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Harvard University, AB, Classics, Summa Cum Laude
Minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology
King's College, University of London, MA with Distinction, Classical Art and Archaeology
Harvard University, PhD, Ancient History
Harvard Medical School with Honors
Signature Healthcare-Brockton Hospital/BIDMC
Awards and Fellowships
2019-2020 Inaugural Resident Scholar, Society of Skeletal Radiology (10 residents selected nationally)
2018 Harvard Cabot History of Medicine Prize, awarded to 2 graduating students from Harvard Medical School who have made significant contributions to the history of medicine
2017-2018 Harvard University Presidential Scholar's Fund Grant to support tuition and living expenses for the fourth year of medical school (one awarded)
2016 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship to study German in Germany
2016 Harvard Graduate School Dissertation Term-Time Merit Fellowship
2014-2015 Harvard Bok Center Teaching Award (for three consecutive semesters, awarded to instructors based on outstanding student feedback)
2014 US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to fund Arabic language study in Morocco
2008 London Guild of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors Geoffrey Bond Travel Bursary to fund MA research, awarded by the Lord Mayor of London (only one awarded)
2008 Latin Commencement Orator, Harvard University (audience of 30,000 people, including author JK Rowling, in addition to a live webcast)
2008 Harvard Knox Fellowship recipient (one of two awarded to the Harvard College graduating class of 2008 to fund tuition and living expenses for one year of MA study in the UK)
2008 Harvard College Joseph Garrison Parker Prize (one awarded to the Harvard College graduating class for excellence in both premedical and non-premedical coursework)
2008 Harvard College Hoopes Prize (awarded for an outstanding senior thesis, which received grades of Summa from both readers and was nominated for the award by an independent faculty committee)
2008 Harvard College John Harvard Scholar (top 5% of the class of 2008)
2008 Harvard College Louis Curtis Prize (awarded to one student in the class of 2008 for excellence in Latin language coursework)
2008 Harvard College Vermeule Prize (awarded to one student in the class of 2008 for excellence in archaeology research)
2004-2005 Harvard College Detur Award (awarded to the top 5% of the class of 2008, for excellence in freshman year coursework)
van Schaik, G., van Schaik, K., Murphy, M. 2019. "Point of Care Ultrasonography (POCUS) in a community emergency department: an analysis of decision-making and cost savings associated with POCUS." Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine 38:2133-2140.
van Schaik, K., Eisenberg, R., Bekvalac, J., Glazer, A., Rühli, F. 2018. Evaluation of lesion burden in a bone-by-bone comparison of osteological and radiological methods of analysis. International Journal of Paleopathology 24:171-174.
van Schaik, K. "The Applicability of N: Ancient Debates and Modern Experimental Design." Healthcare (Special edition: Humanities and Healthcare) 6(118):10pp.
van Schaik, K., Eisenberg, R., Bekvalac, J., Rühli, F. 2017. "The radiologist in the crypt: past burden of disease and its modern relevance." Academic Radiology 24:1305-1311.
van Schaik, K. and Rühli, F. 2015. "Evolution of prevention: epidemiological transitions, evolutionary medicine, and clinical practice." Preventive Medicine 73:117-118.
van Schaik, K. and Rühli, F. 2014. "Health is not always written in bone: Using a modern comorbidity index to assess disease load in paleopathology." American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154:215-221.
Shahid, S., Bessarab, D., van Schaik, K., Aoun, S.M., Thompson, S.C. 2013. "Improving palliative care outcomes for Aboriginal Australians: service providers' perspectives." BMC Palliative Care 12:36.
van Schaik, K. and Thompson, S. C. 2011. "Indigenous beliefs about biomedical and bush medicine treatment efficacy for Indigenous cancer patients, a review of the literature." Australian Internal Medicine Journal 42: 184-191.
Reviews and Editorials
van Schaik, K. "The Focused History and Physical - circa 100 BC." Academic Emergency Medicine 25(4):474-475. doi: 10.1111/acem.1337.
van Schaik, K. "The 'medical market place' in the High Roman Empire." Review of Patients and Healers in the High Roman Empire, by Ido Israelowich. The Classical Review 67:194-195.
van Schaik, K. Review of The 'Hippocratic' Corpus: Content and Context, by Elizabeth M. Craik. Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2016.02.49).
van Schaik, K. "History and Paleopathology." The International Journal of Paleopathology 13:80-81.
van Schaik, K. "Pimping Socrates." Journal of the American Medical Association 311:1401-1403.
vanSchaik, K. "Rural health education." Australian Family Physician 40:89.
van Schaik, K. "'Taking' a History." Journal of the American Medical Association 304:1159-60.
