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Emily Silverman

The Nocturnists

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' "Stories from a Pandemic" audio documentary series was acquired as a historical artifact by the U.S. Library of Congress, and its "Black Voices in Healthcare" series was honored by the Webby Awards. Their storytelling work has been featured on CBS This Morning, NPR’s Snap Judgment, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Numerous healthcare workers have reported that the show helps them feel less isolated, and find their voice.

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 also the 2020 Hellman Artist-in-Residence at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.

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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Events featuring Emily Silverman

Events featuring Emily Silverman