituras para a reflexão em saúde (2021). She has translated works dealing mainly with the thought about literature and language (Paul Ricoeur, Julia Kristeva, Alain Trouvé, Dominique Grandmont...).
Afonso Miguel Cavaco (Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon)
Afonso Miguel Cavaco is an associate professor in Social Pharmacy at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon. He holds a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (FFULisboa), a Masters’ degree in Community Pharmacy (FFULisboa) and a Ph.D. in Pharmacy Practice and Policy (Uni London, UK). He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Communication, as a Fulbright Fellow, at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University (USA). He is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Lisbon, responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in Social Pharmacy, as well as postgraduate courses where he teaches Health Communication. He was a full-time lecturer at the University of Oslo (Norway), being currently a visiting professor at the University of Helsinki (Finland) and the University of Vilnius (Lithuania). He has published extensively in communication topics related to the use of health technologies, patient counselling, and education on the rational use of medicines. His main research interests include client-health professional interaction studies and research on written health information, particularly on patient safety and the humanization of healthcare, and also pharmaceutical education. Recent publications include Establishing trustworthiness and authenticity in qualitative pharmacy research (2020), Effects of non-native word shapes in the recognition and recall of medicine names (2019), Sign language in Brazilian pharmacy education (2019) and A European consensus on learning objectives for a core communication curriculum in health care professions (2013).
Alda Correia (NOVA FCSH)
Alda Correia (PhD – 1999; Habilitation - 2018) is an Assistant Professor at NOVA FSCH, where she has been teaching Comparative Literature and Translation Studies. She is an integrated member of ULICES - Centre for English Studies of the University of Lisbon and an associate member of IELT - NOVA FCSH. Her areas of interest include comparative literature, history and theory of the short story, regionalist literature, and recently, medical humanities. : “Illness as journey: narrative medicine in the patient quest” (2014); “Narrating to improve, narrating to survive” (2013); Narrative and Space: Across Short Story Landscapes and Regional Places (2017) are among her recent publications. She was also part of the organising team of Contar (com) a Medicina ( 2016 e 2018).
António Barbosa (Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa)
António José Feliciano Barbosa has degrees in Medicine (FMUL), Anthropology (ISCSP-UTL) and Sociology (ISCTE), with a European Masters in Bioethics and in Legal Psychiatry. At the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon, he is Full Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the University Clinic of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology, Director of the Center for Bioethics, Center of Palliative Care and Academic Center for Studies and Intervention on Grief, and is Coordinator of the Scientific Committee of Masters in Palliative Care and Psychopathology. He is also the Coordinator of the Commission for Monitoring the Implementation of the Differentiated Intervention Model in Extended Mourning of the Ministry of Health. Author of the books Medicina Centrada na Relação: Contributos para a Educação Médica (Medicine Centered on Relationship: Contributions to Medical Education) (2018) and Fazer o Luto (Mourning) (2016). He is also editor and co-editor of several books and scientific articles published in national and international indexed journals.
António Duarte (Faculty of Psychology, University of Lisbon)
António Manuel Duarte is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon, performing teaching and research activities in the field of Educational Psychology and Psychology of Art. He has been teaching at several foreign universities under the Erasmus program and has several publications in books and articles in national and international journals, belonging to the editorial board of several scientific journals. He participated in several research projects funded by the European Commission, by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of Portugal, and by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MCI) in Spain. He was a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Lisbon. He was a consultant at UNESCO and the Organization of Iberian-American States (OEIA). He is a member of several international research groups. He has been supervising several Masters and PhD theses.
