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.

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

Through Write Around Portland I facilitate writing workshops at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for women. I am active with the Health Climate Action Team of Physicians for Social Responsibility. Every Monday morning I amuse myself operating the board at KBOO FM community radio for the political talk shows.

 Interview with Patricia Street Roots News


Books

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

Non-Fiction
On the Ragged Edge of Medicine, Oregon University Press, 2017  MORE INFO

Novel-in-Progress
The Town with Everything but a Future   MORE INFO