Emily Silverman, MD is an internal medicine physician, Assistant Volunteer Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and founder/host of The Nocturnists, an independent medical storytelling organization that has uplifted the voices of 400+ healthcare workers since 2016 through its sold-out live performances and award-winning podcast.
The Nocturnists' work has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Morning Edition, Pop-Up Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and will be presented in March 2023 at South By Southwest (SXSW). In 2020, its "Stories from a Pandemic" audio diary series was acquired by the U.S. Library of Congress for historic preservation. The Nocturnists has been honored by the Webby Awards, Anthem Awards, Ambie Awards, Quill Podcast Awards, and Sharp Index Award for Media Leadership. It has been featured as an editors’ pick on Amazon Music, Stitcher, Bello Collective, Podcast Brunch Club, and Podchaser.
Dr. Silverman's writing has been supported by MacDowell and published in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, JAMA, CHEST, McSweeneys, and more. In 2020, Dr. Silverman was on the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List, which celebrates creative changemakers whose work is in service of building sustainable, equitable, and regenerative communities. She was the 2020 Hellman Artist-in-Residence at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and serves as Senior Advisor to the U.S. National Covid Commission Planning Group.
Dr. Silverman is a dynamic speaker, and has inspired audiences at UCSF, Stanford, Kaiser, Columbia, Harvard, IDEO, MindBodyGreen, and The Esalen Institute. Her engagements illustrate the power of storytelling to impact healthcare delivery, shape medical culture, ignite creativity, and catalyze individual and institutional change. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
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