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Rishi Goyal, M.D., Ph.D.: “The Humanities in the Emergency Room”

Location: Zoom

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020

Time: 4–5:15 p.m.

Contact: Phillip Barrish

About the Event

This installment of the Health and Humanities Research Seminar features Rishi Goyal, M.D., Ph.D., presenting “The Humanities in the Emergency Room.”

Goyal’s talk draws on his recent experience working in a hospital emergency room during the height of New York City’s coronavirus crisis. In discussing the challenges he and his colleagues faced in caring for their patients, for one another and for themselves, he will explore the role that the humanities can play in helping us understand and respond to the multiple dimensions of the human emergency the nation has experienced during the pandemic.

For those who haven’t previously attended the HHRS, the presentations last about 30 minutes and are followed by at least 30 more minutes of vigorous Q&A and group discussion. The discussion will be led by Phillip Barrish, Ph.D., who teaches narrative medicine at Dell Medical School and is a courtesy professor of medical education.

RSVP by 12 p.m. on Dec. 7 to receive the Zoom information.


Rishi Goyal received his M.D. in emergency medicine and Ph.D. in English from Columbia University in 2010. After that, he served as assistant professor of emergency medicine and English literature at the University of Arizona, where he worked in the emergency room teaching residents and was also director of medical humanism for the College of Medicine and developed a required third-year clerkship on critical thinking in medicine. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Institute of Comparative Literature at Columbia, where he also directs the medicine, literature and society major.

The Health and Humanities Research Seminar is sponsored by Gregory L. Hemphill, M.D., and Brenda B. Hemphill; the College of Liberal Arts through the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities #1; the Humanities Institute; and Dell Medical School.