Kate Scannell is a physician who lives, writes, and gardens in Northern California. She has published extensively in professional and lay media. Between 2000 and 2014, she also wrote a medical opinion column for several Bay Area newspapers, including The Oakland Tribune and The Contra Costa Times. Her columns explored the ethical and sociopolitical dimensions of American health care.

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 physician while caring for people with AIDS, most of whom would die, during the early epidemic years (1985-1990). The book was later issued in electronic format (2010) and brought back-into-print in 2012.

More recently, in 2010 she published the novel Flood Stage, a collection of inter-connected short stories about a diverse rural community threatened by a devastating flood. The unique personal histories of individual residents are acted out on center stage when torrential rains threaten to destroy the close-knit town.

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 is currently working on a series of medical mysteries.