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Director:  Therese (Tess) Jones, PhD

Tess Jones is Director of the Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine.  She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with major emphases in American literature, modern and contemporary drama, and gender studies and completed a three-year postdoctoral program in medical humanities at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine.  At present, she serves as co-course director of the required interprofessional ethics course for all health professions students at AMC, and she teaches several humanities electives for the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy.  She is also a co-organizer of the new Health Humanities minor for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver.  In May 2012, she was selected for membership in the Academy of Medical Educators.

Tess has published and presented extensively on HIV/AIDS and the arts including Sharing the Delirium: Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performances (Heinemann/Metheun, 1994); medical education; and literature, film and medicine. Recent and forthcoming publications include: 

     • “Ending in Wonder: Replacing Technology with Revelation in Margaret Edson’s

         W;t,” Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Spring 2007).

     • “Bless Me Reader For I Have Sinned: Physicians and Confessional Writing”

         with Delese Wear, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (Spring 2010).

     • “The Dancer From the Dance: A Commentary on Gretchen Case’s Apoptosis is My

         Favorite Word,” Literature and Medicine (Fall 2010).

     • “Another Kind of DNR (Do Not Record): Documentary Films, Patient Privacy, and

         Social Responsibility,” Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies, Oxford

         University Press, 2011.

     • "Reflection In/And Writing:  Pedagogy and Practice," Academic Medicine (May 2012).

     • Health and Humanities Reader, lead editor, Rutgers University Press

        (forthcoming 2013). 

She is the editor of the Journal of Medical Humanities, associate editor of the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database, and has served as Chair of the "Visual Arts and Cultural Representations" Affinity Group for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities since 1998. 


Associate Director:  Henry N. Claman, MD

Henry Claman is Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the founding director of the medical humanities program in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.  He has over 200 scientific publications, and his publications in the arts and humanities include a book on medieval art, Jewish Images in the Christian Church and articles such as “Medicine and the Two Brains” and “Creativity and Illness:  Christopher Smart and Samuel Johnson.”  He has taught and presented extensively on avant-garde art and mental illness as well as the art of observation.  At Anchutz Medical Campus, he organizes the lecture series, The Art of Medicine; serves as Founding Editor of The Human Touch, an annual literary and arts journal; and along with his wife, has established the Henry and Janet Claman Medical Humanities Collection at the Health Sciences Library.  Dr. Claman was the 2009 recipient of the Bonfils-Stanton Award in Science and Medicine. 


Associate Director:  Anjali Dhurandhar, MD

Anjali Dhurandhar is Assistant Professor in the  Department of Medicine. She studied studio art in college and earned her medical doctorate from Louisiana Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.  Her residency training in internal medicine was at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  She completed a fellowship in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at  Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine with a focus on imaginative and reflective writing.  Currently, she provides primary care to the underserved and precepts medical students and residents in ambulatory medicine.  She enjoys teaching, participating in all forms of the creative arts, and edits Letters to a Third-Year Student in the School of Medicine.