6th Annual Lecture – Carol W. Cassella, MD

“Words at the Heart of Healthcare: how fiction can heal both patients and physicians”

The speaker for our 6th annual lecture held October, 2016 was Carol W. Cassella, Novelist, Physician.

Carol Cassella is a practicing physician and the national bestselling author of three novels, Oxygen (2008), Healer (2010), Gemini (2014). All were Indie Next Picks and have been published in multiple foreign languages. Her books have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award, and highlighted as top choices by Library Journal, BookList, Harpers Bazaar, People Magazine, Poets & Writers, Women’s Day, and USA Today, among others. She frequently appears as a speaker and teacher at literary events and conferences throughout the United States.

Carol majored in English Literature at Duke University and worked in publishing before attending medical school. She is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology and wrote for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation prior to her career in fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and other web and print sites. She is a board member of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit supporting literacy in the Pacific Northwest, and has served on medical organizations working in Nicaragua and Bhutan. Carol lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and four children and is currently writing her fourth novel.

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