Danielle Ofri

Danielle Ofri

Fellow: Awarded 2023
Field of Study: General Nonfiction

Competition: US & Canada

Danielle Ofri is a writer, editor, and primary-care doctor who has spent her career at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the U.S. She is intrigued by the singularly intimate relationship that patients forge with their doctors and nurses.

Her writing explores the deeply human aspects of medicine as experienced from both ends of the stethoscope. Ofri is the author of six books: • When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical ErrorWhat Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine.Medicine in TranslationWhat Patients Say; What Doctors Hear • Incidental Findings • Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue Ofri is editor-in-chief and a founder of Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary magazine to mine the intersection of healthcare and the arts.

Her writings appear in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Best American Essays, and Best American Science Writing. She’s received the McGovern Award (American Medical Writers Association) for “preeminent contributions to medical communication,” the National Humanism in Medicine Medal from the Gold Foundation, and an honorary doctorate of letters. Ofri has a PhD in pharmacology and is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at NYU.

Photo Credit: Elana Goodridge

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