Mount Sinai Health System

Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health: Special Seminar

Title: Secrets and Stories: Telling Tales Out of Medicine

Speaker: Dr. Perri Klass

Bio: Perri Klass, MD, is Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University; she practices pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Dr. Klass writes the weekly column, “The Checkup,” for the New York Times Science Section and she has written extensively about medicine, children, literacy, and knitting. Currently the National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, Dr. Klass ran the National Center from its inception through 2006, during which time the program grew from a single site to a national program with thousands of sites serving millions of children.

Abstract: This talk will consider the role the stories and story-telling play in clinical medicine, looking at the ways that clinical training teaches us to construct narratives, and looking also at the role that clinicians have played as story-tellers, as novelists, and as journalists.  In particular, Dr. Klass will discuss some of the ways that the journalist's skills and imperatives compare with those of the physician--or other clinician--and consider such questions as the art of the interview, the question of finding the story, the complexities of who "owns" the story, the professional imperatives of changing--or not changing--details, and the ethics of privacy and disclosure.

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location:  CAM Building, 17 East 102nd Street, West Tower Elevator, 5th Floor, D5-122

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*Light lunch will be provided

Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

CAM Building, 17 East 102nd Street,West Tower Elevator, 5th Floor, D5-122

Event Type

Academic, Lecture/Seminar


Faculty, Postdocs, Students


Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Environmental Medicine and Public Health


Environmental Health




Dr. Perri Klass