Made Visible

Not Defined by Diagnosis

Allowing Individuality to be

Seen & Heard

Exhibiting Imagination

Creating Projects in the World of Medicine to Communicate, Educate and Transform the Experience from Isolation to Connection

Made Visible

“The good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”

William Osler

The Made Visible Foundation was born as a result of  “Not Defined by Diagnosis", a Photo Workshop and its resulting Exhibit that put cameras in the hands of teens and young adults with life threatening illnesses at Montefiore Children’s Hospital, allowing them to speak about their experiences in words and images. It made it obvious that sometimes portraits of greatness are found in unexpected places.

Our Vision

In establishing this organization, Annie Levy, joined by others, has turned her eye to the world of medicine. We work with various groups, ranging from young people with life threatening illnesses to older adults addressing chronic or acute conditions to create projects that allow them to be seen and heard. We exhibit their inner greatness, create connections and allow them to show “a love of the game” wherever that is found. We strive to integrate their voices in the world of medicine to communicate, educate and transform the experience for both patient and practitioner. We stress the importance of “person” regardless of the setting or diagnosis.

Along the Way

jeremiahWe have created projects at sites including the Elizabeth Seton Pediatric Care Center, Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center, the CARES Program at Roosevelt Hospital, and the Alzheimer's Association. We have partnered on projects with the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation. Most recently, with grants from both the Fred J. Epstein Foundation and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, we are continuing our “Patient Voice” work, engaging people in sharing their experiences to educate those working in the world of medicine.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Check out the latest project by the Made Visible Foundation

Ask Me a Question

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation provided funding to support "Ask Me a Question". This is a video project that tells the stories of five different people who were/are patients. The videos are designed to be an interactive teaching tool to allow students and physicians to learn firsthand about the patient’s experience of illness, capturing the core elements of patients’ stories using their own words and images. Click here for a Q&A with Annie about the project.

We partnered with MedPage Today on this project. MedPage Today reaches 2/3 of all US physicians and will publish this project. This collaboration helps deliver the patient voice message directly to the healthcare providers who can transform everyday clinical care. We also invited Dr. Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA, Chief Experience Officer, Cleveland Clinic to write about this subject and she has written a compelling article to accompany the work.

A signature quality of our work is to not only find the best way to tell a particular story - be that through word, image, video, or live event - but to also build a bridge to an audience to create a connection that might otherwise not be there.

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OUR SUPPORTERS & FUNDERS

Photographers, Artists and Organizations who have given generously of their time and talents

Waterside Plaza

Waterside Plaza
NYC Real Estate

Arnold P. Gold Foundation

Arnold P. Gold Foundation
Healthcare

Fred J. Epstein Pediatric Care Foundation

Fred J. Epstein Pediatric Care Foundation
Healthcare

Adam Moran

Adam Moran
Photographer

Scratch

Scratch
DJ Academy

Michael Kamber

Michael Kamber
Photo Journalist

5Pointz & Meres One

5Pointz & Meres One
Graffiti Artist

Ivan Mora

Ivan Mora
Glass Artist

Coral Software

Coral Software
Developer

ABOUT

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With a special focus on the world of medicine, Annie’s work has been in developing and creating portrait projects that transform the way we see and interact with people. Her work has been widely shown, including at the United Nations, the Hebrew Home for the Aged, is permanently installed at Roosevelt Hsopital and has been commissioned by The Frick Collection for their Art of Observation project for medical education. As a result of her work with young people at Montefiore Children's Hospital on the award winning photo project they entitled "Not Defined By Diagnosis" she saw a need for an organization whose mission is to continue to create such projects, broadening its scope and impact to address the needs of both patient and practitioner. Made Visible came to life.

As a result of her enthusiasm about her subjects, Annie is frequently asked to speak at conferences and present to a variety of groups, using the projects she has created to discuss such topics as integrating the Patient Voice into practice, Visual Messaging, Health Care Design, Images and Aging, as well as concepts related to overall project and exhibit design and development.

Included in her speaking engagements are the New York Times Company Foundation’s program for journalists at the International Longevity Center, the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Biennial Conference, John A. Hartford Foundation Communications Conferences, and the American Society on Aging’s National Conference. Most recently she was the keynote speaker for The Center for Health Design’s Environments and Aging Conference. Annie was also recently invited to lecture at Sarah Lawrence in the Health Care Advocacy Department and also conducted a Grand Rounds presentation at Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, NYC. She has her BFA from NYU Film School.

Click here for information about Annie’s nomination for the New York Post’s Liberty Medal for Leadership which she was awarded for her work with young people at Montefiore Children’s Hospital.



Paul White

Paul White

Web Developer

From our website to our Patient Voice projects, Paul uses his ability to infuse the human spirit into all things digital, bringing his unique way of seeing to everything we do. With a strong background in photography, graphic arts and web based design, Paul brings a keen sense of all three to our projects. He wholeheartedly devotes himself to working with us and our project participants to help discover and create the best possible way to display and exhibit work - all to bring its meaning to life. Never afraid to have another cup of coffee if it means he can stay up late to try another point of view, we are proud to call Paul our digital mastermind.



Sammy Levine

Sammy Levine

Video

Sammy hails from Florida and although he lives in NYC, he retains his allegiance to the Miami Marlins. He brings his love of telling stories through video to Made Visible Foundation's projects. He has worked with Google, The Bowery Mission, Vita Coco, among others.



Benjamin Heller

Benjamin Heller

Digital Post Production

Benjamin Heller, an accomplished photographer and artist works with us, bringing his old school artistry to new school technology. He is our digital post production wiz, using his skills and unique eye to further bring work to life. He has an endless curiosity about exploring and expressing what moves people as well as exploring and expressing the forces of nature in a variety of art forms. His work has been shown at many diverse spaces including the Baryshnikov Arts Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the International Center of Photography.



Steven R. Hazlett

Steven R. Hazlett

Photographer

Steven is a photographer, teacher, and artist in resident based in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree at SUNY Purchase College in 2013, teaches the art of photography at several non-profit organizations. His style of photography is heavily influenced by his photojournalistic background, and has been part of the Eddie Adams Workshop alumni since 2012, when he began is photographic career. Steven has worked with such clients as Alicia Keys, Jungle City Studios, Madison Square Garden, and many more.