David Watts, a practicing physician and author of two books of stories, The Orange Wire Problem and Bedside Manners, is the Linda and Charles Wilson Humanities in Medicine Speaker for the Humanities in Medicine Program.
David Watts' second book of stories, The Orange Wire Problem, along with his first book Bedside Manners, embodies explorations into the complexities, dangers, ethics and mysteries of healing. He has published five books of poetry, one under his avant-guard pseudonym, Harvey Ellis, and a CD of "word-jazz."
He is an NPR commentator on All Things Considered, a producer of the PBS program "Healing Words: Poetry and Medicine," a gastroenterologist at UCSF, and a classically trained musician. He has been an on-camera television host for PBS, Lifetime Network and KTVU News, and a medical columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He was elected to Best Doctors in America, an honor bestowed on the top five percent of practicing physicians. He is a lecturer throughout the USA in medical and nursing schools on the subject of the Art or Medicine and how to keep these qualities alive in a complex and hurried world.