David Watts first trained as a classical musician, then as a medical doctor. During the 1980s, he was the on-camera medical host for PBS, Lifetime Network, and his local Fox news. His commentaries on the practice of medicine can still be heard on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.
Watts has published three books of poetry: Making, Taking the History, and Blessing. His collection of non-fiction short stories from the practice of medicine, Bedside Manners, was published in 2005.
He is the founder of Writing the Medical Experience, a conference that was held last summer at Sarah Lawrence College. Writers, doctors, and patients came together to write about and discuss the healing experience under the leadership of some of the best writers in the field.
To promote the humanities on the health sciences campus of the University of California at San Francisco, Watts created Poets on Parnassus, an organization that provides readings, workshops, and cross-genre events for the campus community. He also conducts research on how the humanities benefit the field of medicine, and he produces broadcast videos on the subject of poetry and healing.
Watts lives with his wife and two sons in Mill Valley, California.