Brian Hurwitz (King's College London)
Brian Hurwitz worked as an academic general practitioner in central London for over 30 years. He was Professor of Primary Care and General Practice at Imperial College London and moved to King’s College London in 2002 to take up the Chair of Medicine and the Arts. At King’s he codirects the Centre for the Humanities and Health, a research unit offering training at PhD and postdoctoral levels for humanities and clinically trained students (https://humanitiesandhealth.wordpress.com/) His research interests include narrative studies in relation to medical practice, ethics, law, and the logic and literary form of clinical case reports, and his current work examines the possibilities contemporary clinical case reports offer – circumscribe and constrain - for representing the figures and voices of patients in today’s discourses of medical knowledge. Recent publications include What Archie Cochrane Learnt from a single case (2017), Narrative constructs in modern clinical case reporting (2017), The Status of “Nonmotor” Features of the Malady in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy (1817) (2017) and Towards a narrative cardiology: exploring, holding and re-presenting narratives of heart disease (2019) (co-authored).
Carmen Caeiro (Health School, Polythecnic Institute of Setúbal)
Carmen Caeiro works as an Assistant Professor at the Health School of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, where she is involved in the undergraduate and post-graduate training of physiotherapists. She qualified as a physiotherapist with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy from the Health School of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal and then completed her PhD in Physiotherapy from the Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions at the University of Brighton, in the United Kingdom. Her PhD dissertation was based on an interpretative phenomenological analysis of Portuguese individuals` experiences and perceptions of chronic low back pain. Since then, part of her work has been focused on designing, implementing and evaluating stratified care for patients living with low back pain (ex. Interdisciplinary stratified care for low back pain: a qualitative study on the acceptability, potential facilitators and barriers to implementation, 2019). In the scope of SHARE, she has been studying the impact of incorporating fibromyalgia patients` narratives into their treatment, particularly on the delivery of educational approaches. She has also carried out research in the scope of physiotherapy education. In particular, she has studied the contribution of educational approaches based on arts and literature on the development of clinical reasoning and patient-centred care (ex. Promoting patient-centered practice in physiotherapy undergraduate programme. Arts, literature and health: thinking and practicing medical humanities, 2019).
Cecilia Beecher Martins (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon)
Cecilia Beecher Martins is Invited Assistant Professor in the English Studies Department at the School of Arts & Humanities, University of Lisbon. She completed her PhD in American Literature and Culture at the University of Lisbon in 2012 with a research project in film studies – application of free associative film analysis in the development of personal narrative – supported by FCT (the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) where she was a Doctoral Fellow from 2008-12. She had earned her MA in 2004 in English Studies from the Universidade Aberta (Lisbon), and her BSc hons. in Microbiology and Biochemistry in 1983 by the National University of Ireland, conferred at the University College Cork. Since 2009 she has been a lecturer in English Studies Dept teaching North American Popular Culture, Canadian Literature and Culture and English. She also teaches modules on Semiotics of Cinema and Visual Literacy applied to Cinema in Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities at the School of Arts and Humanities and on electives in the Medical Faculty of the University of Lisbon and the Nursing School of Lisbon. Since 2007 she has been a full researcher in the American Studies Research Group at ULICES where she has worked on collective film studies and narrative medicine/ medical humanities projects. She has also worked on her individual research project on cinema and anxiety and is currently developing a project for adolescents in this area. Since 2011 she has been a full member of the Narrative Medicine/Medical Humanities Project based at ULICES and is a member of the SHARE Project. She has taught Narrative Medicine workshops with literary texts and film at home (University of Lisbon) and abroad (Université Bordeaux Montaigne, France and Università degli Studi di Verona, Italy). She has been co-author of recent articles as "The Influence of Narrative Medicine Techniques on the Roles of Potential Patient and Future Caregiver – a Pilot Study" (2020), "Deepening the Analysis of Literary Texts among University Students Using Close Reading and Writing: A Pilot Study" (2020) and "Narrative Medicine: What Discourse Adds to Listening" (2017) and the author of "Mirrors and Open-Ended Questions in Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown" (2017).
Filipe Castro Mesquita (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon)
Filipe Castro Mesquita is a psychologist, a researcher at CICPSI (Research Center for Psychological Science) and a grantee on Project SHARE. He completed a Master's degree on Educational Psychology in 2016, and is currently working on his Interuniversity PhD Programme in Educational Psychology. He's been doing several scientific communications on the topics of Educational Psychology, Psychology of Art and Education in Rural Contexts, fields in which he's been participating in research projetcs.
