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Richard A. Bronson, M.D.

Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pathology  
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
Director of Andrology Laboratory

Reproductive Medicine
Poetry
Narrative in Medicine
Medical Education

Office Phone: (631) 444-2731
e-mail: Richard.Bronson@stonybrook.edu
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Richard Bronson was born on February 22, 1941, in New York City. It was the year of Pearl Harbor. His father, a newly trained physician, was declared essential to the community, did not have to go to war, and built a large general medical practice in the Bronx. Although rarely home, he was a distant but powerful force in Bronsonís childhood. Bronson wrote poetry in high school, but his interest withered during his later education at MIT and New York University School of Medicine. After internship at Bellevue Hospital, residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Pennsylvania Hospital, he continued to write, but these were scientific manuscripts.

Following a two year tour of active duty in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Tripler Army Medical Center, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bronson returned to New York in 1978, working initially at North Shore University Medical Center. His research interests in the laboratory then centered on understanding why fertilization might fail, which complemented his clinical activities. Bronson and his associates developed an assay to detect the presence of antibodies on human spermatozoa, which is now in world-wide use. He has been active in the American Society of Reproductive Immunology, becoming its President in 1990 and currently serves on its Council. Bronson has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology, the Journal of Andrology, The Pharos, have been an Associate Editor of Human Reproduction, and the Editor-in-Chief of the textbook Reproductive Immunology, published by Blackwell. Bronson has been post graduate course director for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, in 1998 and 2000, and the primary author of 80 peer reviewed papers.

Dr. Bronson joined the Stony Brook University Medical Center in 1988. While participating in the Medicine in Contemporary Society course that year, he was exposed once again to poetry, and his dormant interest reawakened. He has been fortunate to live in a vibrant community of poets on Long Island, who nurtured his own development as a poet. Bronson is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, as well as the Board of the Long Island Poetry Collective and facilitates its weekly workshop in the Huntington Library. He has won the 2003 poetry prize of the American College of Physicians and the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society prize for poetry in 2005. His first collection, Search for Oz, was published in 2006 and Silent Music, his second book, in 2009. In 2006, Bronson founded Padishah Press, a small press devoted to the publication of poetry informed by the medical experience. His work has appeared in The Pharos, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, Western Journal of Medicine, Medical Journal of Australia, JAMA, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of Medical Humanities, Long Island Quarterly, Poetica, Long Island Sounds, PoetryBay, and Chronogram. He has been a featured reader at many venues on Long Island.

Dr. Bronson's recent professional activities include Co-Chairing the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology the council on which he serves. He was also named to the Editorial Boards of the journals of Fertility & Sterility and Reproduction.

Presentations

“Astonished Harvest, a Poetry Community at the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics,” American Society of Bioethics & Humanities, 12th annual meeting, San Diego, CA, Oct. 21-24, 2010

Select Poems

Found in the Street
JAMA
July 23/30, 2014

A Guest at Communion
The Pharos
Summer 2014

Firedrake
Canadian Medical Association Journal
December 10, 2013

Testimony
Annals of Internal Medicine
September 4, 2012
A reading by Michael Lacombe can be found here

String Theory
Canadian Medical Association Journal
June 14, 2011

Hubris
Canadian Medical Association Journal
March 28, 2011

The White Snake League
Poetry Bay
Fall/Winter 2010

How My Uncle Broke His Back
The Medical Journal of Australia
July 19, 2010

A Life Not Worth Living
Canadian Medical Association Journal
July, 2010

At the New York Academy of Medicine
Annals of Internal Medicine
July 6, 2010

Cod Liver Oil & Egg Nogs
Annals of Internal Medicine
June 1, 2010

Prayer in the cathedral
Medical Journal of Australia
December, 2009

What Kind of Guy?
The Pharos
Winter 2009