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Bellevue Literary Press is devoted to publishing literary fiction and nonfiction at the intersection of the arts and sciences because we believe that science and the humanities are natural companions for understanding the human experience. With each book we publish, our goal is to foster a rich, interdisciplinary dialogue that will forge new tools for thinking and engaging with the world.
Martin J. Blaser, MD, is the Muriel and George Singer Professor of Medicine, Professor of Microbiology, and Director of the Human Microbiome Program at the NYU School of Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Medicine at NYU from 2000-2012. A physician and microbiologist, Dr. Blaser is interested in understanding the relationships we have with our persistently colonizing bacteria. His work over the past 30 years focused on human pathogens, including Campylobacter species and Helicobacter pylori, which also are model systems for understanding interactions of residential bacteria with their human hosts. Over the last decade, he has been actively studying the relationship of the human microbiome with health and with such important diseases as asthma, obesity, diabetes, and allergies.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Blaser has served as the advisor for a large number of students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty, and he has been actively involved in national scientific and professional organizations. He served as President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Cancer Institute, Chair of the Advisory Board for Clinical Research of the National Institutes of Health, and serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy for Arts and Sciences. He holds 25 U.S. patents relating to his research, and has authored over 530 original articles. Most recently, he wrote Missing Microbes, a book targeted to general audiences.
Lawrence H. Budish recently retired as a partner in Proskauer Rose LLP, a major international law firm headquartered in New York City. Larry specialized in private equity and mergers and acquisitions, with a concentration in transactions in the media and business information industries. In addition to his legal experience, Larry has extensive experience with financial matters and fundraising for not-for-profit entities as a board member, past president, and longtime fundraising chairman for his synagogue.
Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, is the Drs. William F and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor and founding head of the Division of Bioethics at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City. He is also the co-founder and Dean of Research of the NYU Sports and Society Program and the head of the ethics program in the Global Institute for Public Health at NYU.
Prior to coming to NYU he was the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia where he created the Center for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Ethics. Caplan has also taught at the University of Minnesota, where he founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, the University of Pittsburgh, and Columbia University. He received his PhD from Columbia University.
Caplan is the author or editor of thirty-two books and over 600 papers in peer reviewed journals. His most recent books are Contemporary Debates in Bioethics and Ethics in Mental Healthcare: A Reader.
Thomas Campbell Jackson is a private investor and a producer of works in film, theater, and print. He is a venture partner at Easton Capital Investment Group and has over two decades of experience in health affairs, including serving as director of the City of New York’s Health Benefits Program, which provides coverage for over one million city employees, retirees, and dependents. He has advised municipalities, companies, and nonprofits on many aspects of health and insurance policy. Mr. Jackson sits on the boards of Cell Machines, Imaginal Disc, and other tech startups.
Mr. Jackson also serves on the Board of Overseers of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the boards of the Columbia Alumni Association, the Galen Institute, Imagine Science Films, and NautilusThink. He has previously served on the boards of the New York Academy of Sciences, the Metanexus Institute, Music for Life International, and other arts and sciences organizations.
Antonio J. Dajer, MD, was born in New York City and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Harvard University and NYU Medical School before completing a residency in family medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 1991, he has been an attending physician in the Emergency Department at NY Downtown Hospital, now NewYork-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital. He was associate director from 1999 to 2005 and has been chairman/site directory of emergency medicine since 2005. Dr. Dajer has also been a regular contributor to Discover magazine’s “Vital Signs” column since 1993.
Dr. Dajer has lectured extensively on the NY Downtown Hospital response to 9/11. As the sole attending physician on duty that morning, he was uniquely positioned to take part in the largest single-hospital disaster response in American history. In 2008, the American College of Emergency Physicians named Dr. Dajer a “Hero of Emergency Medicine” for his role on 9/11.
Gloria Jacobs is a consultant on arts, literature, and the women’s movement. From 2006 to 2013, she was Executive Director of the Feminist Press at CUNY and from 1996 to 2002 she was the Executive Editor of Ms. magazine. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily News, The Guardian (UK), Working Mother, New York Woman, and Mother Jones, among others. She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Women’s Development Fund where she produced the groundbreaking report, Women, War, Peace, which sought to tell the story of the impact of war on women through personal narrative. She is a board member of Girls Write Now, the writing and mentoring program for teen girls, as well as on Bellevue’s advisory board and is a past board member and chair of Women’s eNews.
Jerome Lowenstein, MD, President and Founding Publisher, is the Nonfiction Editor for Bellevue Literary Review. He has been Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine since 1977 and a practicing physician for over four decades. In 1979 he initiated the Program for Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education at New York University School of Medicine, which has become the model for many other similar programs at medical schools across the country. He is the author of Zichronot/Memories, Henderson’s Equation, The Midnight Meal and Other Essays about Doctors, Patients, and Medicine, and Acid and Basics: A Guide to Understanding Acid-Base Physiology.
Marion Nestle, PhD, is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, which she chaired from 1988–2003. She is also Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell.
From 1986–88, she was senior nutrition policy advisor in the Department of Health and Human Services and editor of the 1988 Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health. Her research examines scientific and socioeconomic influences on food choice, obesity, and food safety, emphasizing the role of food marketing. She is also the author of eight books, including Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and, most recently, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning). She blogs at www.foodpolitics.com and tweets @marionnestle.
Bruce Nichols is a Senior Vice President and Publisher at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he has overseen the general-interest publishing program since joining the company in 2009. He has over thirty years of experience in trade publishing, having worked at Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins before joining HMH. He has edited a number of bestselling and prize-winning authors, including Cynthia Ozick, Francis Collins, James Risen, and fellow board member David Oshinsky, among many others.
