I'm a writer, emergency physician, medical educator, and speaker. Fourteen Stories: Doctors, Patients, and Other Strangers, (Kent State University Press, 2007) was my first book of short fiction. What's Left Out , my follow-up collection, is forthcoming from Kent State University Press in 2015.
I'm an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where I serve as Director, Program in Clinical Arts and Humanities and Co-director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Scholarly Concentration. My academic work is rooted in interdisciplinary collaborations, including art, design and creative minds at Brown and RISD, colleagues who possess bigger brains of far more interesting shapes.
I majored in English at Union College in Schenectady, NY, received my medical degree from SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, completed the medical ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School, the Division of Social Medicine, and was selected to be a Faculty Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University. I'm pleased to start serving a stint as the medical humanities sub-section chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians. I've always felt that few specialties rely as much on the alchemy of knowledge, procedural dexterity and the habits of creative artists as emergency medicine.
I share a house in Rhode Island with my wife and son, two dogs with complex personalities, an incredibly cool red-footed tortoise called "The Dude" and her younger and randier mate who can't shake the name of "Baby Dude."
In addition to giving readings, I speak nationally on topics ranging from medical humanities and medical ethics to the importance of story, creativity and creative writing skills as necessary clinical skills. I also welcome conversations with reading groups and book clubs.
I can be contacted through email, and found fumbling my way on Twitter
This website, like me, is imperfect and a work-in-progress.
Recent and Selected Work