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Fall Update

At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Renée Russas

Academic Coordinator, Narrative Medicine M.S., SPS; Administrative Assistant, Division of Narrative Medicine, MHE, CUIMC

Renée Russas, MM, is excited to integrate her theatrical performance experience and non-profit management with her administrative work here at Columbia Narrative Medicine. Here, Renée serves as administrator to all division events through the department of Medical Humanities & Ethics as well as academic coordinator for both the MS and CPA programs within the School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining the Columbia Narrative Medicine team, Renee served as Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Director of the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) at MIT and Office Manager at, a division of USA Today Tech. Additionally, Renee volunteers as a consultant for several non-profit organizations and Front of House manager for Poor Mouth Theatre Company.


  • Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera, Longy School of Music, Bard College
  • MM, Music Theater, Oklahoma City University
  • BA Music, BS Theater, Murray State University