The Rudin Fellowship and the LitMed Database


The LitMed Database is pleased to welcome Michael Natter MD as a contributor to the Database and LitMed Magazine as a 2017 Rudin Fellow. Dr Natter is documenting his intern year in a series of posts in a graphic format. He will also annotate work for the Database, particularly graphic novels, a new and evolving form of literature.

The Rudin Fellowship in Medical Ethics and Humanities was established as a core component of the Master Scholars Program in Humanistic Medicine (MSPHM) at NYU School of Medicine in 2014 through a generous grant from the Louis and Rachel Rudin Foundation, Inc. The fellowship offers medical students and trainees the opportunity to conduct year-long research projects in medical humanities or biomedical ethics with funding support and the mentorship of our most expert faculty. Rudin Fellows pursue interdisciplinary scholarship, bringing the arts, humanities, and social sciences to bear on critical topics in the history, culture, and practice of medicine. Students and residents in the Rudin Fellowship undertake these projects concurrently with their standard education and training.


Michael Natter | 2017 Rudin Fellow

Michael Natter was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he was surrounded by many cultural influences growing up. He was innately drawn toward the visual arts and has been creating art since he could hold a crayon. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age nine, Michael developed a deep appreciation for medical physiology that sparked his interest in medicine. He studied studio art and neuropsychology at Skidmore College and then went on to complete a post baccalaureate pre-medical science program at Columbia University in New York City. He completed his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College. Natter is currently in his internal medicine residency at NYU Langone Medical Center and plans to pursue a fellowship in Endocrinology. When not in the hospital, Michael continues to draw regularly. His work has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper as well as in the Annals of Internal Medicine, amongst other publications. You can find the majority of his work on instagram @mike.natter.



LitMed Magazine

My life as an intern


Alpha: Abidjan to Paris by Bessora
Stitches by David Small
Taking Turns, Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by MK Czerwiec



Gabriel Redel-Traub | 2016 Rudin Fellow

Gabriel Redel-Traub is a 2nd year medical student at NYU School of Medicine. Originally from New York, NY he attended Dartmouth College, where he majored in Philosophy and was editor-in-chief of a long form non-fiction magazine Mouth. His medical interests include cardiology, end-of-life care, and the health effects of gentrification on those displaced by it. An avid lover of literature and essays, Gabriel plans to continue writing throughout his medical training.






LitMed Magazine

Gabriel Redel-Traub interviews Dr. David Oshinsky
Posthumous Portraiture Exhibit at the Folk Art Museum


Talking with Doctors by Newman, David
Sometimes Amazing Things Happen by Ford, Elizabeth
Extremis by Krauss, Dan
Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital by Oshinsky, David

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