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


Books

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

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

Novel-in-Progress
Vanport: The City with Everything but a Future   MORE INFO