He received a B.A. from Yale University in music, but quickly abandoned a music career for the world of books. He lives in Westchester County with his wife, Sarah Cutler, V.M.D., and their three children.
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, writes regularly for the New York Times about medicine and the doctor-patient relationship. Her most recent book is What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear.
Ofri is a practicing internist at Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine. She is a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Bellevue Literary Review, the first literary journal to arise from a medical center.
Ofri speaks nationally and internationally about doctor-patient communication, medical error, medical humanities, and medicine in the 21st century. Her four other books about life in medicine are What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine, Medicine in Translation, Incidental Findings, and Singular Intimacies: Becoming a Doctor at Bellevue.
David Oshinsky, PhD, is the director of the Division of Medical Humanities at NYU School of Medicine and a professor in the NYU Department of History. Previously, Dr. Oshinsky was at the University of Texas at Austin, where he received the university’s Raymond Dickson Centennial Teaching Award. He graduated from Cornell University and obtained his PhD from Brandeis University.
An accomplished writer and American historian, his books include A Conspiracy So Immense: The World of Joe McCarthy, which won the Hardeman Prize for the best book about the U.S. Congress, and Worse Than Slavery, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for distinguished contribution to human rights. His latest book, Polio: An American Story, won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the Hoover Presidential Book Award. In 2009, PBS aired a documentary based upon this work, “The Polio Crusade,” and he received the Dean’s Medal from the Bloomberg-Johns Hopkins School of Public Health for his distinguished contributions to the field. His articles and reviews appear regularly in the New York Times and other national publications.
Daniel Ray, as Vice President of Management Science Associates (a multinational market research company), worked for nearly three decades with major corporations including American Express, HBO and Kraft General Foods. His focus was on advertising, pricing and new product development where he created analytical methodologies to solve challenging marketing issues. As a respected member of his field, he was an invited speaker at national industry conferences and seminars on issues relating to the analysis of market research data.
After passing the Baccalaureat in France, Daniel moved to England. (His first job was at Foyles, then the largest bookstore in the world.) Once he became fluent in English he was accepted with full scholarship at the University of Wales where he received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Ironically, before moving to the United States, this French son of Jewish refugees was awarded the Coventry Cathedral Fellowship, spending a year in Berlin as an exchange engineer in the name of reconciliation between England and Germany.
In 2004, Daniel co-founded The Raytones—a jazz, blues, early rock ’n’ roll band—where he is the pianist.
Oliver Sacks: Professor of Neurology, NYU School of Medicine (member in memoriam)
Benjamin Sadock, MD, is the Menas S. Gregory Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine in New York City. He is both author and editor of over 50 textbooks in psychiatry including Kaplan and Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, now in its 10th edition and celebrating its 50th anniversary since publication. His books, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, have been translated into 13 languages and are the most widely used textbooks in psychiatry in this country and around the world. Dr. Sadock has had a long-standing interest in the mental health of physicians and medical students, founding the Medical Student Mental Health Service at NYU in 1980. He was appointed a faculty scholar at the medical school in 2000, where he teaches clinical psychiatry to medical students and psychiatric residents and is a mentor to faculty. He is a member of the World Psychiatric Association Section on Suicidology and is a frequent lecturer on that and other topics in clinical psychiatry in this country and abroad.
Jan T. Vilcek, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Microbiology at NYU Langone Medical Center, earned his medical degrees in Bratislava, Slovakia (then Czechoslovakia). He is among the earliest researchers of interferon, and of another regulatory protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). Dr. Vilcek’s work was instrumental in the development of the anti-inflammatory drug infliximab (Remicade®), the first member of a new class of therapeutics widely used for the treatment of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and other chronic inflammatory disorders. Dr. Vilcek has published more than 350 papers in scholarly journals and he is co-inventor of 38 US patents. In 2000 Dr. Vilcek and his wife established The Vilcek Foundation, whose main mission is to honor outstanding contributions of immigrants to the sciences and arts in the United States. He received NYU’s Albert Gallatin Medal, is an honorary alumnus of NYU School of Medicine and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the J. E. Purkynie Honorary Medal from the Czech Academy of Sciences, and the Outstanding American by Choice Award from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. He is an honorary member of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic, recipient of the Gold Medal of Charles University in Prague, and recipient of honorary degrees from the Comenius University in Bratislava, the CUNY Graduate Center, and NYU. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama. His memoir Love and Science was published by Seven Stories Press (2016).
Mieko Willoughby is President and CEO of Headlands Asset Management LLC, a private equity investment firm located in San Rafael, California with executive headquarters in Manhattan. Prior to co-founding Headlands, Ms. Willoughby was Senior Managing Director, Bear, Stearns & Co., Fixed Income Sales & Trading, 1992-2008. Ms. Willoughby is one of the original members of the Bellevue Literary Press Advisory Board.
Loli Wu is a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and runs the firm’s Transportation and Infrastructure group. Loli has worked on Wall Street since 1997, when he joined Solomon Brothers. He started his career as a journalist, covering international trade news for The Journal of Commerce, a daily business newspaper. Loli is very interested in education and was very much influenced by reading, at his father’s urging, C.P. Snow’s essay The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. Its core message is very much in keeping with the Bellevue Literary Press’s mission: “Books at the intersection of the arts and sciences.”
Loli received a BA in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Vivian Kuan, an architect, and their two children, Nicholas and Ava Skye.