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Dr. Sheri Fink

Pulitzer Prize-winning medical journalist and author of Five Days at Memorial, M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford

  • About Sheri Fink

    In the tradition of the best investigative journalism and the finest writing on medicine, physician and Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Sheri Fink (M.D. and Ph.D., Stanford) brings expert knowledge and intimate understanding to her work. Most recently, she is the author of The New York Times bestseller and critically acclaimed Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, which masterfully reconstructs the events at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. After Katrina struck, patients at Memorial were first left vulnerable to an ad hoc evacuation plan, and then to a cascade of decisions made by exhausted doctors and nurses. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they had deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths.

    Five Days at Memorial was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, one of the ten best nonfiction books of 2013 by Time magazine, one of the best books of 2013 by The Seattle Times, and the #1 nonfiction book of 2013 by Entertainment Weekly. The book is the culmination of six years of reporting, unspooling the mystery of what happened in those desperate, chaotic days, while exposing the hidden dilemmas of end-of-life care and the impact of large-scale disasters.

    Sheri Fink has reported on health, medicine, and science in the U.S. and from every continent except Antarctica. She won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting as well as the 2010 National Magazine Award in reporting. Her news stories about Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Isaac in The New York TimesProPublica, and The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) were awarded the 2013 Mike Berger Award from Columbia Journalism School and the beat reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists. In 2015, Fink took home her second Pulitzer Prize, this time for International Reporting, as part of The New York Times staff for their coverage of the West African Ebola crisis. Her first book, War Hospital, is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has taught at several universities, and previously worked with humanitarian aid organizations in more than a half dozen emergencies in the United States and overseas.

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    Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    In this talk, Dr. Fink recounts the events at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after hurricane Katrina in August 2005. Drawing audiences into the lives of the doctors and nurses who struggled to save lives amid chaos, she raises the central question of the nation’s preparedness for rare but foreseeable events. Her research and remarks on the tragedies that occurred at Memorial, and the ensuing investigation, raise ethical and legal questions, and throw into sharp relief some of the current issues around health care reform, justice, and liability.

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  • Praise for Sheri Fink


    The 25th Women and Health Lecture at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska was made extraordinary by the presentation of Dr. Sheri Fink who not only offered engrossing content but willingly answered questions and interacted with each person who stood in line to get a signed copy of Five Days at Memorial.

    Creighton University

    Dr. Fink’s presentation was eye-opening for those in attendance on the experiences endured and the difficult choices hospital officials had to make during their respective hurricanes. Dr. Fink is an engaging and insightful presenter on topics not for the faint-of-heart. Her engagement, all at her own choosing, with conference attendees was delightful. It was a true pleasure to host Dr. Fink at our conference and we wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Fink as a presenter.

    Maryland Emergency Management Association
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