Francisco Sobral do Rosário (Hospital da Luz)
Francisco Sobral do Rosário is a MD, with the specialty of Endocrinology. He is the director of the Department of Endocrinology at Hospital da Luz - Lisbon and works at the Endocrinology Service of the Diabetes Porrtugal. He has a special interest in Therapeutic Education and Medical Humanities. Author of four books in the field of Diabetes and Chronic Disease. Representative elected by Portugal in the DESG (Diabetes Education Study Group of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) in the 2011-2014 triennium. The articles "Anamnesis Versus Life History in Understanding the Suffering of the Other" (2018) and "A Randomized Trial of the Close Reading and Creative Writing Program: An Alternative Educational Method for Adult Group Care Intervention" (2020 - co-author) are among his recent publications.
Joana Corrêa Monteiro (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon)
Joana Corrêa Monteiro is a research associate at ULICES- Centre for English Studies, University of Lisbon, working in Project SHARE - Health and Humanities Acting Together, and an Assistant Professor (adjunct) of Ethics at Nova SBE. She holds a PhD (2016) and an MA (2009) in Literary Theory from the University of Lisbon, and a BA in Philosophy (2007) from NOVA University of Lisbon. Her main research interests are Ethics, Philosophy and Literature., and she has been working on the relations they establish. Recent publications include a review of Anti-doxa by Sousa Dias (Brotéria, March 2020) and a book chapter called "Jane and Alasdair: Jane Austen and her novels in Alasdair MacIntyre’s work" waits publishing.
Maria Antónia Rebelo Botelho (Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa - ESEL)
Maria Antónia Rebelo Botelho is a Professor at Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (ESEL). She holds a PhD in Contemporary Philosophy. She is the Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Nursing at Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa)/ESEL and the Scientific Coordinator of the Nursing Research and Development Unit (ui & de) of ESEL. Her area of research is lived experience and epistemology of practice. Since 2014, she is President of the Ethical Commission of ESEL. The research projects where she is included are currently, based on funding from the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology (FCT) researcher in the project (2018-2022) Health and Humanities Acting Together (SHARE) (PI professor Isabel Fernandes, Universidade de Lisboa) and in the Erasmus+ program Nurse Leadership, for developing PhD and post doc education (PI Professor Thora Halfsteindottir, University of Iceland). Some of ther recent publications are: "Metamorphosis into mother after 35 years of age: a study of Grounded Theory"(2019); "Compreendendo o Papel Maternal de Mulheres com Problemas de Adição a Substâncias Psicoativas" (2019); “Literacia em saúde mental de adolescentes em contexto escolar: Desenvolvimento de uma intervenção psicoeducativa”(2019).
Maria Giulia Marini (Fondazione ISTUD, Milan)
Maria Giulia Marini is a epidemiologist and counselor with 30 years of professional life in health care. She has a classic humanistic background, including the study of Latin and ancient Greek, followed by scientific academic studies, chemistry and pharmacology. During her first years of career, she worked in private international environment. She has worked in medical research, moved to health care organization, getting academic specialization in Epidemiology ans Statistics. Later, she also worked in consultancy and health care education. She as a degree in Counseling with transactional analysis orientation. Last year, she got a title in Art Coaching. Currently, she acts as director of Innovation in Health Care Area of Fondazione ISTUD, an independent not for profit Italian Business School with an humanistic approach acknowledged by the Italian Ministry of Research. She is an active member of the board of the Italian Society of Narrative Medicine, a professor of Narrative Medicine at La Sapienza, Milan, and in 2016, she was a referee for World Health Organization for “Narrative Method in Public Health.” She authored the book “Narrative medicine: Bridging the gap between Evidence Based care and Medical Humanities,” (2016) and of other international publications on Narrative Medicine in scientific journals. Her last book is “The Languages of care in narrative medicine: words, space and sounds in the healthcare ecosystem” (2019). She has been lecturering in different international contexts from Academy to Public and Private Foundations. She is also the Director of the online Journal Chronicles of Narrative Medicine: field of interest qualitative and quantitative research, language semantics, medical humanities and humanization of care.
