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 January, 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.
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, League of Utah Writers Creative Writing Contest 2020, Fiction (short story)
- Durango: Honorable Mention, League of Utah Writers Creative Writing Contest 2020, Fiction (short story)