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Jay Baruch, MD is Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where he serve’s as the director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration.

He is a former Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. His academic work focuses on the role of creative thinking, creative writing skills and the arts in clinical medicine and is grounded in interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations. 

He served as faculty mentor for the launch and early growth of the Design+Health course, and has now settled into a role that befits his non-design skills.

He's published two collections of short fiction. What's Left Out (Kent State University Press, 2015) and Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers (Kent State University Press, 2007) His short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous print and online medical and literary journals.

He presently serves as a Director-at-Large, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the medical humanities section chair for the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a member of the Arts and Health Advisory Group for the RI Department of Health. He received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

He lectures nationally on topics that include creativity in medicine, story as a clinical skill, creative writing and medical ethics.