Thomas Jefferson University


About the Program

The Jefferson Humanities & Health Artist-in-Residence program invites creative practitioners to collaborate with the Jefferson community in the development of arts and humanities-centered inquiries into health and wellness. Across a period of sustained engagement, the artist will work alongside healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, and students to explore how creative practices can help realize a holistic community of care and open new contexts for understanding each other and the work we pursue at Jefferson.

Artist-in-Residence Josh Robinson (2019-ongoing)


Josh Robinson is a professional percussionist, teaching artist, and drum facilitator. For the past twenty years, he has used his skills, expertise and life experience to share drumming and the many gifts it brings with thousands of people each year around the U.S. Since 2019, Josh has served as the inaugural Jefferson Humanities & Health Artist-in-Residence at Thomas Jefferson University. At Jefferson, Josh has also taught a medical humanities selective course, The Language of Music: Improvisation in Sound, to students at Sidney Kimmel Medical College since 2017. Josh’s work has been recognized with a 2021 New Jersey Governor’s Award for Excellence in Arts Education, Performing Artist of the Year by Young Audiences NJ/Eastern PA, Community Hero Award from The Uplift Center for Grieving Children in Philadelphia, and a Service Award from the Rutgers University Future Scholars program for at-risk youth in Camden, New Jersey.  

During his time as the Humanities & Health artist-in-residence, Josh has facilitated art- and music-based activities with patients in the Jefferson Health system, led workshops for Jefferson students in Center City and East Falls, and pioneered an online video series promoting creativity at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check out the Creative Wellness Video project here, featuring work by Josh and Philadelphia-based poet, educator, and curator Yolanda Wisher.

“These workshops highlighted the unifying force music can have. It can be a way to build relationships and connections with people who you otherwise may have nothing in common with. I love the way drumming, and music in general, can be used as a tool for communicating and emoting, many times without the need for words.”
—Sidney Kimmel Medical College student participant

Artist-in-Residence Nazanin Moghbeli (2021-2022)

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Nazanin Moghbeli, MD, FACC is an Iranian-American artist and cardiologist, and the director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Einstein Medical Center. Nazanin uses art to inspire, decompress, and deepen curiosity about the human body and medicine. She is interested in the ways that her practice as a doctor informs her art, and how her art provides a unique perspective that she brings to the bedside. At Einstein Medical Center, she helped develop workshops that incorporate art education into medical training, and she has exhibited her work locally at the Science Center, University of Pennsylvania, and various galleries, as well as in Paris.

See Nazanin's work featured in Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth's Literary and Art Journal here, or more on her website here.