Photo credit:  Paul Gargagliano

Photo credit: Paul Gargagliano



I grew up in the suburbs of Miami, Florida. Fascinated by the human body in elementary school, I devoured Magic School Bus books and idolized my pediatrician, Dr. Keller. I went to Brown University for college where I majored in History of Art and Architecture, briefly flirting with a career in the art world before heading down the pre-med path. I went to medical school at Johns Hopkins University, and completed my internal medicine residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Currently I am an internist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where I seek out projects that resurrect the narrative soul of medicine. I am the creator and host of The Nocturnists, a live show and podcast where doctor share stories from the world of medicine. I wrote a series of prose poems about my medical residency, some of which were published in The Examined Life Journal at the University of Iowa School of Medicine, and am currently embarking on a new writing project with the support of an October 2018 fellowship at The MacDowell Colony. My writing is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about science, human nature, and what it means to live and die well. In my spare time I enjoy teaching myself electric guitar, listening to podcasts, and traveling with my husband Boaz. I tweet @ESilvermanMD.