Cleveland Clinic's Program in Medical Humanities constitutes collaborative partnership between the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care. Martin Kohn, PhD serves as the Director of the Program.

The field of medical humanities started to come into being nearly 50 years ago. It, and the field of bioethics, grew from the new tools of medicine that were presented to practitioners and the concomitant questions being raised about the use of those tools, especially by students.

The focus is to continue the development of educational initiatives in narrative medicine, medical history, literature and theater, enriching the culture of care at Cleveland Clinic. Please use the links below to see descriptions of some of our work with them.

Program Information

We are delighted to announce that the Cleveland Foundation has provided a generous grant to support the Program in Medical Humanities.

The Healthy Cleveland Story Center will bring the work of medical humanities into communities through qualitative investigation and creative arts-based projects focused on stories of health and well-being. 



Leonard Calabrese , DO
Vice Chair, Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases
Recent Publications

Recent Publications

Multiple Exposures—Reflective Writing in the First Year of Medical School
Martin Kohn, PhD, Janine Bernardo, Daniel Huck, and Eric Coble, MFA

Performing Medicine: The Role of Theater in Medical Education
Martin Kohn, PhD



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