Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Marsha Hurst


Marsha Hurst, Ph.D, is on the faculty of Columbia's Narrative Medicine Program and is a research scholar at Columbia University's Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, where she is coordinating a faculty seminar on Narrative Genetics. She is also a consultant on health advocacy programs, issues, and education with particular interest in women's health and aging. She has consulted for the Medicare Rights Center and is advisor to their advocacy programs. In addition, Hurst is currently working with the women's health reform coalition, Raising Women's Voices, on a project to help promote the responsible and accountable use of stories by women's health advocates. From 1998 through 2007, Hurst was the director of the graduate program in health advocacy at Sarah Lawrence where she oversaw the remodeling of the master's program to strengthen its focus on promoting and protecting patients' rights, enhancing patient care, and ensuring accessibility to care.

The author of numerous publications, Hurst co-edited, with Sayantani DasGupta, Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, an anthology of women's illness narratives (Kent State University Press, 2007). She is also co-founder and vice president of the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition and a member of the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council. Hurst earned a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University and completed a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship in community medicine and medical sociology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. View a list of Marsha's publications here.