Ssanyu Birigwa

Narrative Medicine Clinician & Indigenous Bone Healer
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Ssanyu Birigwa is a Narrative Medicine Clinician, Indigenous Bone Healer and Adjunct Professor for the Master of Science Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University.


A nonprofit executive with 15+ years of experience building healthier communities, she is now the co-founder of Narrative Bridge, an innovative communications & culture firm that brings narrative medicine training to organizations, and a world-renowned expert on the intersectionality of health and spirituality. Ssanyu is the recipient of the 2016-2017 Columbia University Narrative Medicine Fellowship.


Ssanyu speaks on world stages about the key role storytelling and spirituality play in healing, especially in healthcare settings, and most recently lectured at the International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society at the Sorboonne Universite Paris; John Hopkins Interprofessional Telemedicine Education Symposium; and the Saint Lukes SLUHN Diabetes Symposium.


She has led Narrative Medicine courses for SocMed and the Soros Foundation in Uganda and Rwanda, hosted the Narrative Medicine Rounds at Columbia University and taught workshops at Kripalu, NYU, Popsugar Play|Ground and the Boston school system.



M.S., Columbia University—Narrative Medicine



Narrative Medicine Clinician, Columbia University


Indigenous Bone Healer’s from Uganda


Reiki Shaman Master/Teacher


DTI Full Spectrum Birthing and Post-Partum Doula



I am a virtual farmer, growing hibiscus and cocoa on my family’s farm in Uganda.

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