David Markham, MD, MSc is a heart failure and transplant cardiologist at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  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, and medicine are all connected in our creative human experience, especially in the time of increasing reliance on technology. Of particular interest to Dr. Markham is how suffering and joy are described in poetry.