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Exhale is the riveting memoir of a top transplant doctor who rode the emotional rollercoaster of saving and losing lives—until it was time to step back and reassess his own life.


Author Talk at Harvard Library

Three Perspectives, One Purpose: Why Medicine Needs Memoir

Author Talk

Dr. David Weill at Santa Clara City Library

Event hosted on Thursday, August 12 via Zoom. Dr. David Weill reads and discusses his new book, "Exhale: Hope, Healing, and A Life in Transplant."

Interviewed on Conversations with Kim Carson

Dr. David Weill, Transplant Doctor and Author of EXHALE: Hope, Healing and a Life in Transplant

Dr. David Weill spent 20 years as the director of numerous transplant programs, most notably 11 years at Stanford. His book: EXHALE: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant is a riveting and heartfelt inside look at the world of high-stakes medicine and the toll a life in transplant took on one of the most successful transplant doctors in the country. EXHALE also dives deep into hospital politics, health care system inequities, and ethics that determine who gets life-saving transplants and who does not.

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10 Impactful Books About Public Health

People don’t often think of organ donation and transplants as a public health issue, but it is. This memoir is an inside look at Stanford’s transplant program: the medical side, the personal side, and the human, relational side. This is a book about not only the patients and families, but also about the doctors and the effect of their work on the rest of their lives. Weill’s decision to leave the program was not made lightly, and this book explains the factors that informed his decision.

Interviewed for Literary Hub

A Witness to the Human Experience: Why Medicine Needs Storytellers

David Weill, MD, on the Journey from Medicine to Writing

In Conversation on

Next Gen Personal Finance

Dr. David Weill on restoring that work-life balance after a career in transplant

Featured Guest on

Mikhaila Peterson Podcast, Epidose 81

Mikhaila and Dr. David Weill discuss logistical problems specific to organ transplant healthcare. He talks to Mikhaila about his growing concerns in the medical field related to the misallocation of resources and the high rate of burnout in transplant doctors. Weill lays out his idea for a more sustainable system that would provide more organs for transplant, and additionally reduce rates of burnout in doctors while improving the level of surgical care rendered to transplant patients.

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David Weill on

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discussing the impact of COVID-19 on lung transplants

Transplant doctor says job is rewarding, but emotional

A former transplant surgeon said more people could get the lifesaving organs they need if hospital programs and surgical teams were set up differently. He said organ shortages are not always the problem. He explains that, and a very personal story about physician burnout in a new book, “Exhale: Hope, Healing, and a Life in Transplant.“

in discussion on Fox News Live

New UK study examines impact on lungs from COVID

'Exhale' author Dr. David Weill joins 'FOX News Live' to discuss how COVID affects the lungs

Interviewed for NBC News

Covid disease damage leading to 'completely new category' of organ transplants

Hospitals grapple with a growing group of patients whose organs — most often hearts and lungs — are "basically destroyed by the virus." In a year when Covid-19 shattered the pleas of so many who prayed for miracles, a Georgia man with two new lungs is among the fortunate.

Book Review

By Beth Bailey In The Federalist

The crowning achievement of Weill’s memoir is that its deepest messages are truly universal. We need to examine the effects of workplace cultures that award badges of honor for jam-packed schedules and long overtime hours. Everyone from high-level executives to stay-at-home moms like myself can appreciate how our busy-ness and distractions keep us from being present with those we love.

Review by Jim Gleason for

Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO)

Sometimes I judge a book by how long it takes to read it, and by that measure, this is one of my all-time favorites... While not a fast reader, I found myself drawn in like a victim sinking in quicksand, unable to put it down, finished reading its engaging 333 pages within one day. That’s how good it is, be forewarned (smile).

Q&A with Fotis Georgiadis of

Authority Magazine

Aristotle said, “In order to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, and be nothing.” It takes courage to speak your mind, to share a message you believe in with the world, even if unpopular. I write in my book Exhale about the times that I have had to say “hard truths” to my bosses, in order to see change happen. It’s hard to do this and, from my experience, not always well-received. Nonetheless, if each of us wants to make a difference, at times that involves saying things that folks sometimes don’t want to hear. But it’s the right thing to do.