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Fulfilling Your Pursuits: Combining a Passion for Medicine with Writing

September 27, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

The AMWA Literary Initiative Presents: 

Fulfilling Your Pursuits: Combining a Passion for Medicine with Writing

Wednesday, September 27 @ 8 pm ET

Join AMWA Literary as two women physicians share their professional journeys and how they came to be published authors of medical thrillers


Meet the Speakers:

Dr. Cristina LePort, MD & Dr. Jenna Podjasek, MD


Dr. Cristina Rizza-LePort, MD
Writer, Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Chief Medical Officer and co-founder of Genescient
“When I came from Italy to the USA, after medical school, I barely spoke English, and never imagined that one day I would write novels in my second language. For the past 15 years, besides practicing cardiology, I have been writing medical thrillers. After years of hard work, I was able to acquire a literary agent and a publisher. DISSECTION, my first book and medical-political thriller was published in October 2022 by Bancroft press. I decided to go into Cardiology on my birthday, at the age of 43, when my husband gave me a card saying: “This is NOT a dress rehearsal”. I decided to start writing at the age of 40 after reading “The art of fiction” by Ayn Rand.”

Dr. Jenna Podjasek, MD
Allergist-Immunologist & Writer
Dr. Jenna Podjasek is an Allergist/Immunologist whose medical thrillers fuse her exceptional expertise with heart-pounding suspense. A proud Mayo Clinic alumnus, she weaves her knowledge of the medical field into her narratives, transporting readers into an exhilarating, high-stakes world of medicine and intrigue. Residing in the vibrant suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Podjasek shares her home with her supportive husband, their two curious children, and a delightful menagerie of pets that never cease to inspire. With her debut novel, PARTICLES IN THE AIR, Dr. Podjasek establishes herself as a fresh, compelling voice in the realm of next-level medical thrillers. As she captivates readers with her storytelling, she promises even more pulse-pounding adventures to come. Stay connected with Dr. Podjasek by following her on Twitter @JennaPodjasek and Instagram at @JennaPodjasekauthor, where she shares her inspirations, sneak peeks, and glimpses into her life beyond the pages.


September 27, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

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