Episode 1

conversations with shem

Aired LIVE on November 8 at 6 PM EST, exclusively on SoMeDocs platforms.

about this series

conversations with shem

Conversations are taking place, with medical literature icon Samuel Shem of “The House of God” fame at their helm, as we search for answers on how to put the human back into healthcare.

it started with a chance encounter


Shem and I linked up in late 2020, in the midst of a pandemic. We were connected through a mutual contact, in that magical way social media has for bringing people together who would not have otherwise met. We instantaneously clicked, unified by the healthcare field we had dabbled in and our love of the arts. Yada, yada, yada, several vent sessions later, we had ourselves a plan. We would join forces on the project, and use each of our talents to spread the word.

That’s how Conversations with Shem was born.

Dana Corriel, MD

Conversations with Shem: Putting the HUMAN Back into Medicine
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Meet the Talent

production Team

A lot of magic – time, energy, effort – goes on behind the scenes in order to create a project of this nature. Here are the humans behind this project. Contact SoMeDocs anytime to infuse magic into your own work.

series host
Samuel Shem, MD

Shem (our host’s title of preference) is a novelist, playwright and activist. Education: Harvard, Phi Beta Kappa; Rhodes Scholar at Oxford Ph.D.; Harvard MedicalSchool, M.D. with honors. He is Professor of Medicine in Medical Humanities at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. In 2020 he published his new novel, Man’s 4th Best Hospital, sequel to The House of God, which has sold 3 million copies.

Read more about him in his profile.

Books: The House of God, Man’s 4th Best Hospital

producer & creator
Dana Corriel, MD

Dr. Dana Corriel is a board-certified internist who took drastic, and unusual, pivot from seeing patients in the office to building creative entrepreneurial ventures. She founded SoMeDocs in an effort to promote the autonomy of doctors, by empowering and showcasing them using her skills as fuel, and tools that she regularly builds to accomplish this. Dr. Corriel now regularly consults with both individuals and companies, produces series, and helps to build, shape, and market thought leaders. You can check her our inside her profile.

"Good connection is mutual connection" - Shem


The Guests

Each episode brings together an eclectic group of accomplished physicians. We simply bring them on, tell them the topic, and let personalities get to work. Our goal: an open-ended discussion on how to put the HUMAN back into healthcare.

Dr. Kimmery Martin


Dr. Kimmery Martin is an ER doctor-turned novelist whose works of medical fiction have been praised by The Harvard Crimson, Southern Living, and The New York Times, among others. A lifelong literary nerd, she speaks frequently at bookstores, conferences, and medical schools around the United States. Kimmery completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She lives with her husband and three children in Charlotte, North Carolina. For the last two years, she’s been working on a novel about a group of female doctors on the frontlines during an emerging viral pandemic; it will be released from Penguin Random House in Fall 2021. Her latest novel, The Antidote for Everything, is available now.

Books: The Queen of HeartsThe Antidote for Everything.

Conversations with Shem: Episode One Kimmery Martin
Conversations with Shem: Episode One Jason Campbell

Dr. Jason Campbell


Dr. Jason Campbell is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and a former Division III All-American track and field athlete at Emory University. He currently is an anesthesiology resident in Portland, Oregon. Known as the “Tik Tok Doc” he uses his platform to connect with young people and lift up underrepresented members of the medical community. Dr. Campbell speaks on topics from overcoming adversity, Black men in medicine, mental health and more. In addition to his regular Blog articles, he is a guest editorial writer with publications in the Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Times, The Oregonian and on http://Cleveland.com.

Dr. Niran Al-Agba


Dr. Niran Al-Agba has been a pediatrician in private practice in her hometown for 19 years. She writes an op-ed column about politics and medicine for the Kitsap Sun newspaper. She is a board member of Practicing Physicians of America and has four elementary aged children.

Book: Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Healthcare

Conversations with Shem: Episode One Niran Al-Agba
Dr. Jonathan Vitale

Dr. Jonathan Vitale



Dr. Jonthan Vitale is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer at HappyHealth.

Jonathan is a Family Physician, wherein he treats a diverse patient-body on a daily basis. When Vitale isn’t promoting wellness or treating illness, he is also very active on Twitter as a vocal member of the Patient Advocacy and Primary Care Revolution communities.

special considerations

Thank you

Dr. Amaryllis Sánchez Wohlever is the author of Recapturing Joy in Medicine, a life & leadership coach specialized in physician wellness, “burnout” prevention, & life-work integration, and a passionate advocate for the patient-physician relationship. You may reach her at www.faithfulMD.com.
Dr. Vandna Jerath is the Medical Director of Physician Wellness at Parker Adventist Hospital I empower physicians by helping them connect, communicate, collaborate, build community, and foster a culture of wellness.
Dr. Alar Sambandam is a locum tenens cardiologist who recently advocated for physicians at the 2020 American College of Cardiology Legislative Conference.
Dr. Irina Mihaescu is an adult psychiatrist in clinical practice with the Canadian Armed Forces specializing in trauma, physician health and well being and positive psychology.
Jordyn Feingold, MAPP is a physician well-being expert and fourth year medical student who teaches around the world on the topic of Positive Medicine – the applied science of positive psychology for health care practitioners and patients. You can find her on Facebook here.

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