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I'm a surgeon/writer with three published books and two more coming. I enjoy helping writers with manuscript medical questions.


I'm a surgeon-writer, surgical educator (Professor at Tufts U. School of Medicine, Baystate Medical Center), involved with medical students and surgical residents. I'm still doing some surgery, gave up the big stuff. Love researching and writing both fiction and non-fiction books. Two of my NF books are reference books for writers. Attended Springfield College for six years and then University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. Returned to Springfield MA to train in general surgery and became the Clerkship Director and now full Professor of Surgery. Went back to school and graduated from U. Southern Maine, Stonecoast with an MFA in 2006. Big influences on my writing were Dennis Lehane, Jim Kelly, Michael White, Ann Hood, Suzanne Strempeck Shea and many others. Am motivated to write fiction and self-help books. If you have a medical question that pertains to a character in a story, ask and I'll do my best to respond. I am slowly learning how to dispense medical, especially surgical, information on teh web and to connect with others interested in promoting patient safety.

Birth Place: Shawinigan,  Canada

Accomplishments: Multiple (dozen or so) 'Excellence in Teaching' awards from Tufts medical students, Teacher of the Year from Baystate Surgical residents, Lifetime Teaching Award from Tufts, Special Faculty Award, Tufts.


Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries by David W. Page
Body Trauma covers the overall organization of the US trauma system, how doctors evaluate and treat trauma victims, as well as special sections on specific injuries such as impalement, bites of all kinds, hypothermia, scuba diving accidents, and more....

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Code Blue - a writer's guide to hospitals, including the ER, OR, and ICU by David W. Page
This reference book describes all of the major aspects of a modern hospital needed in writing both fiction and non-fiction....

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The Phoenix Prescription by David W. Page
A training surgeon is trapped in a hospital by the Blizzard of 1978 and must decide by himself which trauma victims live and which die....

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When Patients and Doctors Don't Hear Each Other
 by David W. Page
There's a vast difference between a doctor's objective pursuit of a medical history in the service of making a diagnosis and a patient's emotion-soaked telling of a personal illness narrative. do t...

A Little Truth About Ermergency Rooms
 by David W. Page
ERs are crowded for more reasons than just need. And ER visits are costly. They are also sometimes inefficient. Too much technology is being used instead of clinical skills at the bedside....

How do you choose a surgeon?
 by David W. Page
Although we talk about 'high volume' versus 'low volume surgeons as those who presumably are better because they're busier (high case volume), it's notr that easy. You need to ask a few pointed questi...

What if Your Characters Get Sick?
 by David W. Page
Getting illness and injuries 'right' on the page means doing a little research. I'll tell you how and where to start....

Is Hastening Death Ever Right?
 by David W. Page
Badly injured and dying patients suffer in ways we cannot appreciate. Words like futility and dispair are almost impossible to understand at the bedside. But, at some moment in your life you may be ca...


Good news for smart patients
 by David W. Page
At a recent Harvard conference I learned a lot about publishing self-help books for motivated patients...


Body Trauma - a writer's guide to wounds and injuries
A comprehensive review of trauma care systems in the US as well as sections on specific injuries.

The Phoenix Prescription
A medical story about the Blizzard of 1978, a trapped (in the storm) training surgeon, a disturbed Vietnam Vet, and two terribly injuried lovers. Harkeins to the horrible injuries from Iraq and the lousy job our government is doing to help out Vets - especailly with PTSD. This is my first novel, and reflectcs my training, my exposaures, and my practice experience.

DoctorCutWrite Blog
my blog is just about to get up and running as a source of information on how to stay safe during surgery

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This year I am one of three US surgeons to receive a 2010 Outstanding Teacher Award from The Association for Surgical Education.

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