Marsha Hurst is on the faculty team of Columbia’s Program in Narrative Medicine and is a research scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, where she is coordinating a faculty seminar on narrative genetics. She is also a consultant on health advocacy programs, issues, and education with particular interest in women’s health and aging. She has consulted for the Medicare Rights Center and is adviser to their advocacy programs, and works with the women’s health reform coalition, Raising Women’s Voices. From 1998 through 2007, Hurst was the director of the graduate program in health advocacy at Sarah Lawrence College. The author of numerous publications, Hurst co-edited, with Sayantani DasGupta, Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies, an anthology of women’s illness narratives (Kent State University Press, 2007). She is also cofounder and vice president of the Westchester End-of-Life Coalition, and is a member of the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council. Hurst earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and completed a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship in community medicine and medical sociology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.