Dr. Daniel Kalla talks to us about why he wrote his 11th novel, The Last High, a Globe and Mail Best Spring Read choice. He gives us an intriguing look into the devastation this epidemic has caused in his chosen field of emergency medicine, the impacts of the pandemic and where change is desperately needed.
BIO: Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Daniel spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an Emergency Department Physician at St. Paul’s Hospital for the past twenty years. He has been the Emergency Department Head since 2013. He is clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia.
Daniel is also the author of eleven published novels, which have been translated into twelve languages. He has had two novels options for film, and his Shanghai trilogy has is being developed for a TV series. In his eleventh novel, The Last High, Daniel uses his real-life experience as a physician in a downtown hospital to tackle the causes and impacts of the opioid crisis in an realistic gritty thriller that he wrote, in part, as a cautionary tale.
Daniel received his B.Sc. in mathematics and his MD from the University of British Columbia, where he is now an clinical associate professor and the department head of a major urban ER. He the proud father of two girls and a poorly behaved but lovable mutt, Milo.
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