About Us 2017-11-30T03:06:29+00:00

Who We Are

Doctors Book Club all began over a lunch of shrimp PoBoys in New Orleans, Louisiana with  ophthalmologists Steve Christiansen and Daya Sharma. Envious of his wife’s participation in a  community book club, Steve mentioned his interest in having a Twitter-based book club for other ophthalmologists. Daya, a passionate reader, world traveler, and Australia-based ophthalmologist loved the idea of reading books about medicine and suggested expanding the audience beyond just eye surgeons but to physicians everywhere.

Within seconds Daya sent a tweet to Ash querying her interest in starting an online book club for doctors, and, as they say, the rest is history.

Steven M. Christiansen
Steven M. ChristiansenFounder
Steve Christiansen is an ophthalmology resident at the University of Iowa. He blogs about eyeballs and ophthalmology at EyeSteve.com. Find him on Twitter@eyesteve.
Daya Sharma
Daya SharmaFounder
Daya Sharma is a cataract, refractive and corneal surgeon in Sydney, Australia. Find him on twitter @drdayasharma
Erika Christiansen
Erika ChristiansenGraphic Designer
Erika Christiansen is a freelance graphic designer and the owner of ITSSO Design. From doctors and their practices to outdoor clothing and soup packaging, she is wrapped up in designing for just about every industry. Find her on Twitter@itssodesign.
Ashleigh Witt
Ashleigh WittModerator
Ash is a future geriatrician, lives in beautiful Melbourne, Australia, and blogs at ashleighwitt.com. Find her on Twitter @dr_ashwitt.

Guest Moderators

Dr. Lauren Downie
Dr. Lauren DownieGuest Moderator, November 2017
Dr. Lauren Downie is an obstetrics and gynaecology registrar in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about women’s health and literature, frequently writing about these interests on her blog, drlaurendownie.com, and her twitter feed, @thedrwrites. She has been very involved in Doctors Book Club from our very first book, When Breath Becomes Air, and her blog about the book was also posted on our website, which you can read here. We are thrilled that Dr. Downie will moderate our November 2017 chat about the book Do No Harm, by Dr. Henry Marsh.
Maren Y. Fuller, MD
Maren Y. Fuller, MDGuest Moderator, September 2017
Maren Y. Fuller, MD is currently a pediatric pathology fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, having just recently completed a cytopathology fellowship and pathology residency at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She is a leading advocate for pathologists using social media to educate medical colleagues and engage with the public, frequently posting interesting cases to her Instagram and Twitter feeds (@marenwhymd). Dr. Fuller been an active chat participant in Doctors Book Club from the beginning, and we are very excited that she will be leading our September 2017 Twitter-based discussion of Cutting for Stone by Dr. Abraham Verghese.
Justin Kreuter, MD
Justin Kreuter, MDGuest Moderator, July 2017
Justin Kreuter, MD is a clinical pathologist and specialist in transfusion medicine and tissue typing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Kreuter is a passionate educator and clinician, with clinical interests in managing complex coagulopathies and trauma resuscitation. We are thrilled to have Dr. Kreuter moderate our July 2017 discussion of Dr. Sidney Mukherjee’s book, The Gene: An Intimate History. As a clinician whose clinical practice includes several of the inherited coagulopathies and hematologic disorders discussed in Mukherjee’s book, we are certain that Dr. Kreuter’s will help create an engaging discussion of this wonderful book.
Lesley Barron, MD
Lesley Barron, MDGuest Moderator, March 2017
Dr. Lesley Barron is a general surgeon working and living in Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada. She frequently blogs at https://canadianfemalesurgeon.wordpress.com, with topics ranging from her experiences as a trainee and physician in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, to insights on life as a female surgeon and mother of three children. We are very excited to have Dr. Barron lead our March 2017 discussion of Atul Gawande’s best-selling book “Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science.” Her experience as a general surgeon, having faced many of the same emotions and experiences as did Dr. Gawande, will create an interesting and engaging discussion on the merits and lessons of this best-selling book.
Sara Taylor, MD
Sara Taylor, MDGuest Moderator, January 2017
Sara Taylor is a family physician in Alberta, Canada. She frequently shares her thoughts on health and wellness at www.SaraTMD.com, with topics ranging from physician burnout and stress management to mentorship, leadership, and love. Her writing is warm and insightful, and her tips for improving wellness are both clinical and caring – perfect for physicians AND patients! We are thrilled to have Sara share her insight as our guest moderator for our January 2017 book discussing John Elder Robison’s Look Me In The Eye, and are certain her experience as a family physician, spouse/mother, educator, and wellness enthusiast will facilitate a wonderful discussion of Robison’s memoir on his life with Asperger’s syndrome.