Medical Humanities, in its most basic connotation, deals with the intersection of human experience, medical practice, and scientific technology. The field transcends the disciplinary boundaries of academe and engages all aspects of human culture-science, history, ethics, philosophy, literature, religion, art-in a discursive dialogue centered on what medicine means in relation to the individual and society.

Thanks to a grant from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Drew has an opportunity to bring medical humanities to the clinical office and share an approach to treating patients that complements and enriches the clinical approach.

The demand for professionals who understand and can convincingly synthesize the ethical, historical, and practical aspects of medicine as they relate to the implementation, control and dissemination of health care continues to grow.

The Medical Humanities program is conducted jointly by the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and Atlantic Healthcare Systems. It also partners with St. Barnabas Healthcare Systems.

About Atlantic Health Systems

Atlantic Health Systems – comprised of Morristown Medical Center (MMC), Overlook Medical Center (OMC), and Goryeb Children’s Hospital – is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey.

Award-Winning Care

Our programs, including pediatrics, orthopedics, cancer care, rehabilitation medicine, women’s health, cardiovascular care and neuroscience, are consistently lauded for their excellence by physicians and patients alike. Atlantic Health Systems is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners – an alliance of seven hospital systems that addresses quality, population health management, best practices and medical research in the Northeast region. We are also an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Atlantic Health Medical Humanities Faculty

Jeffrey Brensilver, MD, Chief of Medicine, OMC

Stuart Green, DMH, LCSW, MA, Family Medicine

John Gregory, MD, Director, Palliative Care Program, OMC

Nancy Gross, MMH, MA, Humanities Educator

Jeanne Kerwin, DMH, CT, Bioethicist and Coordinator of Palliative Care Program, OMC

Karen Knops, MD, CMH, FAAHPM Director, Palliative Care Program, MMC

David Kuo, MD FACP, Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency MMC

Jeff Levine, Ph.D., Director, Academic Affairs

Rosemary McGee, DMH, Humanities Educator, MMC

Michele Neier, MD, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology