Raj Telhan is a physician and writer who works at the intersection of literature, medicine, and culture. He is the author of essays, longform journalism, and criticism bridging science and the humanities. His writing appears in the Virginia Quarterly Review and The American Scholar. His VQR essay, “Begin Cutting,” was published in the Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. Other honors include the Smith-Shanubi Scholarship at the New York State Writers Institute, the Longreads Editors’ Pick, and the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction for his VQR cover story, “Foreign Bodies.” Raj studied Literature and Medicine at the University of Virginia, where he was a Crispell Scholar. He completed his residency in rehabilitation medicine at NYPH/Columbia-Cornell University Medical Center, graduating as Chief Resident. After completing an interventional spine fellowship at the University of Virginia, he began clinical practice as an academic attending and teacher of medical humanities. Raj is currently an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.