Sheri Fink

Senior Future Tense Fellow

As a Senior Future Tense Fellow at New America, Dr. Sheri Fink examines medical care in large scale emergencies including natural disasters and pandemics. As a 2012 Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow, Fink wrote the New York Times best-selling book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, which the New York Times named one of the ten best books of 2013 and which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, the 2014 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Ridenhour Book Prize, and the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Nonfiction.

Fink’s reporting has won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, among other journalism prizes. Her coverage of the 2012 hurricane season and its effects on the health care systems of New York City and New Orleans won the beat reporting award from the Association of Health Care Journalists in 2013. Her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” co-published with The New York Times Magazine, chronicled decisions made by the medical staff of one New Orleans hospital in the desperate days after Hurricane Katrina.

Fink is currently a staff reporter for The New York Times. A former relief worker in disaster and conflict zones, she received her M.D. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her first book, War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival, is about medical professionals under siege during the genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

All Work

FELLOWS and FUTURE TENSE
Where Even Nightmares Are Classified: Psychiatric Care at Guantánamo

Sheri Fink published a third piece in the New York Times as part of a series on the lasting effects of abusive interrogations.


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UN Leader Plans Stronger Presence in Ebola Zone

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, said on Wednesday that he planned to establish a new on-the-ground mission in West Africa


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Obama Presses Leaders to Speed Ebola Response

President Obama on Tuesday challenged world powers to accelerate the global response to the Ebola outbreak that is ravaging West Africa, war


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Responding to Ebola

The Ebola outbreak has incited concern — and criticism. Critics blasted international organizations, particularly the World Health Organizat


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Cuts at W.H.O. Hurt Response to Ebola Crisis

With treatment centers overflowing, and alarmingly little being done to stop Ebola from sweeping through West African villages and towns, Dr


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Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up Ebola Efforts | New York Times

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, the president of the relief grou


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Tracing Ebola’s Breakout to an African 2-Year-Old | New York Times

Patient Zero in the Ebola outbreak, researchers suspect, was a 2-year-old boy who died on Dec. 6, just a few days after falling ill in a vil


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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink Win Book Awards

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Sheri Fink were among the winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards, named Thursday night in New York


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Five Days at Memorial

Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink’s landmark investigation of patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.