KUMC Alumni Authors

Our alumni are accomplished not only in the health care field, but also in the literary world. KUMC graduates have written a variety of books that span a multitude of genres. View a sampling of their works below.

Books available for check out in the A. R Dykes Library or Clendening History of Medicine Library on the KUMC Campus are noted.

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The Cutting Edge of Compassion

Barry Rose, MD'79, chief of orthopedic surgery and division surgical head for Alameda division of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, announced his new book, The Cutting Edge of Compassion.  Dr. Rose presents a compassionate vision for healthcare where health professionals and patients work together to heal. He reflects on how physicians and patients can create the best healing outcomes by appreciating personality differences, addressing fear, being open to Eastern and Western medical philosophies, and working together to address insurance, legal, and pharmaceutical obstacles to optimal care. 

Available online at: Amazon.com

Dogged Persistence

Marc Asher, MD'62, authored Dogged Persistence: Harrington, Post-polio Scoliosis and the Origin of Spine Instrumentation that examines the life and work of Paul Harrington, MD'38. Harrington Spine Instrumentation forever changed spine surgery by providing the surgeon, for the first time, some measure of direct control over spine stability and position. He attributed his creative success to a life-long process, which this story is committed to documenting and understanding.

Available online at: KU Bookstore
Available for check out at: A.R. Dykes Library and Clendening History of Medicine Library

High Hand

Curtis C. Harris, MD'69, co-wrote High Hand with James Ellenberger, and James Rosen under the pseudonym Curtis J. James. This elaborate spy-thriller transports the reader all over the world as we follow reporter Frank Adams trying to discover why he and his former poker buddies are being targeted for assassination. Unexpected twists and turns, as well as espionage, intrigue and politics make for a fast-paced, suspenseful read. 

Available online at: Amazon.com 

Finding Hope at Hopkins

David Huffman, MD'67, has written four novels and the most recent is called Finding Hope at Hopkins. This fictional story is based on Dr. Huffman's experiences. The story begins in 1967 with James Jamison, MD, as a young doctor from Western Kansas about to begin his career at Johns Hopkins Hospital. We follow Dr. Jamison as he faces struggles not only inside the hospital, but also outside, as racial tension builds in late sixties Baltimore.

Available online at: Amazon.com

mind bubbles

Heather Krantz, MD'89, R'93, published a children's book teaching mindfulness of the breath. Mind Bubbles:  Exploring mindfulness with kids presents an easy way for young children to engage with their breath while noting thoughts and feelings passing and popping like bubbles. The book is a clear, concise, and secular explanation of mindfulness that children ages 4-8 will understand and want to try for themselves. It may be read to or by young children and includes a guided mindful breathing script for continued practice.

Available online at: Amazon.com

I have a Doll Just Like You

Julie Larson, MD, R'16, has a passion for working with children with disabilities. She recently wrote a book titled I Have A Doll Just Like You that helps explain amputation and limb deficiency to children. In addition to the fictional story, it contains a "letter to parents/teachers" about how to react in situations when children point, stare and/or ask about someone who looks different than they do. Proceeds from Dr. Larson's book will be donated to send children with limb differences to amputee camps.

Available online at: Amazon.com


Last modified: Apr 26, 2017