Mariana Lopes Baptista (ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon)
Mariana Lopes Baptista is a researcher in the FCT funded project SHARE - Health and Humanities Acting Together of the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies. She's a graduate student in Sociology (ISCTE-IUL), and a current master’s student in Sociology with a specialization in health (ISCTE-IUL). Since 2018, she was a speaker, in 4 academic events, about the teaching of ethics and deontology in sociology at Portugal (ICS-IUL), tourism and gentrification at Alfama – Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), narrative medicine and medical humanities (FLUL & King’s College). In 2018, she was a volunteer in 2 international conferences about health and birth (ISCTE-IUL), and a moderator in a symposium about the teaching of sociological theories (ISCTE-IUL). Currently, for her master’s thesis, she is doing a scoping review of narrative medicine and medical humanities.
Marie-France Mamzer (Université Paris-Descartes)
Marie-France Mamzer is a Professor in Medical and Biological Ethics at the Université Paris-Descartes, where she teaches since 2008. She is a member of the Ethical Commission of the Société Francophone de Transplantation, responsible for the Unité Fonctionnelle d’Ethique et de Médecine légale (Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades), and has been the President of the Ethics Commission of the Société de Néphrologie since 2013. She is the Team Leader of the Equipe ETREs – Ethics, Research, Translations at Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, Université Paris-Descartes), and team member of the Project in Medical Humanities and SHARE. She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal Ethics, Medicine and Public Health (Elsevier Masson) she has published more than one hundred refereed articles or chapters in books in the field of medical ethics and transplantation. She recently co-organised (with Maria Cabral) Médecins, soignants, osons la littérature and the chapter "Quelle place pour le toucher en médecine au XXIe siècle?" in Le Toucher, prospections médicales, artistiques et littéraires.
Marijke Boucherie (ULICES, University of Lisbon)
Marijke Boucherie is a retired assistant professor of the University of Lisbon (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) where she lectured English and Canadian Literature and Introduction to General Linguistics (1981-2010).
Her research interests, inspired by frequent contact with persons in the Autism/Asperger spectrum, focused on the literature of “nonsense” and the non-semantic and non-syntactic aspects of language. She has brought her interest in sound, intonation and silence as means of communication to the study of literature, especially in authors like Charles Dickens, Stevie Smith and Alice Munro. In the context of Medical Humanities, she has written, "A Letter from Marijke Boucherie to Alan Bleakley" Routledge Handbook of the Medical Humanities, 2019. and “Screams, Shouts and Silence: The Noise of the World and the Impossibility of Narrative”, Creative Dialogues 2015.
Marta Soares (ISCSP, University of Lisbon)
Marta Soares is an Invited Assistant Professor at ISCSP, University of Lisbon, and a researcher at ULICES – University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (American Studies Group), where she is a member of Project SHARE – Health and Humanities Acting Together. She holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Coimbra (2013), with a dissertation on Adrienne Rich’s poetry and prose. She has published several articles and chapters in the fields of Contemporary Poetry, Women Studies and, more recently, Medical Humanities, of which “Patricia Lay-Dorsey’s Visual Narrative of Chaos and Quest” (2018) is an example. She has presented numerous papers at (inter)national conferences and taught several courses and workshops in Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities. Her main research interests include Contemporary Poetry, Disability Studies, Life Writing, and Medical Humanities.
