Jack Coulehan Physician, Poet & Educator

Poet, physician, and medical educator, Jack hails from Western Pennsylvania, where he graduated from St Vincent College, Latrobe, PA., followed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania and North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Wake Forest University, and later earned an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jack served on the Navajo Reservation in the Indian Health Service and later practiced at an inner-city clinic while an Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. As a Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University, he directed the medical school's clinical and academic programs in medical ethics and pioneered its Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics.

Jack's essays, poems, and stories frequently appear in medical journals and literary magazines, and his work is widely anthologized.


He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Talking Cure: New and Selected Poems (Plain View Press, 2020). His other books include Blood & Bone and Primary Care (University of Iowa Press), two co-edited anthologies of poems by physicians; Chekhov's Doctors, a collection of Anton Chekhov's medical tales (Kent State University Press); and an award-winning textbook The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (F. A. Davis Co.).

Among Jack's honors are the Humanities Medal of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Nicholas Davies Scholar Award of the American College of Physicians for contributions to the humanities in medicine.

Jack is married, has three children, and four grandchildren, and resides in Coram, Long Island, NY.

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