Gary R Simonds
Neurosurgeon, Writer, Educator, and Speaker
Gary is a highly experienced neurosurgeon, former head of an academic neurosurgery program at Virginia Tech/Carilion Clinic. He is a Professor, and teaches regularly at, the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Gary was a biochemistry major at Dartmouth College. He went on to medical school at Rutgers and Neurosurgery residency and medical research fellowship at Walter Reed. He also holds a master’s degree in Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth.
Gary has written and spoken widely on the subjects of neuroscience, medical school admissions, humanism, medical socioeconomics, medical ethics, burnout, personal wellness, spirituality, death and dying, and the interface between science and religion. Known for his compassion and sense of humor, he also writes fiction and is an accomplished and entertaining storyteller.
Born in New Jersey, Gary has lived in New Jersey; England; Washington D.C.; Denver; Danville, Pennsylvania; and Roanoke, Virginia. He currently lives in the beautiful town of Black Mountain, North Carolina. And yes, that is my house on the homepage.
Burnout and Wellness
Medical School Admissions
Life in Medicine
Facing Personal Illness
Death and Dying
Gratitude and Humor in Life
Facing Mayhem and Tragedy
Science and Religion
Breaking Bad News
Communicating with Patients and their Families
Living For Today
Living Simply and Sustainably
Why Kindness Matters
GET IN TOUCH
Gary is always available for educational collaborations and talks, worldwide. If you want to chat about writing fiction, neuroscience, healthcare, medical ethics, burnout, resilience, wellness, or anything else, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Building Neurosurgery in Neurosurgery Residents
The Thriving Physician
Thriving in Healthcare
Death’s Pale Flag (2023)
One Happy Accident (In revision)
So, You Want to Go to Medical School (Writing)
How to Build a Kick-ass Residency
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