Books and Book Chapters
van Schaik, K. Forthcoming, under contract. How to Be Healthy: An Ancient Guide to Wellness. Excerpts from Galen. Princeton University Press, Ancient Guide Series.
van Schaik, K. "Living Prostheses." In Prostheses in Antiquity, ed. J. Draycott, pp. 140-158. London: Routledge.
van Schaik, K. "The Currency of Medicine: healing imagery on the coins of Trikka, Kos, Epidauros, and Pergamon." In Proceedings of the XV International Numismatic Congress, ed. Maria Caccamo Caltabiano, pp. 525-539. Rome: Arbor Sapientiae.
Arnold-Biucchi, C. and van Schaik, K. "The meaning of the crab on ancient Greek coins and its relation to ancient medicine: a new approach." In Proceedings of the XV International Numismatic Congress, ed. Maria Caccamo Caltabiano, pp. 313-318. Rome: Arbor Sapientiae.
van Schaik, K. "The patient-physician relationship and treatment of illness in the ancient Greco-Roman world and in contemporary Indigenous communities in Western Australia." In Homo Patiens: Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World, ed. C. Thumiger and G. Petridou, 471-496. Leiden: Brill.
van Schaik, K. "Interdisciplinary methods for interpreting health and disease in past populations." Capital Normal University, Beijing, China. September 28, 2018.
van Schaik, K. "Coping with clinical uncertainty: disease classification systems from the Greco-Roman world." MD PhD Grand Rounds, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. April 30, 2018.
van Schaik, K. "Dirty words and dusty bones: Rebranding retrospective diagnosis," Workshop on Retrospective Diagnosis and the Health of Past Populations, Laval University, Quebec City, Canada. January 25, 2018.
van Schaik, K. "Analytical triage in bioarchaeological samples through osteological and radiological methods," with R. Eisenberg, J. Bekvalac, and F. Rühli. Morris Simon Research Day, Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital), Boston, MA. May 17, 2017.
van Schaik, K. "Disease before 'modern medicine' – why we should investigate it," Harvard-MIT Annual MD PhD Retreat, Cape Cod, MA. September 25, 2016.
van Schaik, K. "How did doctors decide? Medical pluralism and medical decision making from Hippocrates to Galen," Department of the History of Medicine, University of Giessen, Germany. June 6, 2016.
van Schaik, K. "'Hippokrates', the 'Hippocratic Corpus', and medical pluralism in classical Greece," seminar guest presentation in the School of Medicine, University of Giessen, Germany. June 6, 2016.
van Schaik, K. "Only the 'necessary things': The evolution of medical education alongside epidemiological shifts in burden of disease," invited panelist, Inaugural Meeting of the International Society of Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, Phoenix, AZ. March 20, 2015.
van Schaik, K. "'Nam quod nemo novit, paene non fit' ["What no one knew, almost didn't happen"]: Perspective, identity, narrative, and mental (dis)order in Apuleius's Golden Ass," invited panelist, Fifth International Conference on the Ancient Novel, Houston, TX. Friday, October 2, 2016.
van Schaik, K. "Paleopathology: New directions in comparative methodologies," Harvard-MIT Annual MD PhD Retreat, Waterville Valley, NH. October 12, 2012.
Proceedings of Meetings (Podium Presentations)
van Schaik, K.D., "Big Hospitals: the Methodism of Caelius Aurelianus and rapid-access medical knowledge," Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Washington, DC, January 2-5, 2020.
van Schaik, K.D., "Galen's Physician-Patients: diagnosing and treating one of the community," Association of Ancient Historians Annual Meeting. Emory University, Atlanta, GA. April 25-27, 2019.
van Schaik, K.D., "Image and intention: Christus medicus on the second- to fourth-century CE sarcophagi of the Vatican Museums," Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Annual Conference, Taichung, Taiwan. October 19, 2018.
van Schaik, K.D., "Approaches to medical decision making, ancient and modern." Zhejiang Western Humanities Conference, Zhejiang, China. September 15, 2018.
van Schaik, K.D., "Teaching clinical judgment: Methodist and Galenic approaches," Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, Boston, MA. January 6, 2018.
van Schaik, K.D., "Teaching clinical judgment: Methodist and Galenic approaches," Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society, Toronto, Canada. November 10, 2017.
van Schaik, K.D., "'Decision is difficult' (ἡ δὲ κρίσις χαλεπή): Medical decision making in the Hippocratic Corpus," Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Atlantic States, New York, NY. October 6, 2017.
van Schaik, K.D., "Towards a new(-ish) taxonomy of disease," Disease and the Ancient World Symposium, Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. September 23, 2017.
van Schaik, K.D., "Medical Decision Making: From the Hippocratic to the modern," National Conference for Physician Scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. April 29, 2017.
