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Kate Scannell is a physician who lives, writes, and gardens in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has published extensively in professional and lay media. Between 2000 and 2014, she wrote a medical opinion column for several Bay Area newspapers and their digital outlets, including The Oakland Tribune, The Mercury News, and The East Bay Times. Her columns explored the ethical and sociopolitical dimensions of American health care. After taking a break for a few years to pursue a restorative "philosopause," she returned to column writing in 2018.

In September 2018, she published Immortal Wounds: A Doctor Nora Kelly Mystery. This first in series involves a doctor who is struggling to recover from a devastating family trauma. She is drawn back into her life and work during a perilous quest to solve the mystery of multiple deaths among the staff at Oakland City Hospital.

Informed by her experiences as the medical director for one of the country's first hospital AIDS wards, she wrote Death of the Good Doctor: Lessons from the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic (Cleis Press, 1999). Her memoir recounts her coming-of-age as a woman physician while caring for people with AIDS, most of whom would die, during the early epidemic years (1985-1990). After going out of print, the book was later issued in electronic format (2010) and brought back-into-print (2012).

In 2010, Kate published Flood Stage—A Novel, a collection of twenty interconnected short stories about a diverse rural community in Northern California that is threatened when torrential rains overfill the local river. When flood stage is reached and flooding ensues, the unique personal histories of its individual residents are acted out on center stage.

Kate has been quadruple-board certified as a physician in: Internal Medicine; Rheumatology; Hospice and Palliative Care; and Geriatrics. She edited several newsletters including Ethics Rounds; Just-a-Minute Ethics; and, Remembering Dementia. She loved medicine and patient care, and she intends to remain close to both in her future writing.