This commentary reflects the professional life story of a respected editor, poet and champion of medical humanities, Johanna Shapiro. A psychologist by training, Johanna’s work in medical humanities is well known and respected by health professionals in multiple venues. It is within family medicine that Johanna found her professional home; She has shared the value of storytelling as a vehicle of healing to help health professional at all levels of training and patients connect to their illness and wellness. This commentary offers a tribute to Johanna’s professional life and her contributions to family and narrative medicine.
It is my pleasure and privilege to evaluate Professor Johanna Shapiro, who is being considered for advancement from Professor, Step III to Professor, Step IV in your department. Thank you for sending me the materials for my review. I have known and admired the work of Dr. Shapiro since the mid-1980’s, which I believe gives me a special vantage on her career and contributions.
It is a pleasure to write as the chair of ?ur department in strong support of Dr. Johanna Shapiro at the time of her mid-career review. Dr. Shapiro has been the most prolific publisher in our department, and as such, has brought recognition not only to us, but to the College of Medicine and to the University as well. All members of our faculty join me in urging her promotion and advancement in her academic career at UCI.
This letter is in support of the promotion from Associate Professor to Professor of Dr. Johanna Shapiro. Dr. Shapiro is a recognized authority in the area of Behavioral Medicine in Family Medicine and clearly is worthy of the rank of Professor. She is known for her excellence in the areas of theory development, clinical research, and the development of educational programs for family physicians nationwide.
It is a privilege to be asked to comment on the work of Dr. Johanna Shapiro. As long-distance colleagues, then friends, Dr. Shapiro and I have become familiar with one another’s research, teaching, service, and writing both within and beyond Family Medicine over nearly a decade. I heartily endorse her proposed accelerated merit increase from Professor, Step I to Professor, Step III in your Department. I regard Dr. Shapiro — as do many throughout the country — as a Family Medicine institution who is also a person! Without an eyeblink, I place her in the category of G. Gayle Stephens, John Frey, Lucy Candib, the late Hiram Curry, Lynn and Joan Carmichael, Donald Bloch, Donald Ransom, Theodore Phillips, and Ian McWhinney.
Amanda 06:00 PM
Johanna, thank you so much for this talk, you are wonderful and so glad that I have been able to work with you!
Lester 06:02 PM
Hi Johanna: Thanks for the wonderfully engaging and insightful talk. I do, however, wonder this. Given that telling one’s story is always subjective—speakers pick and choose events to reveal—how does the narrative listener determine what to respond to and what to, perhaps, pay less attention to in the medical encounter
From long before I joined UCI, I knew about you through your work in Medical Humanities and your most generous service as editor for numerous journals.
During my recruitment, I remember many conversations when you filled me in on the background, history and culture of UCI Family Medicine. You serviced as a great source of wisdom and comfort as I contemplated this life-changing move. You assured me of the mission fit between UCI and my professional goals. You were right on!
Zach Koontz MD, Hematology/Oncology: “A long time ago I was a medical student and your humanities class was one of my most enjoyable and valuable experiences. I remember…the interactions with my fellow human medical students which keeps us in each other’s hearts long term.”
Jamielle Rankine, community activist, poet: “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for always being so encouraging and kind. I am inspired by your bravery, and the amazing work you do in this world.”
Kathleen Powers PhD, MS2 UCI: “I feel so fortunate to have learned from you and to have you as a mentor.”
This is a collection of feedback from medical students and faculty at Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, May, 2022
This is my first time participating in a remote discussion online with a speaker abroad, it’s a very exciting experience. Although I did not understand some of the English, I still felt the deep, philosophical thinking emanating from the speaker’s speech and manners. (translated)