Dr. Rita Charon will be Receiving the 2014 Gene D. Cohen Research Award

Rita Charon

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) will be presenting the 2014 Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging to this year’s winner, Rita Charon, MD, PhD, professor of clinical medicine and director of the M.S. in narrative medicine program at Columbia University. The award will be given at the GSA-NCCA Symposium, which will take place on November 6, 2014, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM at the Washington Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.

Charon’s work has inspired people to look at what can be accomplished because of age and not in spite of it. Her research has been innovative and critical in shifting the standards of narrative medicine toward person centered care through the humanities and arts. Charon’s work in narrative medicine has also been recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American College of Physicians, the Society for Health and Human Values, the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare, and the Society of General Internal Medicine. Charon is the author of “Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness”. She also co-edited “Stories Matter: The Role of Narrative in Medical Ethics” and “Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine”.

In addition to publishing, both nationally and internationally, Charon taught extensively on the ways in which narrative training helps to increase understanding and consideration in students and health professionals. Her literary works focus on the novels and stories of Henry James and her research projects are centered on the positive effects of educating health care professionals in narrative proficiency and the expansion of narrative clinical practices to increase clinical understanding in medical practice. 

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