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Other doctors who write

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2012 - Winter


LaLisa Alita Anderson, M.D. ’01 published a collection of oral histories titled On the Other Side: African Americans Tell of Healing in 2001. In 2006 she was an American Philosophical Society Fellow. About five years ago she placed her creative writing on hold; she presently works in a medical communications agency in Atlanta that supports pharmaceutical clients as they conduct oncology research and bring oncology drugs to market.

Pauline W. Chen, M.D., HS ’98 is a surgeon, author, and columnist for The New York Times. She published Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality in 2007.

John A. Elefteriades, M.D. ’76, HS ’81, FW ’83 chief of cardiothoracic surgery and the William W.L. Glenn Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, has written four textbooks, including Your Heart: An Owner’s Guide, with Lawrence S. Cohen, M.D., HS ’65, the Ebenezer K. Hunt Professor Emeritus of Medicine. Elefteriades also wrote The Woman’s Heart: An Owner’s Guide, with Teresa Caulin-Glaser, M.D., and he is the author of Transplant, a medical thriller.

Robert L. Klitzman, M.D. ’85 wrote When Doctors Become Patients in response to his own grief over the death of his sister, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Klitzman, a research scientist and associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and at Columbia University, is the author of five other books. He got his start as a writer by reviewing books at Yale, where his role models included Richard A. Selzer, M.D., HS ’61, and Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D. ’55, HS ’61.

Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., HS ’61 has written frequently about medicine and the healing process. His books include Faith, Hope & Healing: Inspiring Lessons Learned from People Living with Cancer; A Book of Miracles: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love; and Help Me to Heal: A Practical Guidebook for Patients, Visitors, and Caregivers (Essential Tools, Strategies, and Resources for Healthy Hospitalizations and Home Convalescence).

Alan A. Stone, M.D. ’55 the Touroff-Glueck Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Harvard Law School, uses literature to interest students in the themes of psychology and justice. He is the author of Movies and the Moral Adventure of Life and Law; Psychiatry and Morality: Essays and Analysis; and co-editor of The Abnormal Personality through Literature with Sue Smart Stone.

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