The Author

Louise Aronson is a doctor and writer – or maybe a writer and a doctor.

Louise the Doctor: Dr. Louise Aronson is Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she cares for frail older adults in the Care at Home Program and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities. A geriatrician, Louise received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed an internal medicine residency and geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. She has served as editor of the JGIM Healing Arts section, associate editor for the JAMA Care of the Aging Patient series, director of the UCSF Pathways to Discovery Program, and director of Public Medical Communication for the Program for the Aging Century.

Louise’s research and scholarship focus on geriatrics education, reflective learning, and Public Medical Communication. She is particularly interested in training current and future health professionals to provide optimal care to older adults; creating compassionate, inquisitive physicians committed to lifelong learning and improving health and medicine; and the use of writing to harness the expertise and unique experiences of clinicians and medical scientists in service of health and health care. A former Teaching Scholar, Geriatrics Faculty Scholar and Medical Education Research Fellow, Louise has received the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, a Geriatric Academic Career Award, the Cooke Award for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, UCSF mentorship and teaching awards, the Lieberman Scholar Award, the AOA Edward D. Harris Professionalism Award, an Arnold P. Gold Professorship for Humanism in Medicine, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Educator of the Year award.

Louise the Writer: Louise holds an M.F.A. from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She has won the Sonora Review Prize, the New Millennium Short Fiction Award, three Pushcart nominations, and has been awarded UCross, Ragdale and Hedgebrook Foundation residencies. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Narrative Magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, the Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. Her first book, A History of the Present Illness, was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize and the PEN American Bingham award for best debut fiction.

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