Center for Humanities in Medicine

The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.

The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Humanities in Medicine activities are open to Mayo Clinic patients, staff, visitors and community members and are made possible by the generous donations of grateful benefactors.

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Wed, Jul 11, 2018 3:17pm

Mayo Clinic names Dr. Dan Hall-Flavin medical director of the Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine in Rochester

By Sarah Mensink, @samensink

Mayo Clinic has named a new medical director of the Center for Humanities in Medicine in Rochester.  Dr. Dan Hall-Flavin will chair the Humanities in Medicine-RST committee and serve as Medical Director of the Dolores Jean Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine.  Dr. Hall-Flavin succeeds Dr. Paul D. Scanlon as medical director, who provided exceptional leadership in the position for more than 15 years.  Dr. Scanlon’s vision and advocacy of medical humanities has positioned the Lavins Center for even greater service to patients, staff, students and the community under Dr. Hall-Flavins’ leadership.

ABOUT THE DOLORES JEAN LAVINS CENTER FOR HUMANITIES IN MEDICINE

The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.

The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare.  Music, visual art, dance, theatre, creative writing, lectures and other educational programs all contribute to the healing environment and uniquely touch each of Mayo’s three shields: Patient Care, Education, and Research.  Furthermore, Humanities in Medicine is a champion and ideal collaborator for Mayo Clinic initiatives such as the institution’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, emphasis on innovation, encouragement of continued professional development, and most significantly, belief in caring for the whole patient. The Center has identified four primary objectives: caring for patients and visitors; caring for caregivers; educating staff and learners; research.

ABOUT DR. HALL-FLAVIN

Dr. Hall-Flavin is associate professor of psychiatry within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.  He has served as a primary consultant in the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester since 1998.  He also serves as Adjunct Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Bio Ethics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.  He is board-certified in Psychiatry  and Addiction Psychiatry and is the recipient of many notable awards including the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Recognition of Excellence in Teaching in 2000-2002 and 2004-2005.

 

Dr. Hall-Flavin brings significant medical humanities training and experience to this new role.  He completed a Master of Science, Medical Humanities with Distinction at King's College London, London, England  in 2017 (thesis:  “Embodied Cognition: How Curated Empathy and the Theatre can Inform Presence in the Practice of Medicine.”)  He serves as Associate of King's College (AKC) in London.  He has served as a member of the Humanities in Medicine-Rochester committee since 2008, and served as co-chair of the committee January-June 2018.

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