Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine
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Director, Humanities in Medicine

Kathleen VanBuren

Program Director, Arizona

Katherine C. Kough

Program Director, Florida

Chrysanthe Yates

Program Director, Minnesota

Sarah Mensink


The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.

The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Humanities in Medicine activities are open to Mayo Clinic patients, staff, visitors and community members and are made possible by the generous donations of grateful benefactors. Programs include: music performances, visual art exhibits, theater and dance events, bedside arts for the hospitalized patients, workshops and lectures.

Events occur at all three Mayo Clinic locations.