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Jafeen Ilumdeen, MD, MS

Stony Brook University School of Medicine

Dr. Ilmudeen was born in Sri Lanka and completed most of her schooling in Saudi Arabia before attending Wellesley College, where she majored in English. Interested in Victorian literature, particularly in women’s fiction and social history, she pursued graduate studies in English at Case Western Reserve University, where she explored creative writing and discovered narrative medicine. As a graduate student, she also worked in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, helping to create programs focused on education, policy and advocating for the marginalized. Working in healthcare marketing in California after graduation gave her another perspective on medicine, highlighting factors such as research and innovation, access, and how narratives shaped the medical milieu. Returning to the east coast after completing her post bacc, she attended Stony Brook University School of Medicine, where she was awarded a Berken Fellowship for research in the medical humanities. In conjunction with AMSA, she designed and taught a class on narrative medicine to medical professionals. A member of the Gold Humanism Society, Dr. Ilmudeen was drawn to family medicine largely because of its wide scope of practice and the ability to use a varied skill set to address the healthcare needs of a diverse population. She is excited to train in urban family medicine in New York, a city brimming with ideas and cultures, challenges and possibilities. Outside of medicine, she enjoys the art scene and traveling.