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David Biro, MD, PhD, FAAD

Education and Training
  • Medical school: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Residency: Dermatology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Certifications: Board Certified in Dermatology

David Biro has a medical degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He also teaches in the medical humanities division, directing a course on medicine and literature.

Dr. Biro has written two highly acclaimed books: One Hundred Days: My Unexpected Journey from Doctor to Patient (Pantheon, January 2000), chronicling his experience undergoing a bone marrow transplant, and The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief (W.W. Norton, 2010). His articles and essays have been published in various medical journals as well as The New York Times Magazine, The London Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Slate. He blogs on pain for Psychology Today.

  • What Health Care Reform Forgot, OpEd, Philadephia Inquirer, Jan 22, 2010.
  • The Importance of Describing Pain to your GP, The London Times, Aug.31, 2010.
  • The Need for a Companion to Gray's Anatomy, International Journal of Dermatology, 2010;49:849-850.
  • Is There Such a Thing as Psychological Pain and Why it Matters, Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 2010;34(4):658-667.
  • Redefining Pain, Journal of Palliative and Supportive Care, 2011;9:107-110.
  • Book Review: Inside Chronic Pain by L. Heshusius, Health, 2011.
  • An Anatomy of Illness, Journal of the Medical Humanities, 2012.
  • When Language runs Dry: Pain, the imagination, and metaphor, in Dimensions of Pain (Routledge, 2013)
  • Psychological Pain: Metaphor or Reality in Pain and Emotion in Modern History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)