On Becoming & Being A Doctor
Edited by Hans Steiner

This book is the publication of the first public reading by the Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford at The Cantor Arts Center. Dr. Steiner is a founding member and Director of this group.

Edited by Dr. Hans Steiner, this book is produced at cost and it is available for purchase. To buy the book or for other details contact Dr. Steiner: steiner@stanford.edu


All of the following publications have been submitted by the authors. The exact citations are available by the author or their personal website. 



  • Farid, Diana. How Could I Help This Patient? (poem). MD Magazine. March 2017.
  • Garde, Ira Batra, Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana, New York Times, May 3, 2016,” poem, Nonviolence magazine (publication of The Metta Center for Nonviolence), Winter/Spring 2017.
  • Garde, Ira Batra, “The Photograph, poem, Nonviolence magazine (publication of The Metta Center for Nonviolence), Summer/Fall 2016.
  • Garde, Ira Batra, “Let the Pain Not Spread,” poem, April 2015, The Metta Center for Nonviolence blog.
  • Garde, Ira Batra. "Breathing For Peace" . Nonviolence, a publication of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. Summer/Fall 2017.
  • Garde, Ira Batra.   "Like This We March" . Nonviolence, a publication of the Metta Center for Nonviolence. Winter/Spring 2018.
  • Mann, Mali A. Mazandaran, Over the Ocean, Over the Mountain (poem). The American Psychoanalyst. Volume 46, No 1, Winter/Spring 2012.
  • Peterson, Kendra. “Communication.” The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. Spring 2013. theintima.org 4/9/2013.
  • Peterson, Kendra. "Denial". Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine. pulsevoices.org 10/9/2015.
  • Peterson, Kendra. The "Difficult Patient"The Intima. Fall 2017.
  • Pischel, Lauren. Meanwhile. Journal of Medical Humanities. June 2017, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 213.
  • Seneviratne, Martin. Bruits. The Intima. Fall 2017.
  • Shapiro, Johanna and Shafer, Audrey. It doesn’t look good: Teaching end of life care through Carver’s Poetry. In: Carver Across the Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Teaching the Fiction and Poetry of Raymond Carver. Ed. Grant PB and Ashley K. Cambridge Scholars Publishing pp 47-62, 2011.
  • Shafer, Audrey. Monday Morning. This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine. 2002. (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. Emergence. Anesthesiology 114(5):1236-7, 2011 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. A Foot. Anesthesiology 115(1):205-6, 2011 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. Anesthesia Checklist. Anesthesiology 116(2):477-8, 2012 (poem) [note: poem featured on the cover]
  • Shafer, Audrey. In the Emergency Room with My Mother, Again. Mission at Tenth: The Double Helix Issue,  California Institute of Integral Studies 3:38, 2012 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. The Unscathed Veteran and the Anesthesiologist. JAMA 308:1301, 2012 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. The Anesthesiologist Breathes for you. Anesthesiology, 119:982-3, 2013 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. The Off-Duty Anaesthetist. The 2013 Hippocrates Prize Poetry and Medicine Winning and Commended Poems. London: The Hippocrates Press
  • Shafer, Audrey. The Anesthesiologist Sees Pink. Stanford Anesthesia, 23:36, 2013 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. Meditations of an Anesthesiologist: Poem and Commentary. In: Health Humanities Reader Ed. Jones T, Wear D, Friedman LD. Rutgers U Press, pp. 403-5, 2014.
  • Shafer, Audrey. Electrocardiogram. Anesthesiology 122:206-7, 2015 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. The ASA 4 Patient at the VA Hospital. Anesthesiology 122:950-1, 2015 (poem)
  • Shafer, Audrey. Monday Morning. Ann Int Med 117:167, 1992. (poem) anthologized in The Well-Versed Parent: Poetic Prescriptions for Parenthood. Editor: Hunter JE. Ashland, OR:Wellstone Press, 2015, pp 99-100.
  • Shafer, Audrey. Stanford Medicine: Cultivating Creativity and Reflection through Intensive Arts, Humanities and Social Science Opportunities. IN: Keeping Reflection Fresh: Top Educators Share Their Innovations in Health Professions Education Ed. Peterkin A, Brett-MacLean P. Kent U Press, 2016
  • Steiner, Hans. Charon's Ferry. MD Magazine. March 2017
  • Steiner, Hans. Michael Angel. Academic Psychiatry. 2017
  • Winkelman M, Ng J, Shafer A. Charting Phelan’s “To Suffer a Sea Change”. BMJ-Medical Humanities 41(2):121-7, 2015
  • Shafer, Audrey. Words, data and the weave of narrative. Editorial. Anesthesia & Analgesia. 121(4):843-5, 2015
  • Shafer, Audrey. Featured Poet: The Anesthesiologist and the Patient, Autumn Sun, Seven-thirty A.M., Afternoon, What Will Never Be, Ed: Zawinski A. PoetryMagazine.com digizine April 2016
  • Shafer, Audrey. Memorial Day. JAMA, 315(20):2238, 2016 (poem)
  • Uthayakumar, Arany. Travel Warning. Academic Psychiatry. 2017
  • Weingarten, Randall. For WCW. The Pulse, 2012.


