Jeff Schnader was at Columbia University in 1972 where he participated in sit-ins, anti-war marches and protests against the Vietnam War. He took part in the demonstration in front of Hamilton Hall when students were beaten and hauled off to jail by the New York Tactical Police Force in full battle regalia, an experience he used as inspiration for true-to-life scenes in his novel, THE SERPENT PAPERS.
After graduating from Columbia in 1975 with a BA in physics, he received his MD, CM from McGill University, thereafter training at The Johns Hopkins University in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Environmental Physiology. He became a full Professor of Medicine, authoring 50 scientific publications, including in the New England Journal of Medicine. He was a research scientist for over twenty years with grants from the American Lung Association, the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He was President of the Ohio Thoracic Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians where he was a Trustee of the Chest Foundation and a Departmental Editor for the peer review journal, Chest. He has been awarded for exemplary teaching and editorial services. He was a guest expert on NPR Station WMUB’s show Sound Health, making over 20 appearances. He has spoken publicly several hundred times and has chaired over 30 panels at national conferences to audiences of hundreds of physicians. Finally, he worked in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, running an intensive care unit and a pulmonary outpatient clinic, serving the medical needs of American war veterans, including veterans of the Vietnam War, for twenty-two years.
THE SERPENT PAPERS, his first novel, was edited by Richard Marek (former President & Publisher of Dutton Books and editor for Ernest Hemingway, James Baldwin and Robert Ludlum). It was named a short-listed finalist in the Blue Moon Novel Competition 2021. It is currently in press with The Permanent Press and will be published in February, 2022. In advance of the full book, multiple chapters were published in 2020 and 2021 by the online literary journal The Write Launch (see website listed on this page). His short story, The Champion, won 1st Prize in the League of Utah Writers Annual Quills Contest 2020 for new writers of fiction; his short story, Durango, received Honorable Mention in the same contest and was published in the December 2021 issue of The Write Launch. His short story, The Oma, was published in October 2021 issue of The Write Launch.
A member of the Columbia Fiction Foundry and the Shakespeare Oxford Fellowship, he is inspired by the characters of Jane Austen, the angst in Poe, Orwell’s journalistic style and Fielding’s humor and plot. Currently, he is writing another novel.
As a physician with extensive clinical experience, Dr Schnader welcomes invitations to speak on the crafting of authentic medical scenes in writing novels, plays and cinema. Visit his website at: https://jschnaderauthor.com
Awards and Recognition
- The Serpent Papers: Finalist (short-listed), Blue Moon Novel Competition 2021, Madville Press (novel)
- The Champion: 1st Place, Quills Contest, League of Utah Writers, Fiction (short story)
- Durango: Honorable Mention, League of Utah Writers Creative Writing Contest 2020, Fiction (short story)
Press and Media Mentions
- “NOVELIST DELIVERS AUTHENTIC, INTENSE TALE OF COMING OF AGE IN VIETNAM ERA: Worlds collide at the climax to a tale rendered with intensity of purpose, vigor of prose, authenticity of time and place, and depth of characterization.” —Jay Strafford for The Richmond Times-Dispatch & The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
- “SCHNADER'S WRITING IS MULTI-SENSUAL AND POWERFUL: The Sixties was an adrenaline rush that forever changed the world. The debut novel, The Serpent Papers, explores the Sixties from a wide range of angles and paints a vivid panorama of that traumatic era.” —New York Journal of Books
- “PROBING THE CONSCIENCES OF PEOPLE AND A NATION DURING A PIVOTAL ERA, The Serpent Papers, an intimate novel, is about the development of one’s personal values, the costs of following one’s conscience, taking a stand when life itself is at risk, and what it means to be a patriot.” —Kristine Morris, Foreword Reviews
- “THE SERPENT PAPERS RESONATES WITH SIGNIFICANCE." —Joan Baum, Baum on Books, National Public Radio (NPR)
- “I COULD NOT PUT THE SERPENT PAPERS DOWN. I thought about this book for a month. The Serpent Papers finds the human soul. It is Schnader’s gift.” —Sandra Fluck, Founder & Publisher, The Write Launch Literary Journal, and Bookscover2cover
- “QUICKLY HYPNOTIZING THE READER like the gaze of a snake, this tale of a young man finding his way, a poet’s voice finding a listener, and truth holding out its hand to the truth-seeker, is a beautiful novel – haunting in the tone of its voice, fascinating in its recreation of an era, and filled with wisdom that’s relevant to any era, perhaps most especially to today.” —Sheila Deeth, Writer, Editor & Goodreads Reviewer
- RADIO INTERVIEW of author Jeff Schnader (by John Shannon) on Radio Free Galisteo, Albuquerque, NM
- RADIO INTERVIEW of Jeff Schnader (by Tom Sumner) on The Tom Sumner Program (WFOV), Flint, MI
- RADIO INTERVIEW (by Nick Burns): KRCL (FM 96.5 & FM 90.9), Salt Lake City & Park City, UT
- RADIO INTERVIEW (by Jimmy Mac): Dave Nemo Weekends, Trucker Radio, Ocean Springs, MS
- RADIO INTERVIEW (live by Donna Seebo): Warriors for Peace, Lakewood, WA The Donna Seebo Show
- RADIO INTERVIEW (live by James Lowe): 1110 AM & 93.5 FM (WTBQ) and 1500 AM & 98.3 FM (WGHT), The Frank Truatt Morning Show (NY and NJ’s #1 Drive Time Morning Show), Orange County-Northern NJ-New York Metro
- Writer's Profile at the online literary journal, The Write Launch
- 2020 Quill Awards List of Winners