Ben Robison for Stanford Medicine

Portraits for Tracie White’s story about the role of art in medicine.

“Ben Robison, a medical student and professional violinist, is collaborating with a painter-physician on a website and tour that enables health care workers to make and interact with art.”




In Print

For Stanford Medicine Magazine, the opening spread for a story about Dr. Emmanuel Mignot and his narcoleptic Chihuahua, Watson.

A doctor and his Chihuahua make explaining narcolepsy look elementary

By Becky Bach

Photography by Lenny Gonzalez


Recent Work – Dr. Verghese

I photographed Dr. Abraham Verghese for Stanford Medical School earlier this year.

I just read a story about him in the The New York Times.  He is concerned that medical students rely too much on technology and equipment and not enough on their senses to examine and diagnose patients.

There is a lot to the man.  Not only is he a talented physician and intructor but he has 3 books out – 2 memoirs and a novel.  He came to the U.S. from Ethiopia when civil war began in 1974.  He treated patients during the early period of the AIDS epidemic in Tennessee. Read the Times story, the link is below.

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link to NY Times article here

Light & Airy – Dr. Roham Zamanian

Dr. Roham Zamanian

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension is a serious condition that damages pulmonary blood vessels. With proper treatment only 60% of PAH patients survive beyond 5 years of diagnosis. Dr. Zamanian treats people with PAH at Stanford’s Vera Moulton Wall Center for Pulmonary Vascular Disease.

I found this tree while scouting for backgrounds. I immediately thought of the inner structure of the lung – bronchi and bronchioles. That reference may or may not register in the viewer. For me its important to have that visual hook, a departure point, before photographing someone.

Read the Stanford Medicine story here.

The Bobo Doll Experiment

I heard Dr. Albert Bandura on PRI’s The World last week. He is famous for his Social Learning Theory and the Bobo Doll experiment used to study behavior and observed aggression. I photographed him for Stanford Magazine.

I find that the older I get, my interest in social psychology grows. I’m sure it has a lot to do with having 2 kids!

Since the 1970’s Mexican soap operas having been using his principles to make “message driven soap operas.”
For the The World story click here