Speaker: Dr. Daniel Kalla. MD., Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Dr. Kalla has published a number of novels in the thriller and historical fiction genres drawing from his experience as an emergency-room physician at St. Paul’s Hospital. His medical mysteries delve into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, addiction, prions, DNA evidence, and patient abuse. His first medical thriller, Pandemic (2005), was inspired by his involvement with potential SARS patients in Vancouver during the 2003 outbreak, while his tenth novel, We All Fall Down (2019), develops the subject he raised in Pandemic, and what might happen if the Black Death was released today in an urban environment. Dr. Kalla’s books have been translated into eleven languages, and his Shanghai trilogy (The Far Side of the Sky, Rising Sun Falling Shadow and Nightfall Over Shanghai) has been optioned for film.