Speakers 2019



Nina Wise

Nina Wise is a performance artist, writer, director and educator, is known for her provocative and original performance works which have been produced in the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. Her pieces have garnered seven Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards, and she has received, among other prestigious honors, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Her written pieces have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. She is the founder of Motion Theater and the author of A Big New Free Happy Unusual Life (Broadway Books). She has been a visiting lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, SF State University, Stanford University as well as at international conferences and think tanks. She also teaches Buddhist practice at Spirit Rock meditation center.



Emily Silverman, MD

Emily Silverman is an academic hospitalist at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she seeks out projects that resurrect the narrative soul of medicine. She is the host and creator of The Nocturnists, a live storytelling event and podcast for physicians and other health care workers. wrote a series of prose-poems based on her experiences as a resident, and is currently working on her first book. Her writing is animated by a deep-seated curiosity about science, human nature, and what it means to live and die well. In her spare time she enjoys teaching herself how to play electric guitar, listening to podcasts, and traveling with her husband Boaz. She tweets @ESilvermanMD.


Ligia Giese MD

co- Director TOOER 2019

Ligia Giese is an obstetrician/gynecologist with Kaiser in Northern California. She lives with her husband and two sons in Berkeley. She practices yoga and meditation, is a serious student of flamenco dance, and is committed to helping her fellow health care professionals explore new paths for personal and career growth.

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Anjali Gupta MD

co Director TOOER 2019

Anjali Gupta is an emergency medicine and sports medicine physician working in the California Bay Area. She served as the wellness chair for her emergency department for several years and enjoys fostering a community of spiritually healthy physicians. She loves spending time in nature, doing yoga, cycling and travel.


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