Join us for an in-store event featuring the new book, Hot Spot: A Doctor's Diary from the Pandemic, written by the renowned surgeon, Dr. Alex Jahangir and co-written by local author and journalist Katie Seigenthaler. Hot Spot is Jahangir’s narrative during the first year of COVID, derived from his op notes (the journal-like entries surgeons often keep following operations) and expanded to include his personal reflections and a glimpse into the inner sanctums of city and state governance in crisis.
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More About the Book: When Nashville identified its first case of coronavirus in March 2020, the city was between Public Health Directors and as unprepared as the rest of the world for what was to come. Dr. Alex Jahangir, a trauma surgeon acting at that time as chair of the Metro Nashville Board of Health, unexpectedly found himself head of the city’s Coronavirus Task Force and responsible for leading it through uncharted waters. What followed was a year of unprecedented challenge and scrutiny. Jahangir, who immigrated to the US from Iran at age six, grew up in Nashville. He thought he knew the city well. But the pandemic laid bare ethnic, racial, and cultural tensions that daily threatened to derail what should have been a collective effort to keep fellow residents healthy and safe.
"Alex Jahangir's specialty is, in his own words, 'intimate disasters.' These words describe orthopaedic trauma, but they also describe the excruciating myriad of micro-traumas we've all endured during the unfolding of this pandemic. The endless isolation, an intimate disaster. The deathbeds via FaceTime, an intimate disaster. The quiet, wild fear at every short breath, an intimate disaster. But Dr. Jahangir's work, though forged in and from the disaster of COVID-19, is a gift of insight. There is courage, introspection, and a refreshing dose of frank bewilderment. Now, more than ever, we need doctors who see the story behind the symptoms, who want to tell the truth and tell it well, and dynamically. This book does that work. We are lucky to have physicians of such competence and sound spirit in this, and indeed in any, time of crisis."
-Caroline Randall Williams, author of Lucy Negro, Redux and Soul Food Love and writer in residence at Vanderbilt University
More About the Author: Alex Jahangir, an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, is Vice-Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medicine, and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Jahangir was named to the Metro Nashville Board of Health in 2017. He served as head of the Metro Nashville Coronavirus Task Force for the entire two years of the Task Force's existence.
More About the Co-Author: Katie Seigenthaler, a longtime Winnetka resident, is a managing partner with FINN Partners and a former journalist with The Chicago Tribune.
When Nashville identified its first case of coronavirus in March 2020, the city was between Public Health Department directors and as unprepared as the rest of the world for what was to come. Dr.