Claire Unis, MD MFA

author, pediatrician, narrative medicine champion


Pediatrics | Physician

Claire Unis MD MFA is a board-certified practicing pediatrician who brings her love of writing, as well as her understanding of every individual’s need for personal expression, to her work as a communication coach and teacher of fellow clinicians in her medical group. Her creative nonfiction has been published in a number of journals including Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine, Awakenings Review, and East Iowa Review. Her memoir about drawing on diverse experiences in the process of becoming a doctor is titled “Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey through Medical School.” Publication date April 2022.

Currently Claire facilitates writing workshops and discussions of literature through her moniker, LifeLines: Literary Art in Medicine. Passionate as she is about written and spoken word, she enjoys sharing literary enrichment as a means to combat burnout. She has recently started offering Narrative Medicine sessions to clinicians, and she hopes to incorporate these techniques into working with people in all aspects of the healthcare milieu.

For more information and examples of her writing, please see www.claireunis.net.

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As an author, pediatrician, speaker, & narrative medicine facilitator, I believe in the power of creativity to connect us and help us heal.
Claire Unis, MD
Claire Unis, MD MFA

As an author, pediatrician, speaker, & narrative medicine facilitator, I believe in the power of creativity to connect us and help us heal.

Claire Unis MD MFA

Melding the Creative Arts with Medicine

Claire Unis MD MFA teaches why narrative medicine offers a powerful tool to reacquaint clinicians with meaningful medical practice by honing our ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and be moved by stories.

Book: Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey Through Medical School: Claire Unis, MD

Book: Balance, Pedal, Breathe: A Journey Through Medical School

By beautifully juxtaposing the often-tempestuous landscape of becoming a doctor with the author’s wide-ranging adventures in nature, this smartly written memoir explores the heart and sinew of medicine, discovering places where knowledge and meaning diverge—and, unexpectedly, intertwine.


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