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Literature + Medicine
John M. Barry
John M. Barry
Photo by Ken Goldstein
Rafael Campo
Rafael Campo
Dr. John F. Harper
Dr. John F. Harper
Program Director

Literature + Medicine explores compassion and science at the bedside. For the past three years, this annual seminar hosted at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has offered a unique opportunity to join prominent scholars and physicians in an interactive seminar, which investigates the connection between literary understanding and medical knowledge.

This year, the Literature + Medicine event expanded to include a poetry lecture.

Fourth Annual Literature + Medicine Conference

The 2013 Literature + Medicine event was hosted at Texas Health Dallas on Oct. 24.

Each year this event features a prominent writer as speaker at an evening seminar. This year was no different. The 2013 speaker was New York Times best-selling author John M. Barry, who has written such works as The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history and Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America.

About the Program Director

A native of Ohio, Dr. John F. Harper found his way to Texas to pursue education at Southern Methodist University and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Dr. Harper has been a cardiologist on the medical staff of Texas Health Dallas for more than 30 years. He also serves as the medical director of inpatient heart and vascular services, as well as one of the key clinical faculty members of the hospital’s internal medicine residency program and holds the Jennie Metcalf Ewton Chair for Cardiology.

In his teaching role, Dr. Harper founded and coordinated a Literature and Medicine course for residents, which has been well received and recognized by his peers. Dr. Harper has been named to the annual D Magazine Best Doctors list for many years, as well as lists published by Texas Monthly and The Best Doctors in America.

Literature + Medicine Poetry Lecture

New this year was a Literature + Medicine Poetry Lecture, which was hosted on Sept. 19. The speaker for this exciting lecture was Harvard Medical School professor and National Poetry Series Award Winner Rafael Campo, who is best known for such works as The Other Man Was Me, What the Body Told and The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity and Desire.

Writing Contest

The committee of the Literature + Medicine Conference invites you — active physicians, professors, medical professionals, pre-med, medical students, residents and interns, hospital trustees and administrators — to submit a creative poem, short story and/or essay about your experiences in medicine annually for the Literature + Medicine Writing Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded.

The writing competition for the 2014 Literature + Medicine competition and event has opened.

Winners will be noticed prior to the 2014 event and should plan to attend the Literature + Medicine Conference to be recognized.

For more information about the writing contest, contact us via email.

Literature + Medicine Committee Members

Thanks to our loyal Literature + Medicine committee members for their thoughtful ideas and dedication to developing an inspirational and informative conference for everyone interested in medicine.

  • Mark Feldman, M.D., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Dirk Frater, M.D., Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Fred Griffin, M.D., UT Southwestern Medical School
  • John F. Harper, M.D., FACC, FAHA, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
  • Thomas Wm. Mayo, J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, UT Southwestern Medical School
  • Jasper Neel, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
  • Nina Schwartz, Ph.D., Southern Methodist University

Special Thanks

Dr. John Harper and Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation are extremely grateful to The Lupe Murchison Foundation and Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation for their continued support of the Literature + Medicine conference. Without their generosity, this conference would not be nearly as successful.