Advisory Board

Dr. Alan Bewell (English)

  • Alan Bewell is Professor and Chair of English at the University of Toronto.  He is interested in the relationship between literature and the history of medicine, and particularly in disease and colonialism.


Dr. Allison Crawford (Psychiatry)

  • Allison Crawford is a Psychiatrist interested in the intersection of healthcare with visual culture and narrative.  She is currently completing a PhD in English, using cultural theory to understand the role of literature in the evolution of medical humanitarianism.


Dr. Gail Donner (Nursing)

  • Gail Donner RN, PhD is Professor and Dean Emeritus, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and Partner in donnerwheeler, Career Consultants.


Dr. Robert Gibbs (Jackman Centre for the Humanities)

  • Robert Gibbs is Inaugural Director of the Jackman Humanities Institute and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.  His current work is located on the borderlines of Philosophy and Religion, with a comparative and historical focus on Law and Ethics.


Dr. Jennifer Gibson (Bioethics)

  • Jennifer Gibson is the Director of Partnerships & Strategy at the Joint Centre for Bioethics and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. She has a PhD in philosophy (with a specialization in Bioethics) from the University of Toronto. Her current research focuses on priority setting in health care organizations and organizational ethics.


Dr. Debra Hamer (Resident/PGME representative)

  • Debra Hamer is a psychiatry resident with a strong interest in the integration of the humanities in medical education. Her background is in semiotics, medical anthropology, and the performing arts.  She continues to perform in musical theater productions in the community.


Dr. Charlie Keil (Cinema Studies/History)

  • Charlie Keil is Director of the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto where he is also Associate Professor in the Department of History.


Dr. Molyn Leszcz (Psychiatry)

  • Molyn Leszcz. MD, FRCPC is Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Mount Sinai Hospital Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Health Complex and Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical Programs.  His academic work has focused on the psychotherapies with a particular emphasis on training and research in group therapy.


Dr. Paula Ravitz (Psychotherapy)

  • Paula Ravitz, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Morgan Firestone Psychotherapy Chair, began her career as a choreographer, dance artist and director of a dance company.   Her academic focus is on evidence-supported psychotherapies with an interest in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).


Dr. Michael Roberts (Family Medicine)

  • Dr Michael Roberts is an Assistant Professor, Health and Humanities Lead and Professional Development Coordinator in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a scholar in Narrative-Based Medicine with an interest in the use of writing and literature to encourage reflection and resilience.Dr. Roberts is a community based family physician and a GP psychotherapist.


Dr. Ron Ruskin (Psychoanalysis)

  • Ron Ruskin is a  staff psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, U of T.  He is a psychoanalyst, published novelist, and a founding editor of Ars Medica.


Dr. Anne Simmonds (Nursing)

  • Anne Simmonds is a lecturer at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, who has had a long-standing interest in exploring creative expression as part of nursing education and practice. Anne’s scholarly work focuses on everyday ethical issues in nursing practice, understanding the meaning and limits of compassion in healthcare, and the ethical dimensions of rural health care delivery, particularly for marginalized women. Anne also volunteers as a roving guitar player at Mount Sinai Hospital, and values the connection with patients and families that stems from sharing music and song.


Ex Officio Board Members

Dr. Rita Charon (Director – Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University)

Dr. Lynn Wilson (Chair – Department of Family & Community Medicine)