The Atheist
and the Parrotfish
A Novel

A doctor’s religious doubt is shaken by a transplant patient’s eerie knowledge of his organ donor’s most intimate secret.

Nephrologist Cullen Brodie’s disbelief in the afterlife is tested when a cross-dressing transplant patient exhibits behaviors and traits of his female organ donor—details about whom the patient inexplicably knows. The patient’s eerie knowledge of his donor’s greatest secret forces Cullen to consider the unimaginable: transmigration of a human soul. READ MORE


Quasimodo and Physician Burnout

The publicity campaign for the release of The Atheist and the Parrotfish will kick off in a few short weeks, but before it does, I wanted to call your attention to an article I wrote some years ago about physician burnout for the widely viewed blog Kevin MD, with my...

From Kiss to Chaos: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

(Note: I may from time to time write about other contemporary novels that leave a lasting impression on me. Here’s one of them.) Most of us can look back and identify a handful of crucial moments that determined the trajectory of our lives, clear in meaning in...

Trade Review: IndieReader

This trade review from IndieReader is the latest to be published for The Atheist and the Parrotfish. Only two more months to...

From the Publisher

“Medicine and religion intersect in a literary novel sure to fascinate, and quite possibly, to entice you to examine your own beliefs.”


By day I’m a nephrologist, treating dialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients. By night I write fiction. I believe the two finest callings in life are doctor and writer, one ministering to the human condition, the other illuminating it, each capable of transforming it.

I earned BA and MD degrees at the University of Minnesota and did my postgraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta and the University of California in San Diego. I live now in Orange County, CA.

I am a champion of the healing power of literature and sometimes prescribe novels or short stories to patients to help them cope with illness. Fiction explores meaning in a way science cannot. Sometimes only fiction tells the truth. READ MORE