We are a group of academic and private practice physicians in various stages of career development who also are creative writers. The group was founded in 2008 by Audrey Shafer, M.D. (Anaesthesia), Hans Steiner, M.D. (Psychiatry and Human Development), Irvin Yalom, M.D. (Psychiatry) and Larry Zaroff, M.D., Ph.D., (Cardiac Surgery).

The group currently has some forty members from all branches of medicine participating in monthly meetings, workshops and annual readings. Our members write poetry, fiction, fictionalized memoirs, op-ed pieces and educational texts for the lay public with the intent to broaden public understanding of the science and art of medicine. Other goals of the group are: to bring the insights of humanistic arts to the practice of medicine; to inform creative writing by the practice of medicine; to educate medical students and young physicians in the humanistic dimensions of medical practice; and to celebrate the lives of our patients through our writing.

The Pegasus Physicians Retreat, 2014

The Pegasus Physicians have regular readings on the Stanford campus in January, March, July, and September. Please check back for upcoming locations, dates, and themes for readings.

The Pegasus Physicians is an independent group that closely collaborates with the Arts, Humanities & Medicine Program at the Stanford School of Medicine:


Recently, the Pegasus group was featured in an article about the Arts, Humanities & Medicine Programs that allow Stanford School of Medicine students to explore their artistic passions in conjunction with their medical studies:http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/july/humanities-medical-students-070212.html

To contact the group, email Dr. Steiner at: steiner@stanford.edu or Jacqueline Genovese, MA, Program Coordinator, Arts, Humanities and Medicine Program, at: jackiegenovese@gmail.com.


Jackie Genovese, MA, Program Coordinator

Our Web Master, Becky Hall, is also a freelance writer/editor who has experience writing, editing, and revising clinical papers, textbook chapters, lay audience books, and creative nonfiction. Please click here to download Becky's CV, or to contact her about writing, editing, or website projects, please email her at: becky.e.hall@gmail.com. 

Becky Hall, Web Master and Freelance Writer/Editor


Honorary Advisory Board Members in Alphabetical Order (Click here for titles and creative publications):

  • Rafael Campo, MA, MD, DLitt(Hon)
  • Paulus Hochgatterer, MD
  • Eric Kandel, MD
  • Jonathan Kellerman, PhD
  • Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD
  • Marilyn Yalom, PhD


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Pegasus Physicians at Stanford

are pleased to announce the first annual


The Irvin David Yalom, M.D. Award will be presented annually to a deserving student or students active in undergraduate or postgraduate education for an exceptional essay or creative writing piece—poetry, fiction, or non-fiction—describing her or his experience with medicine as a doctor, trainee or patient. 






Stanford Med Writers Forum Featuring Readings by the Pegasus Physicians at Stanford:

  • "The Wind of Freedom Blows"

April 23rd, 2013
Click here to download a copy of the poster.