The Arts of Healing

Established by Lori and Isaac Raijman MD, The Arts of Healing Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that blends the worlds of art and medicine. The foundation unites physicians from the major hospitals throughout the Texas Medical Center in an effort to encourage and celebrate the arts while simultaneously raising money for a variety of medical challenges.

Studies show that not only does art equip doctors with the creativity and practice to make them better physicians; it also enables them to better connect, empathize with, and support their patients.

With this in mind, The Arts of Healing is an annual art show where physicians exhibit their work at select retailers in Houston’s prestigious River Oaks District. From the visual displays of painting and photography, the musical offerings of rock or classical, these doctors and surgeons showcase their talent during this one special event.Funds for the selected charity are raised in a variety of ways- direct donation, sponsor/physician dinner, and a percentage of the total sales throughout the hosting retailers.

In addition to being an enlightening evening, these doctors’ artwork deepens their connections between one another, their patients, and the Houston medical community at large.The Arts of Healing event allows these participating physicians to stand out in the medical community as they share their gifts, talents, and appreciation for that matters closest to their hearts: the spread of creativity and the support of their patients.

photo by: Kathleen O’Ryan

Lori and Isaac Raijman

As a public school writing teacher of 24 years, Lori Raijman watched as art became the voice for her at-risk students to express their hopes, fears, personalities, and realities. When creating, her students temporarily transformed into artists and ditched the oppressive labels assigned to them when not in Lori’s class. But using art as their vehicle they got to shine in an unexpected light. They felt honored. They crossed lines and communicated in non traditional ways. It was empowering. It was healing.

After retiring from teaching, Raijman began working with her “Gastroenterologist by day, painter and sculptor by night” husband, Isaac Raijman. When Lori would organize shows for Dr. Raijman to exhibit his work, she again noticed how his art built a bridge between him, his patients, and colleagues. It brought out conversations and connections of a different nature. She witnessed bridges being built among strangers. Foundations strengthened between colleagues.

Now armed with the knowledge of how art can connect communities, while serving the artists themselves, The Raijmans conceptualized The Arts of Healing Physician Art Show. They even strategized how the event could be an even more worthwhile endeavor by having its proceeds benefit various philanthropic organizations to which this medical community, patients and physicians alike, were already connected.

Together, as a couple, The Raijmans became philanthropists who empowered a community to come together to connect, create, have fun, and hopefully even heal in the process.

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Board of Directors

  • Mike and Connie Springs
  • Lori and Isaac Raijman
  • Betsy Montgomery
  • Kristen Collins

Host Committee

  • Nicole Allen
  • Cathleen Fishel
  • Sarah Collins
  • Ashley Dewar
  • Alexa Edens
  • Rylie Caldwell
  • Sarah Pope
  • Katherine Aldmon
  • Meghan Hicks
  • Lindsay Dragos
  • Ashlean Mckenna
  • Rachele Goetz
 
 

2018 Participating Physcians

  • Boccalandro, Cristina
    endocrinologist | photographer
  • Cangelosi, John
    dermatopathologist | photographer
  • Dahlberg, Carl
    pulmonologist | musician
  • Dannenbaum, Marc
    neurosurgeon | musician
  • Danziger, Julius
    radiologist | painter

  • Galati, Joseph
    hepatologist | photographer)
  • Goodwin, Brandon
    dermapathologist | photographer
  • Hematpour, Khashayar
    cardiologist | musician
  • Kowalski, Alicia
    anesthesiologist | painter
  • Madjidi, Azita
    plastic surgeon | dancer

  • Mentz, Henry
    plastic surgeon | painter
  • Moore, Dean
    emergency room | musician
  • Murthy, Jay
    pulmonologist | photographer
  • Parsons, Jessica
    dermatologist | painter
  • Phan, Charles
    gastroenterologist | painter
  • Powell, Berkeley
    plastic surgeon | photographer
  • Powitzky, Eric
    otolaryngologist | musician
  • Raijman, Isaac
    gastroenterologist | painter

  • Reardon, Patrick
    surgeon | photographer
  • Smith, Paul
    urologist | musician
  • Thakkar, Kalpesh
    pediatric gastroenterologist | DJ
  • Urrutia, Fernando
    gastroenterologist | tequila master