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Since completing the MFA program at Lenoir-Rhyne, I've been branching out into poetry. A poem of mine was published in "Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine." Here's a link to the poem on their website:



 I had the wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by two young surgeons. You can listen to the resulting podcast here. Three generations of women surgeons - a resident, a young faculty member, and me - all together in one room, talking together. 


AVAILABLE NOW - Three affordable, focused books for ASPIRING MEDICAL WRITERS!!!  Each of these three monographs deals with a specific aspect of medical writing - writing and revising papers for peer-reviewed publications, creative writing, or textbooks. These books are for medical professionals who have an idea, but don't know where to start. This is information I wish that I had had available when I wrote my first papers, textbooks, and short stories. Available in print and e-book form (including free use through Kindle Unlimited).


MEDICAL WRITING: A BRIEF GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS - the basics of writing and editing papers for peer-reviewed publications


MEDICAL WRITING: TEXTBOOKS AND CHAPTERS - everything from writing your first chapter to editing a textbook.


MEDICAL WRITING: CREATIVE WRITING FOR CLINICIANS - how to turn those ideas into stories, whether fiction or creative non-fiction.

I have spent my entire life in academic surgery; the world of practicing surgeons who also teach others how to become surgeons. I am interested in the whole academic surgical milieu.

My ten medical books are written for students of surgery at all levels from medical student through practitioner. They have been translated into many languages, ranging from Chinese through Greek. In these books, I emphasize surgical anatomy and careful surgical technique, as well as how to avoid complications. New editions are out and I am always working on revisions.

My blog has short articles of potential interest to young (and not-so-young) surgeons.


I currently spend most of my time writing, and recently completed a graduate program in Narrative Medicine/Creative Writing. You can read some of my recent pieces here:

The Great Dimming of the Year 2020 is a lyric essay, written during the first six months of the pandemic. It weaves together themes of astronomy, aging, and COVID. It is beautifully illustrated with astrophotographs by Tim Christensen and published in an online edition of The North Carolina Literary Review.

After Midnight.

This story conveys the excitement and elation of being a third year medical student at Bellevue Hospital in the 1970's. It was experiences such as the one described here that convinced me to become a surgeon, a decision I have never regretted. This story was published in Intima, A Journal of Narrative Medicine. For more about "Narrative Medicine," see my blog.