Medical scientist turned creative nonfiction writer.
“Have I betrayed them all by telling the story? Or is it the other way around: would I have betrayed them if I had not told it?” – Amos Oz
“Most medical students are attracted to surgery… They know nothing of the haunting anxieties, the keen disappointments, the baffling perplexities, the dread responsibilities, and the numerous self-reproaches of one who spends his life as an operating surgeon.” -J. C. DaCosta (1863-1933)
“The most valuable lesson that knowledge can teach us is that its creation depends upon a continuous line of human relationships, and traditions that go far back into the past. Its continuity is an unbroken thread. It links cultures and peoples; It brings tolerance and understanding; It delivers hope and compassion.” – Richard Horton, Editor, Lancet-1992.
About the Author
Michael Meguid, MD, PhD, FACS, MFA, is a medical scientist turned creative nonfiction writer. Born in Egypt into a biracial family, he spent his childhood in Egypt, Germany, and the U.K.
Living in Egypt, Michael’s passion was for gliding and flying and he planned to become a pilot. At the age of eleven, he viewed his own gangrenous appendix in a jar on a hospital’s bedside table and marveled at the doctor’s commitment to making him feel well again. It was then that he first decided to become a surgeon.
He eventually made his way to England where he attended University College Hospital Medical School, London. Winning a travel scholarship to Boston, MA, he did a Surgical Residency at the Brigham, Harvard Medical School, specialized in surgical oncology in Los Angeles, CA, and at MIT studied human nutrition to benefit cancer patients. While a professor at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, he also authored over 400 NIH-funded scientific papers. He founded the respected International Journal, Nutrition, and was its Editor for thirty-one years.
Every patient and every physician has a story. To Michael, the intersection of childhood trauma, cultural background, medicine, and human foibles is a potent one–a compelling tale to tell–for in healing others, the physician heals himself.
When he retired, Michael immersed himself in English Literature and the Humanities at Bennington, VT. and earned an MFA. He attended further writing workshops at Colgate University, NY, Queens University of Charlotte, NC. and Goucher’s MFA nonfiction program.
Michael is published in The Bennington Review, Stone Canoe, Columbia Medical Review, twice in Hektoen International, and in the Marco Island Writer’s Anthology. He attended AWP Annual Conference & Book Fair, and Sanibel Island Writers Conference. He is a current member of the Association of Writers and Writing Program, The Society of Authors, PEN International, The Authors Guild, and American Medical Writers Association. He is currently VP of the Marco Island Writer’s group on Marco Island, Florida where he benefits from a different type of discussion—one of sentences and similes, not proteins and probiotics.
He resides with his four-legged muse, Lucy, a Chihuahua, where current projects include a collection of nonfiction short stories and a creative memoir about coming to America.