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Narrative Medicine Rounds: “On the Telling of Stories” A Talk by Richard M. Zaner


Apr 05, 2017 -
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY

For our April Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Richard M. Zaner, PhD, who is the Stahlman Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, having retired in 2002 as the inaugural Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine. Professor Zaner also held appointments in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and the Schools of Law and of Nursing. He graduated Summa cum laude from The University of Houston (1956), and received the MA (1959) and PhD (1961, “with distinction”) in Philosophy from the Graduate Faculty of The New School in New York City.

Professor Zaner’s professional writings focus on human life, pursued through a philosophy of medicine, biomedical research, and ethics in clinical life. Of special concern are issues presented prior to birth: maternal/fetal life, prenatal diagnosis, stem-cell research and genetics.

He has written ten original books and edited twelve others. His first book of narratives, Troubled Voices, was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book of 1994 by Choice; both that book and his second one, Conversations on the Edge (Georgetown, 2004), are translated into Mandarin Chinese. Several new clinical ethics programs based on his work were established at several universities in Taiwan (the first such programs in Asia) and in the United States. An issue of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics (2005) was devoted to his work; a Festschrift was published Clinical Ethics and the Necessity of Stories: Essays in Honor of Richard M. Zaner, Osborne P. Wiggins and Annette C. Allen, editors, Philosophy and Medicine Series 109, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Pub. Inc., 2011. Professor Zaner, who is also a poet and practicing craftsman (jewelry, sculpture), and his wife, Junanne Zaner, a poet and artist, live in Houston, Texas.


Richard M. Zaner, PhD, who is the Stahlman Professor Emeritus at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine