About Me

As a writer of historical fiction, my passion lies in exploring the interplay between people’s lives and the worlds they inhabit. As a doctor, I’m fascinated by the infirmities of mind and body and take a special interest in mental health, addiction, sexuality, and reproductive health. As a Portland native, I love to excavate local history for neglected stories and characters. Being married to labor historian Norm Diamond, I find the details of people’s work-lives somehow sifting into my narratives.

Photo by Brooke Kullberg

Photo by Brooke Kullberg

For twenty years I was the Medical Director for Multnomah County Health Department. I practiced in a clinic that served the disenfranchised of all sorts: the homeless, undocumented, disabled and unemployed. I was personal physician to a host of amazing people.

Through Write Around Portland I facilitate writing workshops at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for women. From time to time, I operate the board at KBOO FM community radio.

 Interview with Patricia Street Roots News


Historical Fiction
Girl in the River, Bygone Era Books 2015  MORE INFO

On the Ragged Edge of Medicine, Oregon University Press, Available March 2017  MORE INFO

Vanport: The City with Everything but a Future   MORE INFO