Liana Meffert

Physician. Writer. Poet.


Liana Meffert is a writer and emergency medicine resident-physician living in Washington, DC.

She holds an MD from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine with distinction in health and humanities. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University.

Her writing has appeared in JAMA, Medscape, The Examined Life Journal, The Healing Muse, and more. She is the recipient of multiple awards including Stanford’s Irvin David Yalom Literary Award, the F. Sean Hodge Prize for Poetry in Medicine, the Robert D. Sparks Writing Contest and the Carver College of Medicine Arvind Reddy Memorial Award.

Her work surveys the intersectionality of poetry, personal narrative, and medicine, with the occasional sagacious insight.

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Irvin David Yalom, M.D. Literary Award
What You See Here, Stays Here.

Carol A. Bowman Awards
I Am the Magician’s Girl Who Does Not Flinch
Vietnam Surgeon
August & Everything After

William Carlos Williams Poetry Competition
Lateral Decubitus


The F. Sean Hodge Prize for Poetry in Medicine
An Invitation to the ER

Examined Life Journal
Short Coat Sonnet

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