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Audrey Shafer graduated from Harvard University and Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her anesthesiology training at the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship in clinical research at Stanford University Department of Anesthesia. Dr. Shafer teaches anesthesia residents, medical students, and undergraduates. Her interests include the language of medicine, communication and ethics in the operating room, and poetry. Her poems are published in various journals and anthologies and are collected in Sleep Talker: Poems by a Doctor / Mother (Xlibris, 2001). Her children's novel, The Mailbox (Random House, 2006) concerns issues of post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans. She is Director, Medicine and the Muse Program, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and Co-director, Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration.

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