Who are we?

Artists in Medicine is an organization dedicated to teaching general audiences medical concepts using art while also encouraging interest in the audience to learn more about these topics. To do this, we work with artists and science-focused members from both STEM and non-STEM backgrounds!

Generally, 1-2 digital and/or traditional artists work on creating the sketch and final work of the project. This final work can be made in any form such as crochet, canvas paintings, digital paintings, and more!

The artists work with a science-focused non-artist to come up with a topic to teach and to find more information regarding the topic to teaching something that may not be mainstream knowledge. This non-artist also helps to find more articles and websites that teach another facet of the topic being taught so that audience members are encouraged to learn more about that specific topic. For example, a topic may be "What are bacteria?" and the non-artist may find resources that answer "What are gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria?" in case audience members are interested in learning more about bacteria.

Altogether, we hope to create an awesome project about a medical topic to improve public health literacy!

About Us

Meet our awesome team!

Iris Rrokaj

-President-

Iris is currently a senior at Stony Brook University as a Biology major. She is interested in arts, especially in painting.

"I believe there is a fascinating connection between sciences and arts. There is a lot of beauty in the structure of all biological elements. The mission of our group is to depict that beauty by breaking up complex physiological processes in simple artistic elements accessible to the whole community."

Xiaoying Wu

-Vice President-

Xiaoying is a junior majoring in Nursing at Stony Brook University. Somethings she likes to do are drawing for her friends and listening to music.

"My favorite thing about Artists in Medicine is that it merges my two passions together — art and medicine! I hope that our artwork can better express to everyone scientific ideas that would be difficult to convey in words."

Angelika Goldstein

-Secretary-

Angelika is currently a senior Biology major at Stony Brook University with a specialization in neuroscience and is also double minoring in Russian studies and Anthropology!

“I think AIM is a great way to express your love for both art and medicine in an easily communicable and picturesque way. It helps people who struggle to understand concepts by looking at images that help you truly see what you’re trying to understand. Da Vinci, made anatomical art that influenced and helped practitioners and regular people understand the body.”

Ashley Valenton

-Treasurer-

Ashley is a junior in majoring in biomedical engineering. She loves to listen to ASMR and read romance novels!


"I’ve always been a visual learner, so being able to draw out the complex systems of human anatomy and our processes is essential when I’m studying. I hope, through AIM, that we’re able to teach others about how interesting the human body can be!"

Irena Li

-Public Relations-

Irena is currently a junior majoring in Nursing at Stony Brook University who likes to play badminton and draw during her free time.

"When I heard about Artists In Medicine, I was immediately intrigued by the idea that art and medicine can go hand and hand. I hope by looking through an artistic lens, the complex world of medicine will be easier to understand."

Michael Kearney

-Art Liaison/Class Representative-

Michael is a senior majoring in studio art and biology. He enjoys collecting vinyl and making playlists.

"I believe that having the bridge between art and medicine is critical in understanding complex concepts well and makes learning more easy and more fun for everyone involved."

Jafar Ahmad

-Class Representative-

Jafar is currently a senior Psychology major with a minor in Chemistry, and likes photography.

"I think art isn’t something people should be intimated by. I think art is anything that can evoke emotion out of people."

Michael Buffardi

-Class Representative-

Michael is a junior Biochemistry major who likes to sew and do other arts and crafts.

"I think AIM is super fun and a great way to connect my artistic hobbies with my passion for medicine!!"

Kadir Özler

-Founder-

Kadir '19 is a former SBU student. He created the club with the idea in mind that the general population should be able to learn about their own health and bodies without the fear of the complexity of the science that makes those up. Art was chosen to depict these processes because so many of us are visual learners, thus he wanted to spread this scientific inquiry into all individuals.