van Schaik, K.D., "Algorithms, medical decision making, and the patient-physician relationship: From the Hippocratic to the modern," Doctor, doctor: Global and historical perspectives on the doctor-patient relationship, Oxford, United Kingdom. March 24, 2017.
van Schaik, K.D. and Zainaldin, J. "'A young man was seized with an acute illness': Medical case histories, prognosis, and writing the life of the future," 17th UniSA Classics Colloquium, Pretoria, South Africa. October 26, 2016.
van Schaik, K.D., "Serving, cooperating, and combating: Encounters among doctors, patients, and diseases in the world of the Hippocratic Corpus," Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies 11th Annual Conference, Pingtung, Taiwan. October 22, 2016.
van Schaik, K.D., Eisenberg R., Bekvalac, J., and Rühli, F.J. "The radiologist in the crypt: Interdisciplinary approaches to determining burden of disease in past populations," American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN. April 29, 2016.
van Schaik, K.D., "'An ailment with which I will contend': Diodorus Siculus and the physicians of Egypt," Classical Association of the Middle West and South Annual Meeting, Williamsburg, VA. March 17, 2016.
van Schaik, K.D., "'The cause was to be found chiefly in the diseased state of their minds': Madness, epidemic disease, and societal interpretation of behavior during the plague of Athens, the Justinian plague, and the modern Ebola outbreak," Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies 10th Annual Conference, Taipei, Taiwan. October 23, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D., "The currency of medicine: Healing imagery on the coins of Kos, Epidauros, and Pergamon, from the 4th century BCE to the 4th century CE," XV International Numismatic Congress, Taormina, Sicily, Italy. September 22, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D. and Arnold-Biucchi, C. "The meaning of the crab on ancient Greek coins and its relation to ancient medicine: A new approach," XV International Numismatic Congress, Taormina, Sicily, Italy. September 23, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D., "Diversifying our evidence: Evolutionary medicine and the potentials and pitfalls of text-based sources," International Evolutionary Medicine Conference, University of Zürich, Switzerland. July 31, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D., "'Unconscious of his arms and his legs': Perceptions, prognoses, and treatment of paralysis and loss-of-function injuries in the ancient Mediterranean," Prostheses in Antiquity, University of Wales Trinity St. David, Lampeter, Wales, June 30, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D., "'A division of labor but a unity of spirit': Spiritual dimensions of illness and healing in the context of the (de)medicalization of childbirth from the ancient Greco-Roman world to today," 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, Cambridge, MA. March 7, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D., "Text-less medical instruction: The evolving role of texts in an experiential profession," Greek Medical Texts and their Audience, King's College, University of London, UK. December 12, 2014.
van Schaik, K.D., "Enfeebled bodies and empowered souls: Early depictions of the sick and of Jesus as Christus medicus on third and fourth century Roman sarcophagi, and how we might view disease as an enabling force in contemporary society," 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. March 8, 2014.
van Schaik, K.D., "Analyses of co-morbidities from osteological remains and soft tissue autopsy reports in a Swiss bone reference series using a modern co-morbidity index," 11th Annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, Harvard and MIT, Cambridge, MA. October 25, 2013.
van Schaik, K.D., "Ritual of touch, rhetoric of disease, religion of healing: The impact of religious belief on views of human contact, health, and disease," 2nd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. May 30, 2013.
van Schaik, K.D., "The patient-physician relationship and treatment of illness in the ancient Greco-Roman world in contemporary Indigenous communities in Western Australia," Homo Patiens: Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany. July 1, 2012.
Proceedings of Meetings (Poster Presentations)
van Schaik, K.D., Eisenberg R., Bekvalac, J., and Rühli, F.J. "Analytical triage in bioarchaeological samples through osteological and radiological methods," with R. Eisenberg, J. Bekvalac, and F. Rühli, Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. November 27 – December 2, 2016.
van Schaik, K.D., Eisenberg R., Bekvalac, J., and Rühli, F.J. "Paleopathology and medical decision-making: What analysis of past disease burden can teach us about how western physicians learned to think about disease and its treatment," American Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. Wednesday, March 25, 2015.
van Schaik, K.D., Eisenberg R., Bekvalac, J., and Rühli, F.J. "Analyses of co-morbidities from osteological remains and soft tissue autopsy reports in a Swiss bone reference series using a modern co-morbidity index," American Paleopathology Association Annual Meeting, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. April 9-10, 2013.
2018 Harvard-Dubai Center for Global Health Delivery Research Grant
2016 Westengard Fund Fellowship
2016 Wellcome Trust Small Grant (United Kingdom)
2015 Westengard Fund Fellowship
2015 Harvard MD PhD Social Sciences Program Summer Research Grant
2015 Harvard Department of the Classics Segal Fellowship