Patricia Cannon has been a Registered Nurse at UCSF since 2001. She has worked in cardiac critical care, neurointensive care, hemeoncology, school nursing, and currently, in research. Her passion is her faith, photography, and the written word in all its forms. “Inspiration” has been published on the Viewless Wings podcast by James Morehead, Beyond Words literary magazine edited by Gal Slonim, and in the “Wholeness” a Wising Up Anthology edited by Heather Tosteson and Charles D. Brockett.


Claire Unis MD MFA is a pediatrician and author of a memoir about drawing on diverse experiences in the process of becoming a doctor, titled Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey through Medical School. She facilitates writing workshops, narrative medicine sessions, and discussions of literature for her medical group in northern California. Her writing has appeared in Intima, East Iowa Review, Awakenings Review, and The Examined Life. Find her at, or on social media, @literaryartinmedicine.

Call The Doctor

Mary E. Cronin, the granddaughter of a nurse, lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where she is an elementary school Literacy Coach. Her poems have been published in The New York Times, Rise Up Review, and Passager. She can be reached at


Elena Bryce MD is an OBGYN in Rockville, Maryland. She is also the mom of two high needs kids, one of whom has a rare genetic disorder.

Birthday Gratitude

Christopher Papp MD is an ophthalmologist. He’s a soccer enthusiast, proud father and founder of The Comprehensive Vision Center in South Lyon, Michigan.