Scalpels and Stories | Matt Morgan

A talk by Matt Morgan from TBS24


A talk by Matt Morgan at the TBS24 conference in Zermatt. Kindly shared with permission.
See the TBS24 landing page for the programme and full set of talks.


This talk will explore combining a writing career with medicine. We will look at my current projects including helping with the play NYE, the life of Aneurin Bevan starring Michael Sheen and my third book Life 2.0 – what the dead can teach you about living. Since becoming an author, I’ve completely changed how I write my medical notes. I’ve found even minor changes in the words I choose can improve patient care. Rediscovering narrative can overcome increasingly complex problem lists, bursting with acronyms and data. And I now write to a patient, not just about them.




Intensive care consultant and author, Cardiff, UK


Matt Morgan is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, adjunct Clinical Professor and regular BMJ columnist. Following his PhD in artificial intelligence he has published in the NEJM, Lancet and JAMA. After appearing on television and radio, he gave the 2023 Woodridge Lecture and was nominated for the Royal Society’s David Attenborough prize for public engagement. His first book CRITICAL tells remarkable stories of patients in the intensive care unit. His second book, ONE MEDICINE, explores how understanding animals can help treat human disease. His third book LIFE 2.0 will look at the lives of patients after surviving a cardiac arrest. His is a member of the BMJ Commission on the Future of the NHS and is the medical advisor for The National Theatre’ in London’s production of “Nye”, the story of Aneurin Bevan. He lives in Cardiff with his family.


Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @dr_mattmorgan

Other online presence:

COI declared

Book publishing income (£0.30 per copy sold!)

References / Further reading

Books on Amazon/Audible etc: CRITICAL (2019) and ONE MEDICINE (2023).

Newly opened play NYE about NHS developer Nye Bevans:

Mads Astvad

Scandinavian paediatric anaesthetist / intensivist.
Digital MedEd
Co-organiser CphCC & TBS-Zermatt (aka The Big Sick)
Medical lead REPEL (resilience in pediatric emergency life support)
Web dev

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