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 seventy members from all branches of medicine participating in monthly meetings, workshops and annual events. 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 events on the Stanford campus in January, March, July, and September, and a joint poetry and music event with the St. Lawrence String Quartet in November. Please check back for upcoming locations, dates, and themes for events.
The Pegasus Physicians is an independent group that closely collaborates with the Medicine & the Muse Medical Humanities & Arts Program at the Stanford School of Medicine.
Recently, the Pegasus group was featured in a SciArt in America blog post, a Psychology Today post, and a Stanford Medicine SCOPE Blog post. Dr. Irvin D. Yalom, a Pegasus Physicians founding member, was featured in The Huffington Post. An event sponsored by the Pegasus Physicians was featured in a Stanford Medicine SCOPE Blog post. Pegasus Physicians also participated in a Café Scientifique event, reading short stories and poems on the usage of blood products as life-saving interventions. View a recording of the event here. The group has been 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. Pegasus Physicians have published several pieces in The Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine.
Jackie Genovese, MA, Program Coordinator
Our Web Master, Becky Hall, is a freelance writer/editor who has experience writing, editing, and revising clinical papers, textbook chapters, clinical handbooks, lay audience books, and creative nonfiction print and on-line publications. Please click here to visit Becky's website, or to contact her about writing, editing, or website projects, please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please click here for a list of the Pegasus Physician Writers Honorary Advisory Board members.