Narrative Medicine: A Patient's Perspective

Headshots Dana Creighton and Sneha Mantri; Book cover: A Family Disease by Dana Creighton with colorful image of girl
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Dana Creighton, MS (exercise physiology), has contributed to various publications in scientific journals. She worked in medical research and community health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University for nearly twenty years. Ms. Creighton created a niche which involved peeling apart the steps in a complex process, to determine how to best implement an intervention. Her mother's story was brought to life using these same tools to make sense of how our drastically different experience and outcome with the same disease became our reality. Since leaving the workforce in 2017, she volunteers with the National Ataxia Foundation (

Sneha Mantri, MD, MS is a neurologist who cares for patients with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. She is also the director of the Trent Center's Program in Medical Humanities. Dr. Mantri explores the use of creative writing to improve physician understanding of patient experience and to mitigate physician burnout. Her narrative medicine projects have been presented at the inaugural conference of the International Narrative Medicine Network (2013), the Innovations in Medical Education conference (2016), and the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology (2018). She was a founding editor of The Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine and former writer for Synapsis.

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