5 Questions for Columbia Neurologist and Debut Novelist Melodie Winawer

May 10, 2017

Neurologist and neuroscientist Melodie Winawer, MD, associate professor of neurology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), has always written, ever since she was a young child. Essays, poetry, short stories, and, at age 15, the beginnings of a novel. When asked in 10th grade to give a one-word description of herself, she said “storyteller.”

Dr. Winawer became a physician, researcher, and an educator instead of pursuing an early career as a fiction writer. At CUMC, she sees patients; searches for epilepsy genes using mouse models, computational genomics, and human studies; and designs neuroscience courses for medical students. [read more]