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Lisa Sanders, MD, FACP

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine)

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Lisa Sanders, MD, FACP

Patient Care Location

Mailing Address

  • General Internal Medicine

    PO Box 208025

    New Haven, CT, 06520

    United States



Dr. Lisa Sanders is a clinician educator in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her work as a physician and teacher, she writes the popular Diagnosis column for the New York Times Magazine and the Think Like a Doctor column featured in the New York Times blog, The Well. Her column was the inspiration for the Fox program House MD (2004-2012) and she served as a consultant to the show. In 2010, I published a book titled Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. Currently, she is collaborating with the New York Times on an eight-hour documentary series on the process of diagnosis. It will air on Netflix in the summer of 2019.

Sanders' path to medicine was anything but traditional. As an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, she majored in English, wrote for The Flat Hat, the college paper, and served pints of ale at Chownings Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. After graduation she took a job with ABC at Good Morning America. Less than 10 years later, while working for CBS News, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story for coverage of Hurricane Hugo as it slammed into her hometown of Charleston, S.C. But by then, Sanders said, she was ready to move on professionally and decided that of all the subjects she covered as a journalist, medicine intrigued her most. After two years at Columbia University’s Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program, Sanders was accepted to the Yale School of Medicine “as part of the 10 percent of the class they reserve for weirdos,” she said. In addition to her time in the hospital, Sanders is currently researching clinical decision making and the way diagnostic decisions and errors are made. She has published two books previously — The Perfect Fit Diet: Combine What Science Knows About Weight Loss With What You Know About Yourself in 2004 and The Perfect Fit Diet: How to Lose Weight, Keep it Off and Still Eat the Foods You Love in 2005.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Yale University (1997)
  • BA
    College of William and Mary (1979)
  • Chief Resident
    Yale School of Medicine
  • Resident
    Yale School of Medicine
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2001, recertified: 2012)

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