The Author

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

Louise the Doctor: Dr. Louise Aronson is an associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where she cares for frail older adults and directs the Northern California Geriatrics Education Center and UCSF Medical Humanities. A geriatrician, Louise received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in internal medicine, a clinician-educator fellowship, and a geriatrics fellowship at UCSF. She also serves as associate editor for the JAMA Care of the Aging Patient series and director of Public Medical Communication for the Program for the Aging Century. Her clinical practice is through the Housecalls Program for diverse, vulnerable, homebound older adults and the Acute Care for Elders unit at San Francisco General Hospital.

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 and an Arnold P. Gold Professorship for Humanism in Medicine.

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 fiction has appeared in both literary and medical journals including Bellevue Literary Review, Northwest Review, Sonora Review, Seattle Review, Fourteen Hills, The Literary Review, Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine, among other publications. A History of the Present Illness – which takes readers into the lives of patients and doctors in the neighborhoods, hospitals and nursing homes of San Francisco “providing a view of medicine and illness unlike anything we’ve read before” – is her first book.

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