Ryoko Hamaguchi

  • Medical student + Visual Artist
  • Boston, MA

Art x Medicine = ?

Ryoko Hamaguchi is a current second year medical student at Harvard Medical School and a self-taught visual artist.

Born in Japan and raised in Oregon and California, she discovered a passion for drawing and painting at an early age and has continued to pursue visual art as her primary extracurricular passion and creative outlet. She earned a B.S. in the Biological Sciences at Stanford University with successful completion of two honors distinctions, one in basic scientific research and another in the interdisciplinary application of art in medicine, often drawing the two together through creative pieces revolving around the themes of science and human physiology.

Her interests and experience range from scientific illustrations to the use of portraiture in patient advocacy and in capturing the unique narratives of illness that often becomes obscured in the modern fabric of clinical practice. Though most of her early works were produced using graphite, watercolor and ink, she continues to explore various media, including digital illustration using the Apple iPad.

Through both commissioned and personally driven projects, she hopes to continue integrating the arts in her career as a physician and medical educator.


M.D. Candidate at Harvard Medical School

August 2016 – Present Boston, MA

Visiting Research Student at Center for iPS Cell Research and Application

Sep 2015 – July 2016 Kyoto, Japan

B.S.H. in Biology, Honors in the Interdisciplinary Arts at Stanford University

Sep 2011 – Jun 2015 Stanford, CA


Hippocrates Symposium on Poetry and Medicine

Harvard Medical School Boston, MA

Exhibit, oral presentation (“Visualizing and Verbalizing Illness: a Window into the Full Patient Experience”), plenary discussion panelist

2016 Drug Discovery Conference

Stanford Cardiovascular Institute Stanford, CA

Case Presentation

Stanford University Stanford, CA

Honors in the Interdisciplinary Arts capstone presentation

Explorations Showcase

TEDxStanford 2014 Stanford, CA

Arts After Dark

Arts After Dark Festival Stanford, CA


Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, Leeper Lab (Stanford School of Medicine), Harvard Student Human Rights Collaborative, Global Surgery Student Alliance (Harvard Medical School)