Burning Out on the COVID Front Lines

A Doctor’s Memoir of Fatherhood, Race and Perseverance in the Pandemic


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About the Book

This memoir tells the story of Georgia physician Dhaval Desai’s life during the Covid-19 pandemic. As a new father, frontline physician and healthcare leader on the brink of burnout, and a member of an ethnic minority in the South, his tale is marked by chaotic intersections. Throughout, his commitment to fostering and advocating for caring and compassion in the practice of medicine shines as Desai shares his unique perspective.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Dhaval Desai is a leader and frontline provider to hospitalized patients in a large metro–Atlanta health system. He carries a passion for the human and patient experience in medicine, specifically sharing perspectives and narratives from healthcare workers and patients.

Bibliographic Details

Dhaval R. Desai, M.D.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 193
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9182-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5111-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
Chapter One. A New Virus 5
Chapter Two. Surge 10
Chapter Three. Twin Pandemics 23
Chapter Four. Burnout 47
Chapter Five. A Path to Wellness 65
Chapter Six. Skin Color 84
Chapter Seven. Divided 101
Chapter Eight. Vaccine 119
Chapter Nine. A New Normal 134
Chapter Ten. Delta 150
Chapter Eleven. COVID Positive 162
Epilogue 176
Bibliography 181
Index 183