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Henry and Janet Claman Endowed Professorship in the Medical Humanities


Drs. Janet and Henry Claman
​This generous endowment by Drs. Henry N. and Janet S. Claman, provides annual support for a visiting professor in the field of medical humanities and arts, bringing new perspectives and voices to our campus.

The third Claman Endowed Professorship in the Medical Humanities brought renowned pianist and psychiatrist Richard Kogan, MD on November 9th, 2017, to present "Beethoven: Tragedy and Triumph," to a packed house of over 300 campus and community attendees.  The program explored Beethoven's resilience in response to illness and his artistic transformation via storytelling and performance.  Learn more>>​

The second Claman Endowed Professorship in the Medical Humanities brought Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD, who ​presented, "Mental Illness, Mass Shootings and the Politics of American Firearms," to a standing-room only audience at the Fulginiti Pavilion on October 23rd, 2014.  An article on his research was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health.  Dr. Metzl (below, left) is the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. 



The Inaugural Claman Professorship on February 7, 2013 brought poet and essayist,
Rafael Campo, MA, MD, D.Lit. Hon. (right) who teaches and practices internal
medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical
Center in Boston.  View the recording of Rafael Campo's presentation.​​