Rita Charon is a general internist and literary scholar who founded the field of narrative medicine. She is a professor and chair in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics and a professor of medicine at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also executive director of Columbia Narrative Medicine. Dr. Charon's research investigates narrative medicine training, reflective practice, health care justice, and health care team effectiveness and has been supported by the NIH, the NEH, and private foundations. She has authored, co-authored, or co-edited four books on narrative medicine. Dr. Charon lectures and teaches internationally on narrative medicine and is widely published in leading medical and literary journals.