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!

Xiaoying Wu


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."

Ashley Valenton

-Vice President-

Ashley is a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She likes to paint, play games with friends, crochet, and read!

"Artists In Medicine is the best club ever and you should all join immediately !!! @ >:)"

Michael Buffardi


Michael is currently a junior Biochemistry major at Stony Brook University. He enjoys sewing, painting, and hanging out with friends!

“AIM is a great place to enjoy art, medicine, and probably lofi music. This semester is gonna be awesome see you all soon!!"

Jafar Ahmad


Jafar is currently a senior Psychology major with a minor in Chemistry. He enjoys watching movies, reading, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.

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

Irena Li

-Public Relations-

Irena is currently a junior majoring in Nursing at Stony Brook University who likes to play badminton and draw!

"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 listening to music and making playlists!

"AIM helps to bridge the gap between art and medicine, which is essential in understanding complex concepts and makes learning a really enjoyable experience!"

Anna Liu

-Class Representative-

Anna is currently a sophomore majoring in Biology and minoring in Studio Arts. She likes to try different types of food and workout with friends!

"Art gives inspiration. Biology gives inquisition. Combining the two creates the natural world and the human experience. That's why I'm excited to be part of AIM. (cy'all at our next event :D)"

Peter Stavros

-Class Representative-

Peter is a sophomore Biochemistry major who likes to draw, animate, and play piano!

"Art is something I am familiar with, and so AIM lets me use my existing knowledge to pursue what I want to know. It's also a positive environment for anyone who's just starting out with either art or medicine."

Qian Lin

-Class Representative-

Qian is currently a sophomore majoring in Biology who likes to draw, read, and listen to music!

"Creativity is important in medicine. AIM is a place where you can combine art and medicine to look at this more creative side."

Uzrah Abrar

-Class Representative-

Uzrah is a freshman double majoring in Biology and Health Science with double miniors in Women & Gender Studies and Health, Medicine, and Society. She likes to sing/songwrite, paint, bake, and read!

"When I first heard of AIM, I was so surprised that there is a club that pairs both a hands-on creative subject like art, with a more complex subject like medicine. The beauty of the club is that you dont't even have to be artistically inclined in order to learn and enjoy!"

Kadir Özler


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.