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Paul Crawford is Professor of Health Humanities at the University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences, and Director of the Institute of Mental Health’s Centre for Social Futures, one of the most prominent bodies for mental health research in the UK.  He co-founded and coordinates the International Health Humanities Conference (see http://www.healthhumanities.org), and is lead editor for a forthcoming anthology on the Health Humanities (forthcoming from Palgrave in early 2014).  Professor Crawford received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Birmingham and, in addition to authoring numerous monographs and scholarly articles on health-related topics, he is also the author of the novel Nothing Purple, Nothing Black (2002). For more details, see (www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmp/people/paul.crawford‎)

Erin Gentry Lamb is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities and co-director of the Center for Literature and Medicine at Hiram College. After earning her undergraduate degree in English and Aging Studies at the University of Iowa, Lamb completed a Postgraduate Diploma in International Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University (UK) and followed by a PhD in English (Duke).  Lamb brings the unique perspective of a commitment to undergraduate education in the health humanities—her research and teaching interests center on exploring cultural representations of medicine, science and technology; in particular, she is interested in representations of aging, genetics, health care and bioethics, and new media.  For more details, see (http://www.hiram.edu/majors-and-minors/biomed/faculty-and-staff/erin-lamb)

Therese (Tess) Jones is Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD).  She is the co-organizer of the new Health Humanities minor for the UCD College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Professor Jones received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado Boulder, with major emphases in American literature, modern and contemporary drama, and gender studies, and completed a three-year postdoctoral program in medical humanities. She is the editor of Journal of Medical Humanitiesand is lead editor for the Health Humanities Reader forthcoming from Rutgers University Press (April 2014).  For more details, see (http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/bioethics/faculty/Pages/There...)

Maura Spiegel is Associate Professor of English at Columbia University where she teaches courses on American literature and film.  She is also a founding member of the core faculty in the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she offers film courses to second-year medical students. Along with Rita Charon (MD, PhD), Professor Spiegel was the co-editor-in-chief of the journal Literature and Medicine for seven years. She is the co-author of The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying and Living On(Anchor/Doubleday) and The Breast Book: An Intimate and Curious History (Workman).  For more details, see (http://www.narrativemedicine.org/leadership.html)

Susan Squier is the Julia Gregg Brill Professorship of Women's Studies and English at Pennsylvania State University. With Ian Williams she co-edits the Graphic Medicine book series at Penn State University Press http://www.graphicmedicine.org/, which publishes scholarly studies of comics, as well as comics themselves, that enact and explore the experiences of health care, medicine, illness, and disability. Squier is Past President of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts; a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Humanities; and an organizer of the International Conference on Comics and Medicine. She is currently co-authoring a book entitled Graphic Medicine Manifesto and editing a special issue ofConfigurations on "Graphic Medicine.” Her work addresses medical imaging, scientific illustration and digital visualization technologies, agricultural breed illustration, human-animal relations, fashion photography, feminist visual culture, graphic novels, cartoons, and visual representations of disability. Her recent books include Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction (1999); Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture (2003); Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine (2004); and Poultry Science, Chicken Culture: A Partial Alphabet (2011).

Anna Willieme is a visual artist and the Creator-Director of ArtMed inSight, a pioneering arts-based training program for medical students, physicians, and health care professionals.  Since 2005, Willieme has been teaching “The Professional Eye,” a course for medical students at Columbia University 's College of Physicians and Surgeons designed to increase visual observational skills.  Since 2007, ArtMed inSight has collaborated with Massachusetts General Hospital to provide arts-based training programs for residents to sharpen visual perception and communication skills.  The recipient of grants from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and the Foundation for Art and Healing, Willieme lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is a regular speaker at Stamford Hospital’s Grand Rounds. As a visual artist, Willieme has worked for 20 years in a variety of media including photography, printing, painting, and installation. Her works are in private collections in Europe and the U.S., and her exhibition experience includes shows in galleries and public spaces in major cities in the US and Europe. For more details, see (http://www.artmedinsight.org/people.html).