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Writers LIVE! Thomas Fisher, The Emergency

This FREE event will be presented in-person and virtually, registration required for in-person event. Registration closes May 24 at 5pm. Please register for the event here.

Thomas Fisher will be in conversation with Joshua M. Sharfstein about his life and work, culminating in the release of his book The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER.

Thomas Fisher is a board-certified emergency medicine physician from Chicago. He has worked to improve health care as an academic, health insurance executive, and White House Fellow in the Obama administration. His path includes training as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, being honored as a Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40, and inclusion in the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship. He is an epicure and a runner, and for the past twenty years he has worked in the emergency department at the University of Chicago, serving the same South Side community where he was raised.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein is Professor of the Practice in Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also serves as Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement and as Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. A pediatrician by training, he is a former health commissioner of Baltimore, Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. FDA, and health secretary of Maryland. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration. One of the focus areas of Dr. Sharfstein's work is crisis and emergency management. He teaches a class entitled "Crisis and Response in Public Health Policy and Practice" and is the author of The Public Health Crisis Survival Guide: Leadership and Management in Trying Times.

Order your copy of The Emergency from Charm City Books.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund

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The conversation will also be broadcast on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page and YouTube page. It can be watched after the broadcast on the library's Facebook Live. Click here for the Live video library.

Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00pm

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Writers LIVE!, Writing @ the Pratt, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Adults, Seniors

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Writers LIVE at the Library

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Adult Events Approver- for Adults

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