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Walk Through Fire: The Train Disaster That Changed America

Walk Through Fire: The Train Disaster That Changed America

with guest Dr. Yasmine Ali

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About my guest:

Dr. Ali is a board-certified cardiologist, bestselling author, and award-winning medical writer who has published across genres and formats, including medical writing, blogging, prescriptive nonfiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her current book, Walk through Fire: The Train Disaster that Changed America, a narrative history of the Waverly Train Disaster of 1978 and the creation of FEMA, is now available wherever books are sold. It is a riveting, minute-by-minute account of one of the worst train explosions of the 20th century, which occurred in her own hometown of Waverly, Tennessee.

As a medical writer and editor, Dr. Ali has more than 25 years of experience serving in various capacities and with multiple media. She has held the position of Chief Editor of the Atherosclerosis section of Medscape Reference Drugs and Diseases (from WebMD) for 13 years, and has been the Chief Editor of Medscape’s Congenital Heart Disease section for 6 years. She served as a member of Medscape’s Slideshow Advisory Board for 2 years. 

Dr. Ali also served as Physician Editor for MCG Health, LLC, for nearly 10 years, aiding in the creation and revision of evidence-based clinical care guidelines. She was a medical editor, writer, and CME speaker for MedStudy, specializing in the creation and revision of board review materials in the fields of internal medicine and pediatrics.

In the area of health blogging, Dr. Ali served as Obesity Expert for Verywell Health for 3 years, creating the Obesity site from scratch, writing and updating hundreds of pieces of evergreen article content as well as late-breaking health news, and maintaining a weekly e-newsletter. She continues to be a medical reviewer for Verywell Health and Health.com.

She has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has been featured in Real Simple magazine, Brit + Co, WebMD, Reader’s Digest, Healthline, and more. In 2015, her essay, “How a Patient Renewed My Faith in Medicine,” was a winner of Real Simple magazine’s “Life Lessons” essay contest.

As a medical consultant, Dr. Ali has contributed her expertise and research skills in cardiovascular medicine, clinical lipidology, and healthcare to international investment firms, medical device manufacturers, CME companies, international food and nutrition companies, law firms, medical communications firms, national disability and workers compensation insurance providers, health and wellness organizations, employee wellness programs, and clinical research ventures.

She has appeared on multiple podcasts and on television, and is available for speaking engagements.

Dr. Ali is also the author of the Speak for the Heart (TM) newsletter and blog, providing insights on heart health and living well.

She continues to write creatively, and is currently working on a series of quotes collections, known as Quintessential Quotes Collections (TM), from LastSky Writing, LLC. Her debut novel, a medical drama entitled The View from the Cliffs, is anticipated to be released in 2024.

Dr. Ali is a member of the Authors Guild, the Women’s National Book Association, and the American Medical Writers Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and of the American College of Physicians (FACP). She is also a member of the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, and the Tennessee Medical Association. She holds MD and MSCI (Master of Science in Clinical Investigation) degrees from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where she is now an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine.

You can keep up with her author news and events by subscribing to her author newsletter, and you can receive heart-health news and insights by subscribing to her Speak for the Heart newsletter.

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