Seema Yasmin Emmy Award-Winning Journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Medical Misinformation Expert, and Doctor

About the Author

Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award–winning journalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist, medical doctor, professor, and the author of five books and three forthcoming books. She is director of the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, clinical assistant professor in Stanford University’s Department of Medicine, and visiting professor at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA where she teaches crisis management and communications. Her work focuses on the spread of health misinformation and disinformation and solutions to stop the viral spread of lies.

After training in medicine at the University of Cambridge, Yasmin served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she investigated outbreaks of Ebola, Zika, and other infectious diseases around the world. She is a medical analyst for CNN and her writing appears in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, Scientific American and other outlets, where she reports on health and science issues and the intersection of race, gender, and health.

Her most recent book, What the Fact? Finding the Truth in All the Noise, tackles one of the most important issues that today’s society faces, misinformation and the overexposure to news and data. Dr. Yasmin explores the crucial need for media literacy and fact-based reporting, and provides us with the necessary skills to discern truth from lies. Her forthcoming books include The ABCs of Queer History, a gorgeous picture book celebrating queer icons and milestones throughout history; Unbecoming, a debut novel about two Texas teens navigating friendship, faith and family in a post-Roe world; and Djinnology, An Illuminated Compendium of Spirits and Stories from the Muslim World, a collection of spooky tales.

A sought-after speaker who has delivered talks at the Vatican, White House, Aspen Ideas Festival, Skoll World Forum, the World Health Organization, Fortune 100 companies among others, Yasmin’s dynamic and engaging speaking style, combined with her unique blend of medical and journalistic expertise, makes her a captivating and thought-provoking presenter.

Yasmin is also a fiction fellow of the Kundiman and Tin House writing workshops. Her poems and short stories have been published in literary magazines and anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets Vol 3: Halal If You Hear Me, New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims, The Georgia Review, The Literary Review, Foundry, The Los Angeles Review, The Asian American Writer’s Workshop, Apogee and others. Her writing has earned awards and residencies from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Council, Hedgebrook, and others.

Suggested Topics

  • The Future of Business:

The impact of Covid-19 on the future of tech, medicine and business. How work, travel and leisure could change post-pandemic.

  • Imperfect Leaders, You Don’t Have to be Perfect to Make a Difference:

This talk will show leaders of organizations that as long as they get off their imperfect butts and work their imperfect skills and try their imperfect hardest, they can and will make a difference.

  • Advance Your Leadership Skills, Get Smart and Stay Calm:

This program is perfect for organizations in high risk situations including medical environments. C-Level, Senior Management, managers of underperforming sales groups, and teams struggling with forward momentum. Leaders will understand how to accelerate actionable change and avoid knee-jerk reactions in the most challenging environments.

  • Tell Me A Bedtime…Fact? Compel to Propel, Create Captivating Communication Through Storytelling:

A good story gets repeated. Learn the science of storytelling and what neuroscience is teaching us about how stories affect our brains and our behaviors. Focus on seeking, structure, and sharing. Explore the narrative structure of a story, practice active listening, examine the importance of body language and dramatic techniques, and understand the power of narrativizing your research, work, and organizational goals and objectives.

  • Advanced Journalistic Reporting and Writing for Health and Science Journalism:

Practical, collaborative, writing-intensive advanced journalistic reporting and writing course in the specific practices and standards of health and science journalism. Learn how to identify and write engaging stories about medicine, global health, science, and related environmental issues; how to assess the quality and relevance of science news; how to cover the health and science beats effectively and efficiently; and how to build bridges between the worlds of journalism and science.

  • Women + Leadership

  • Women + STEM

  • Leadership and STEM
Epidemic Investigations

  • The Future of Public Health
Medical Education

  • Fake News

Raves and Reviews

Praise for Seema Yasmin:

If you and your audience want to learn from and be engaged by one of the most brilliant and thoughtful scholars/writers of our time, you need to invite Dr. Seema Yasmin. Seema takes her craft and her subject matter seriously, is always prepared, and has a great sense of humor. She is an impeccable public intellectual with an output of works that complements her scientific, journalistic and artistic power.”

 Jerry Hawkins, Executive Director, Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, an initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Co-Founder, The Imagining Freedom Institute

Praise for What the Fact: Finding the Truth in All the Noise

Journalist Yasmin effectively explores contemporary media literacy’s barriers and how to overcome them in this eye-opening work told via contagion and vaccine metaphor.”

— Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Educators will applaud a book that helps navigate an already overwhelming problem and curious teens will be rewarded with helpful tips for media consumption. It’s a book every library and classroom should have.”

— School Library Journal

Laden with entertainingly presented tips and techniques, this informative overview will encourage further exploration and contemplation. A savvy, accessible, and critical guide to media literacy.”

Kirkus Reviews

This book is an encouragement to stop feeling the need to have a strong opinion on every issue the moment I hear about them, but to instead learn more about those things happening so I can better understand them.”

– Goodreads 

This is a timely intervention and a must-read for all teens and their educators!”

– Amazon Review 

I appreciated the easy to appreciate and understand tone of the whole book that explains bias, why the media is the way it is, why social media can present challenges and how to resolve conflict when you confront others who believe differently.”

– Goodreads

In the Media


Books by Seema Yasmin

What the Fact?
The Impatient Dr. Lange
Muslim Women Are Everything
Viral BS
If God is a Virus
For Filthy Women Who Worry About Disappointing God

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