"The Healing Eye" Exhibit Opens in Rubenstein Hall

Doctors who participated in Duke University’s innovative “Documenting Medicine” program will present and discuss their work on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. The 5:30 p.m. presentation in Room 153 of Rubenstein Hall is free and open to the public.

An exhibition of the physicians’ photographs, “The Healing Eye: Doctors, Policy and Patients,” opens the same day in Rubenstein Hall and runs for the remainder of 2012. The exhibition is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more than 20 years, Duke pediatrician and documentary photographer Dr. John Moses has been using photography as a way to better understand his patients, teach future health care providers and potentially influence health care policy.

In 2010, with support from the Graduate Medical Education Innovation Fund, Moses and Liisa Ogburn, an instructor at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), started the pilot program “Documenting Medicine,” which enables Duke medical residents and fellows to work with documentarians at CDS over the course of nine months. Participants produce a photographic exhibit or multimedia presentation that explores a medical issue or story.

“The Healing Eye” features several projects Duke physician residents and fellows completed during the last two years, as well as work by Ogburn and Moses. Each consists of three to five images selected from larger documentary projects. They are:

  • “Workplace Safety,” by Dr. Cynthia Feltner;
  • “Young Gunshot Victims,” by Dr. Moses;
  • “Caring For Our Vulnerable Children,” by Liisa Ogburn, director of “Documenting Medicine”;
  • “Frequent Flyers,” by Dr. Andrew Parker;
  • “En Sus Zapatos: Serving the Hispanic Population,” by Dr. Maria Portela;
  • “Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,” by Dr. Alison Sweeney.

All but Parker will be present on Sept. 11 to discuss their work at the exhibit opening and reception.

In addition to teaching two undergraduate courses at CDS, Moses’ photography has been published in "The Youngest Parents" (Norton Press) and "Big Doctoring in America: Profiles in Primary Care" (UC Press). Ogburn directs the “Documenting Medicine Program,” teaches a documentary course for undergraduates that focuses on public health issues, and is working on a book, "How Motherhood Changes Us."

The exhibition and event are co-sponsored by the Sanford School of Public Policy; the office of Duke Chancellor for Health Affairs Victor Dzau; the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & the History of Medicine; and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies. To see additional projects, some of which incorporate audio or video, visit: http://www.documentingmedicine.com/