Jack Coulehan, MD, MPH
Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine
Division of Medicine in Society
Literature and Medicine
Jack Coulehan is Emeritus Professor of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and Senior Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He graduated from St. Vincent College (BA) and the University of Pittsburgh (MD, MPH); completed residencies in internal medicine and public health at the University of Pennsylvania, Wake Forest University, and the University of Pittsburgh. Until his retirement in 2007, Jack directed the ethics and humanities program at Stony Brook medical school and chaired the ethics case consultation service at University Hospital. He is the author of over 200 articles and book chapters in the medical literature, ranging in topic from clinical trials of depression treatment in primary care and studies of heart disease among Navajo Indians to essays on medical humanities, professionalism, and the physician-patient relationship. Jack’s poems and stories have appeared in major literary magazines and medical journals in the United States, Canada, England, and Australia; and his work is widely anthologized. His collections of poetry include The Knitted Glove (1991), First Photographs of Heaven (1994), The Heavenly Ladder (2001), and Medicine Stone (2002). He is the author or editor of several other books, most recently The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (5th edition, 2006) and Primary Care: More Poems of Physicians (2006). Among Jack’s honors are the Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Public Health Service; NEH Fellowship in Medical Humanities; Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Award for Poetry; Aesculapius Award for Excellence in Teaching; American Nurses’ Association Award for Best Book, 2001; Merck Fellowship at Yaddo; American College of Physicians Award for Poetry; and the Humanities Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 2006. In 2012 he received the Nicholas Davies' Award from the American College of Physicians for 'outstanding contributions to humanism in medicine.'
Literature, Compassion and Medical Care