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 tenure 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, 1999). Her memoir recounts her coming-of-age as a physician while caring for people with AIDS during the early epidemic years (1985-1990). It was re-issued in electronic format in 2010 (Amazon Kindle) and reprinted in paperback in 2012.

More recently, in 2010 she published the novel Flood Stage, a collection of inter-related stories involving townspeople caught up in a devastating flood. Torrential rains pour into Thalburg Canyon, California. When they overfill the Baptista River, a flood threatens the community, and the interconnected stories of the canyon residents are acted out on center stage. A paralyzed woman, exhausted by her life, plans an opportune death in the flood. A young boy is transformed after his mother salvages his amputated finger from the riverbank. Couples drift together and apart over old affairs and insurance coverage mistakes. A man burdened by a toxic secret struggles for atonement as the flood encroaches upon his final opportunity for redemption. These and other stories portray a series of unique personal histories caught up in a universal human drama.

In 2011, Kate had the honor of publishing her father's memoir, A Soldier's Story -- World War II and the Battle at Sussenheim, France. The book derives from John "Jack" Scannell's audiotapes in which he recounts his experiences as a World War II combat soldier in France and Germany.

Kate was a quadruple-board certified 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.