Nuno Miguel Proença (CHAM, NOVA University of Lisbon)
Nuno Miguel Proença got a PhD in Philosophy at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, in Paris. He developed a post-doc project at CHC - Centre for the History of Culture, NOVA University of Lisbon, and was an FCT fellow. His field of work includesthe relation between Philosohpy and Psychoanalysis, namely in what affectivity and emotions are concerned, the body and the uncounscious, imagination and memory, but also language, identity and narration.He has been a researcher hired by the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of the NOVA University of Lisbon since 2019. He wrote Qu’est-ce que l’objectivation en psychanalyse? Sept lectures de Freud (2008) and collaborated in Logiques de la Forme – Hommage international à Fernando Gil (2019) with the chapter "Logique de l’assentiment et formes de la preuve en psychanalyse", in Ética. Indagações e Horizontes (2018) with the chapter "Para uma ética do encontro clínico, antes dos princípios" and also in Figures Cliniques du Vide – Psychopathologie et hypermodernité (2017) com o capítulowith the chapter "Maladies de la vie, pathos commun et souffrance individuelle : considérations à partir de la phénoménologie radicale de Michel Henry". He coordenated, with Adelino Cardoso, the volume Dor, Sofrimento e Saúde Mental na Arquipatologia de Filipe Montalto (2018).
Patrícia Silva Pereira (Escola Superior de Enfermagem - ESEL)
PhD in Nursing in 2015 (Universidade Lisboa-UL); Master degree in Mental Health Nursing in 2011 (Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa-ESEL); Master degree in Family and Society in 2005 (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa-ISCTE); and Graduated in Nursing in 1991 (Escola Enfermagem Franciscanas Missionárias de Maria). She is also graduated in Systemic Family Therapy (Sociedade Portuguesa de Terapia Familiar-SPTF). She is currently Vice-President of the Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa - ESEL. She is integrated researcher at UI&DE, where coordinates the research project ARisCo_____smca (Assessment of clinical risk in mental health of children and adolescents) and collaborator at CEAUL in the SHARE Project (2018-2022). She works on Health and Medical Sciences, focused in Nursing. She publishes articles from research activity and she is author of the book "Frutos do Amor - quando dois passam a três". Founder of Umbilical Association - support for emotional well-being in pregnancy and postpartum. Her areas of interest encompass phenomenology of practice, family dynamics and narratives, therapeutic relationship, children, adolescent and adult mental health nursing.em-estar emocional na gravidez e pós-parto. As suas áreas de interesse envolvem a fenomenologia da prática, narrativas e dinâmicas familiares, relação terapêutica, enfermagem de saúde mental da criança, do jovem e do adulto. Recent relevant publications include "Fenomenologia da prática: investigação em enfermagem da experiência vivida" (2015) and Qualidades pessoais do enfermeiro e relação terapêutica em saúde mental: Revisão sistemática da literatura. Pensar Enfermagem (co-author, 2014).
Teresa Casal (School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon)
Teresa Casal is Assistant Professor in English at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon and a researcher at the University of Lisbon Centre for Lisbon Studies (ULICES). Her main areas of research are narrative fiction and non-fiction, Irish Studies, and Medical Humanities. Her current research focuses on how contemporary narrative fiction and creative non-fiction represent experiences of dislocation, loss, and illness. She is equally interested in the ethical and aesthetic elements at play in how readers imaginatively engage with fictional and autobiographical narratives. She has published articles and book chapters in her areas of expertise and co-edited the literary anthology Contar (com) a Medicina (2015; 2016; 2018), Beyond Diagnosis: Relating Person to Patient, Patient to Person (2014), and Revisitar o Mito / Myths Revisited (2015). She has given various workshops and coordinated reading and writing groups for healthcare professionals. She is also a literary translator.
Tiago Correia (IHMT, NOVA University of Lisbon)
Tiago Correia received a PhD in Sociology from the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), followed by a post-doctoral position at Faculty of Medicine-University of Montreal. He is currently an Assistant Professor and research fellow at the School of Sociology and Public Policies, University Institute of Lisbon in the fields of medical sociology and health policy. He has been appointed as a representative member for Portugal in several international R&D networks and research projects. Among his recent contributions are: ‘New themes in health, new social issues’ (2016), ‘Hybrid management, organizational configuration, and medical professionalism’ (2016), and ‘The State and Medicine in the Governance of Health Care in Portugal’ (2015). In 2014 he coordinated a research project commissioned by the Portuguese Medical Association, entitled ‘The Portuguese Health system during the Troika: the doctors’ experience’.
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.