MK Czerwiec – MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) is a Senior Fellow of the George Washington School of Nursing Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement and the Artist-in- Residence at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She has an MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern University. Her clinical nursing experience is in HIV/AIDS care and hospice care. MK has been making comics under the pseudonym Comic Nurse since 2000. With UK physician Ian Williams, she coruns GraphicMedicine.org, a website devoted to the intersection of comics and health. She is the creator of Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 (Penn State University Press, 2017). She is also a co-author of the Eisner Award nominated Graphic Medicine Manifesto (Penn State University Press, 2015) which maps the field of Graphic Medicine.
Lois Perelson Gross – Lois Perelson-Gross Lois holds an MS in Narrative Medicine and an MBA from Columbia University. She was recently awarded a 2016-17 Narrative Medicine Fellowship from Columbia. She is a candidate for a D.Min at Hebrew Union College in New York City, beginning in the fall of 2016. Before embarking on a career focused on humanism in medicine, Lois, who also received an MBA from Columbia, was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs where she worked on financings for major healthcare systems. She serves in leadership roles for a variety of health care, academic and other not-for-profit organizations.
Marsha Hurst – Marsha teaches in the Narrative Medicine Masters program at Columbia University and co-chairs the University Seminar on “Narrative, Health, and Social Justice.” She is co-editor of Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (Kent State University Press, 2007) and has written on palliative care, end of life, and narrative. She has been a member of the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council and is a founding Board member of the Westchester End of Life Coalition.