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Alan Weber


National Representative


Doha, Qatar

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Dr. Alan S. Weber, PhD, has taught literature and the Medical Humanities–including the history, philosophy and sociology of medicine, narrative medicine, communications in healthcare, and Islamic Medical Ethics–through writing intensive courses at Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar for the past fourteen years. He has held previous appointments at Cornell University, the State University of New York, and the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of a widely used textbook on the history of science and medicine, 19th Century Science (2000) and managed the history of science journal Isis. He has published over 140 articles, books, and book chapters in a wide variety of fields, including e-learning, healthcare communications, education, literature and medical history. He has directed a number of narrative medicine and medical humanities projects in Qatar at the national level, including a public brochure on Health Website Reliability, an Arabic/English book of patient education cancer survivor stories for the Qatar Cancer Society, a QNRF nationally-funded research project on Literature and Medicine, six volumes of medical student essay writing, and the first cross-disciplinary Art and Medicine undergraduate course in the Persian Gulf (with Stephen Scott, M.D.). He conducted an interventional educational trial on the use of graphic novels in medical ethics teaching in 2015. He has organized and Co-Directed seven ACCME-accredited workshops on integrating the health humanities into clinical practice at WCM-Q. He has delivered Grand Rounds in Healthcare Communication at Hamad General Hospital, the largest public hospital in Qatar. He was the lead organizer of the 1st International Conference on the Medical Humanities in the Middle East (http://qatar-weill.cornell. edu/event/medical-humanities-in-the-middle-east/committee /profile/alan-s-weber) and also organized two national conferences on the teaching of English in Qatar in 2009-2010. His research on Internet Health websites in the Middle East won first prize in 2015 in the Qatar National Research Fund’s annual research competition, and he serves as the Qatar National Representative for the International Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH). He has also published base-line studies on medical education, provider-patient relations and communication in Qatar. He contributed a chapter to a collection that won the 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the U.S. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). He is the Lead Organizer and Committee Chair for the First International Conference on Healthcare Communications in the Middle East (November, 2020).

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