Rachel Fleishman is an attending neonatologist at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and Founder & Director of the Narrative Medicine Program for Einstein’s Urban Core. When not caring for infants and attending high risk deliveries and training pediatric residents and neonatal fellows, she teaches narrative medicine throughout the medical center, facilitates storytelling sessions, and writes creative nonfiction. Through her writing and teaching, she hopes to highlight how humanity and humility are central to the care of patients and their families. She aspires to link her interests in patient safety and narrative medicine over the breadth of her career by fostering a culture of safety grounded in empathic understanding and narrative humility.
Her essays touch on themes such as motherhood, perinatal ethics, pregnancy, and life and death in the neonatal intensive care unit. Her essays appear in literary magazines, newspapers, prestigious medical journals, and medical humanities publications. Read her work here.
Nazanin Moghbeli is an Iranian-American cardiologist and artist. She is the Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. She founded and directed the first Penn Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, then served as Associate Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at Penn Radnor prior to joining Einstein. She received her medical and public health degrees at Johns Hopkins University, while studying at the Maryland Institute of Art in the evenings. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a committed medical educator and has designed innovative curricula in the medical humanities for programs throughout the United States and Europe.
Her art studio is located in Manayunk, PA and she is part of the Philadelphia based Femme Collective. In her art, Nazanin grapples with her dual identities as an Iranian and American, artist and physician, to shed light on what happens when what seems disparate comes together. Her works have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe. Learn more about her work here.