The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford are a group of academic and private practice physicians in various stages of career development who also are creative writers. Dr Steiner is the director of the group, having founded it 2008, together with Drs. Irvin Yalom (Psychiatry), Larry Zaroff (Cardiovascular Surgery) and Audrey Shafer (Anesthesiology).

Our members write fiction, poetry, narrative non-fiction, fictionalized memoirs, biographies, op-ed pieces and educational texts for the lay public with the intent to broaden public understanding of the science and art of medicine. The group has grown rapidly to over 100 physicians from all medical specialties. The group supports students from all levels (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate) on their way to or through medicine. More details about the group and possible membership can be found on their website: 

The group has regular events on the Stanford campus in January, March, July, October, and a joint poetry and music event with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in November. 

To learn about upcoming events, please click here.


As of 2018, the group will have its own online literary Journal, The Pegasus Review.

This Journal is the voice of the Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford, It integrates the arts of medicine and the humanities to expand and deepen the understanding of illness and healing, while shedding light on the meaning of human existence. We firmly believe that combining Medicine and the Humanities will help all of us: patients, doctors, students and our families.

Dr. Steiner is the Founding Editor and Publisher of this Journal. In this role, he can draw on the expertise of the Co-Founding Editor, Audrey Shafer, MD, (Anesthesia; director, Medicine and the Muse); Jennifer Pien, MD, Editor-in Chief (Psychiatry) and Matthew Stevenson, MD, (Internal Medicine). It is free to access to all interested. Natasha Gupta is the director of operations. 

At this time, please vist here regarding updates on the journal and possible submissions.