HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Dr. Seema Yasmin

Disease Detective, Medical Doctor, Science Journalist, Crisis Management and Misinformation Expert


  • Why Misinformation and Disinformation Go Viral and How You Can Immunize Yourself Against Falling for Lies
  • Inside the Outbreaks: Behind the Scenes of an International Disease Detective’s Search for The Next Big Pandemic
  • The New Normal: How to Live in a Pandemic-Prone World
  • Muslim Women Are Everything: How “Generation M” is Taking Over the World and Redefining What It Means to be Female and Muslim
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Science, Medicine, and Journalism
  • Tell me a Bedtime…Fact? The Science of Storytelling and How to Create Captivating Communication Through Stories


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Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, professor, and author. 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. Dr. Yasmin was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news in 2017 with a team from The Dallas Morning News for coverage of a mass shooting. She is the recipient of two awards from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Dr. Yasmin is the author of five books of non-fiction and poetry including Viral BS: Medical Myths and Why We Fall for Them, which tells her own history of growing up a conspiracy theorist before becoming a debunker of myths and hoaxes. Her most recent book, Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure (Harper Design), published in April 2020.

Tired of seeing Muslim women portrayed as weak, sheltered, and limited, Dr. Yasmin reframes how the world sees them, to reveal everything they CAN do and the incredible, stereotype-shattering ways they are doing it. Muslim Women Are Everything is a celebration of the ways in which past and present Muslim women from around the world are singing, dancing, reading, writing, laughing, experimenting, driving, and rocking their way into the history books.

A highly sought-after speaker both virtually and in-person, Dr. Yasmin has opened conferences for tech companies, medical institutions, international non-profits, venture capitalist firms and corporations seeking to inspire, motivate, and entertain. An ideal speaker for medical and tech conferences, universities, and parenting groups, her unique combination of expertise as a dually trained physician and storyteller has been called upon by the White House, Vatican, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the Skoll World Forum, and others.

Dr. Yasmin is a fiction fellow of the Kundiman and Tin House writing workshops. Her writing has earned awards and residencies from the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Mid Atlantic Arts Council, Hedgebrook, and others.  Her scholarly work focuses on the spread of health misinformation and disinformation, the growth of medical and news deserts, and the impact on public health. She teaches creative nonfiction including health and science journalism, global health storytelling, practicing medicine with empathy and compassion, and advanced clinical communication skills. Her reporting appears in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, WIRED, Scientific American, and other outlets.

After training in medicine at the University of Cambridge, Dr. Yasmin served as an officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she investigated outbreaks in prisons, hospitals, reservations and other settings; served as principal investigator for a number of epidemiologic studies; and was deployed as strategic advisor to foreign ministries of health. She trained in journalism at the University of Toronto and worked as a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News covering Ebola’s arrival in Texas. Currently, she is a medical analyst for CNN and a correspondent for Conde Nast Entertainment.

Praise for Muslim Women are Everything:

"Joyful, wide-ranging and profound, Muslim Women are Everything tells the stories of Muslim women living life to the fullest--making art, navigating politics, pursuing careers from the law to the sciences to stand-up comedy, and bringing their unique perspectives to everything they do. A pleasure to look at as well as to read, Muslim Women are Everything is a work of art in every sense."
-- G. Willow Wilson, Co-creator of the Hugo and American Book Award-winning comic series MS MARVEL