The LitMed Database is pleased to welcome Shawn Thomas as a Co-Editor to the Database and LitMed Magazine as a 2018-2019 Rudin Fellow. Shawn is a member of NYU School of Medicine class of 2021.
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.
Shawn Thomas | 2018-2019 Rudin Fellow
Shawn Thomas was born in India but spent most of his childhood growing up in Cupertino, California. He moved to New York City in 2011 to attend Columbia University, where he studied biomedical engineering. After graduating, Shawn spent 2 years working as a population health analyst at BronxCare Health System (formerly Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center), studying the health profile of the hospital’s patients and implementing initiatives to improve healthcare for the Bronx community at large. In 2017, Shawn began medical school at the NYU School of Medicine where he wasted no time in becoming an active contributor, and later co-editor, for the LitMed Database. Shawn enjoys reading and writing about a variety of topics in the medical field, and he is excited to continue doing so both as a medical student and as a future physician.
Michael Natter | 2017-2018 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.
Gabriel Redel-Traub | 2016-2017 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.
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