Faculty and Associate Director of the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Program. Author of the forthcoming Metagnosis: Revelatory Narratives of Health and Identity (Oxford University Press, 2020) and co-author of Perkins-Prize-winning The Principles and Practice of Narrative Medicine (OUP, 2017). Research interests include retrospective diagnosis, contemporary film and bioethics, and healthcare pedagogy; work appears in diverse outlets from Ploughshares to The Lancet. Formerly artist/musician David Byrne’s Art Director, Spencer holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University, a Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, and is a 2019 MacDowell Fellow. Lives in New York city.