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Danielle R. Spencer

Lecturer in the Discipline of Narrative Medicine; Associate Director, Narrative Medicine

Faculty and Associate Director of the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Master of Science Program. Author of the forthcoming Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). Research interests include retrospective diagnosis, contemporary film and bioethics, and healthcare pedagogy; creative and scholarly work appears in diverse outlets, from Ploughshares to The Lancet. Formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow.


  • Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
  • M.S., Columbia University
  • B.A., Yale University


  • Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) 
  • The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2017), co-author