David W. Markham, MD, MSc is from Atlanta, Georgia and attended Emory University for undergraduate and medical school. After internship and residency at the University of Virginia, he became a post-doctoral fellow in clinical and molecular cardiology at UT Southwestern and then Duke University. He is a specialist in general cardiology, heart failure, and cardiac transplantation. Dr. Markham has been involved in medical humanities programs at multiple universities, organizing conferences and symposia on literature and medicine and advocating for humanities in medical curricula. He was involved with organizing one of the first national conferences on poetry and medicine. He believes that art, literature, medicine and science are all connected in our creative human experience.