Seema Yasmin

Dr. Seema Yasmin

Director

Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, poet and author. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2017 for breaking news reporting. Seema trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and worked as a hospital doctor in England before moving to the U.S. to serve as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service. As a disease detective, she hunted pathogens across American Indian reservations, border towns and prisons. Then she pursued her love for writing and studied journalism at the University of Toronto, worked as a newspaper and broadcast journalist, and was selected as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford from 2017-2018, where she investigated the spread of false health news during epidemics.

Dr. Yasmin writes across genres and has won poetry contests and narrative non-fiction awards. Her first book, The Impatient Dr. Lange, is a biography of her mentor, an HIV physician, who was killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. She is the author of Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration and Adventure, and the forthcoming Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them, and If God Is a Virus: The Ebola Poems

Her writing appears in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Scientific American, Marie Claire, and other outlets. She is a medical analyst for CNN, a science correspondent for Conde Nast Entertainment, and a contributing editor for SELF Magazine. Dr. Yasmin teaches science journalism, global health storytelling, and advanced clinical communication skills.