Dr. Rafael Campo '87 was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2012. He is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He graduated from Amherst magna cum laude in both neuroscience and English and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He directs the Office of Multicultural Affairs at BIDMC and was the inaugural faculty director of the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program in the BIDMC Internal Medicine Residency Program. He also serves on the faculty of the creative writing M.F.A. program at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. He has also held appointments as Fanny Hurst Visiting Writer at Brandeis University and as scholar-in-residence at the Stanford Institute for the Creative Arts.
Campo is the author of six collections of poetry and two of prose. His work has been recognized with many honors and awards, including a Guggenheim fellowship, an honorary doctorate of literature degree from Amherst College, a National Poetry Series award and a Lambda Literary Award for his poetry; his third collection of poetry, Diva, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the recipient of the Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award from the American College of Physicians for outstanding humanism in medicine, and he has been inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation National Humanism in Medicine Society. His work has also been selected for inclusion in the Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize anthologies and has appeared in many periodicals, including Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize series, Commonweal, JAMA, The Lancet, The Nation, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine,The Paris Review, The Progressive, Salon.com, Slate.com and Washington Post Book World; he has also been featured on National Public Radio, the PBS Newshour, and the National Endowment for the Arts website.
Campo has lectured widely, with appearances at such venues as the Lannan Literary Foundation, the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the 92nd Street Y in New York. His newest book of poetry, The Enemy, was awarded the Sheila Motton Book Prize for the best collection of poetry published in 2007 by the New England Poetry Club, among the nation’s oldest poetry organizations. A new and selected collection of his poems relating to medicine and healing, Comfort Measures Only, is currently in press.
Campo also serves as Trustee of BIDMC.