Arlene S. Chung, MD (twitter @arlenesujin) is the Program Director for the Maimonides Medical Center Emergency Medicine residency program in Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys listening to great stories (and writing terrible ones) and spends her free time reading any type of fiction that she can get her hands on.


Mert Erogul, MD is an emergency physician at Maimonides Medical Center who is convinced of the value of stories to shape how we encounter our work and other aspects of professional development. He writes and has published in the Threepenny Review, the New York Times and other venues.  He also teaches a course about humanities and medicine to medical students at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.


 Josh Schiller, MD is a core faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center.  He is a big believer in the power of stories, and encourages residents (as well as anyone else who listens) to read as many books as possible outside the profession to gain perspective and context to the work that we do.

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Ashely Alker, MD, MSc is an Emergency Medicine physician and a nationally published speaker and writer, with a focus on patient education and healthcare policy. She has a great interest in the stories behind the medicine. Dr. Alker has been a featured writer on TEDMED, KevinMD, Doximity, Feminem, and written a children’s book on understanding death. She is also a medical consultant for major motion pictures and network television including Netflix, Hulu, FOX, Disney, USA and more.

Nachi Gupta, MD, PhD is a community emergency physician living in New York City. He is the creator and producer of two emergency medicine educational podcasts. Nachi believes in the power of story to process and understand experience. He thinks the world would enjoy hearing more physician stories.