(alphabetical by last name)

  • Goel. Anju. Why You Came to Me. This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine. 2002.
  • Gold, Jessica. A Coin Flip. Psychiatric Times. 2016 July; 33(7).
  • Gold, Jessica. The Mirror. Psychiatric Times. 2016 July; 33(7).
  • Gold, Jessica. Alligator hands. Ann Int Med. 2013 Oct 1; 159(7).
  • Gold, Jessica. A Moral Chameleon: Medical Hierarchy and the Medical StudentFASPE Journal (New York: FASPE/Museum of Jewish Heritage, January 2014), pp. 48-53.
  • Gold, Jessica. The First Day of Anatomy. The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. 2011, February 5.
  • Hochgatterer, Paulus. Der Tag, an dem mein Grossvater ein Held war. Zsolnay, Vienna, 2017.
  • Jacobs, Charlotte DeCroes. Henry Kaplan and the Story of Hodgkin’s Disease. Stanford Press, 2010.
  • Jacobs, Charlotte DeCroes. Henry S. Kaplan 1918-1984. A Biographical Memoir.  National Academy of Sciences. 
  • Jacobs, Charlotte DeCroes. Jonas Salk: a Life. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  • Jain, Shaili. Sectioned. Hektoen International.
  • Jain, Shaili. The Aftermath of Trauma. Hektoen International, Volume 5, Issue 1; Winter 2013
  • Kerrigan, Sean. Doe. The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Fall 2014
  • Kim, Yoo Jung. End of life discussions important for the young, too. San Jose Mercury News.12/23/2015.
  • Lock, James and Carrion, Victor. Hit, Trip, Fall, Run, Dream, Stick, Sleep. San Francisco Theater Pub. June 15th, 2012.
  • Mann, Mali. Flying Doctors Bring Hope, Help, and Healing. American Psychoanalyst. Volume 46, No 3, Fall 2012. 
  • Mann, Mali. When you come back bring your potted flowers. American Psychoanalyst. Volume 47, No 3, Fall/Winter 2013.
  • Mann, Mali. Clara Schumann’s Loss and Love. The American Psychoanalyst, Volume 50, No1. Winter/Spring 2016.
  • Mason, Daniel. Balanced Diets. Lapham's Quarterly, Summer, 2011
  • Mason, Daniel. Healing Spirits. Lapham’s Quarterly, 177-183, Summer, 2012
  • Meffert, William. A Leg To Stand On. MD Magazine. February 2017.
  • Meffert, William. Lost. The MacGuffin, 2012
  • Meffert, William. A Small Thing. Evergreen Review, Spring 2012.
  • Meffert, William. Ave Maria. Helix, Spring 2013.
  • Meffert, William. Trapped. Ars Medica, Spring 2013.
  • Nagata, Jason. The Patient Rotation. JAMA Pediatrics, August 2014.
  • Peterson, Kendra. House Call. The Pulse, online; 8/3/2012
  • Peterson, Kendra. Overwhelmed. The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, online; Spring, 2013
  • Pien, Jennifer. Untitled. Recipes for Hemlock, by Boston Poetry Magazine, Fall 2014
  • Pien. Jennifer. Untitled. East Coast Literary Review, Fall 2014 
  • Pischel, Lauren. Meanwhile. Journal of Medical Humanities, November 2015
  • Puri, Sunita. A Piece Of My Mind. Extraordinary. JAMA, August 27, 2014.
  • Chen C, Hasan N, Good J, Shafer A. The Stanford Arts and Anesthesia Soiree: Performing to create community and understand anesthesiology. In: Creative Arts in Humane Medicine Ed. McLean CL. Brush Education Inc. pp. 76-81, 2014
  • Shafer, Audrey. One Page At A Time. This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women in Medicine. 2002.
  • Shaw R, Hashemi B, Hong D, Hall R, Nelson K, Steiner H. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Traumatic Injury: Narratives as Unconscious Indicators of Psychopathology. Bulletin of The Menninger Clinic, 72(3): 179-90, 2008
  • Steiner, Hans. Parte For A Mother. MD Magazine. January 2017. 
  • Steiner, Hans. If Lisbeth Salander Were Real. In: Rosenberg R, O’Neill S. (eds),: The Psychology of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy. Dallas, Texas, Benbella Books , Inc., 2011, pp 153-167.
  • Steiner, Hans. Laudatio for Irvin D.Yalom. Zeitschrift fuer Individualpsychologie, 2012.
  • Steiner, Hans. Talking in Toys. The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Spring 2015
  • Steiner, Hans. The Cat Doctor. The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Spring 2015
  • Steiner, Hans and Schmiederer, E., Wenn Aerzte Schreiben; Die Zeit, No. 49, P. 13, 12/3/2015
  • Szajnberg, Nathan M. Educating the Emotions: Bruno Bettelheim and Psychoanalytic Development, Springer, 2012
  • Szajnberg, Nathan M. Sheba and Solomon’s Return: Ethiopian Children in Israel, Amazon Digital Services, 2013
  • Szajnberg, Nathan M. A Limp and A Death at Eagle Butte Reservation. The Intima. Fall 2017.
  • Tahvildari, Ali. The Long Ride. The Intima, Fall 2017.
  • Teller, Danielle. How a doctor with cancer quantified the value of life support. Quartz, October 14, 2015.
  • Teller, Danielle. What doctors know about death that the rest of us don't. Quartz, July 12, 2015.
  • Yalom, Irvin. A Curious Case of Writer's Block. The New York Times, February 14, 2015.