The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER


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Date/Time Tue, Jun 28 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Admission Free

Event description

Join us on Tuesday, June 28, for a virtual event with Dr. Thomas Fisher on his new book The Emergency: A Year of Healing and Heartbreak in a Chicago ER. The event will be moderated by WBEZ reporter Natalie Moore.

Through 20 years of clinical practice, time as a White House fellow, and work as a healthcare entrepreneur, Dr. Fisher has seen firsthand how our country’s healthcare system can reflect the worst of society: treating the poor as expendable in order to provide top-notch care to a few. In The Emergency, Fisher brings us through his shift, as he works with limited time and resources to treat incoming patients, and when he goes home—where he remains haunted by what he sees throughout his day. With the rare dual perspective of somebody who also has his hands deep in policy work, Fisher connects these human stories to the sometimes-cruel machinery of care.

Thomas Fisher is a member of the Chicago Public Media(CPM) Board of Directors. This event is being organized by CPM Development/Advancement team and it is not an editorial event.

Thomas Fisher is a board-certified emergency medicine physician from Chicago. He has worked to improve health care as an academic, health insurance executive, and White House Fellow in the Obama administration. His path includes training as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, being honored as a Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40, and inclusion in the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship. He is an epicure and a runner, and for the past twenty years he has worked in the emergency department at the University of Chicago, serving the same South Side community where he was raised.

Natalie Y. Moore is a WBEZ reporter and an award-winning journalist based in Chicago. Her reporting tackles race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Her acclaimed book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation received the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and was Buzzfeed’s best nonfiction book of 2016. Moore contributed to “Southside,” a collection of stories about the criminal justice system in Chicago in collaboration with The Marshall Project/Amazon Original Stories in 2018. For the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Chicago riots, she co-wrote a 30-minute audio drama with Make Believe Association that aired on WBEZ. 16th Street Theater adapted portions of The South Side in 2019. Haymarket Books will publish “The Billboard.” The play is part of the 2021 Bridge Program of the National New Play Network. She is a 2021 USA Fellow. The Pulitzer Center named her a 2020Richard C. Longworth Media Fellow for international reporting.