Maggie Kozel, MD is a board-certified pediatrician who graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1980, and did her pediatric residency training at Bethesda Navy Hospital, Bethesda, MD.  Dr. Kozel moved to Rhode Island in 1990, where she practiced pediatrics for twelve years before leaving her practice to teach and write. For the past ten years Dr. Kozel has written extensively about how her experiences in medicine have shaped her ideas about health care reform. She  has written a memoir, “The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor’s Journey in and Out of Medicine.”  Her blogs have been featured  on NYT Well blog and  Huffington Post as well as kevinmd and Sermo. Dr. Kozel lives in Jamestown, RI with her husband, Randy, and two daughters, and has recently returned, hopeful and reenergized,  to the practice of pediatrics.

Praise for “The Color of Atmosphere: One Doctor’s J0urney In and Out of Medicine” :

“A rare, intimate portrayal of one pediatrician’s journey to become a doctor and her heart-wrenching decision years later to eventually leave medicine.  Told with candor and wit, Maggie Kozel’s memoir is a powerful reminder of the complex forces that shape medical practice today.”
—Eliza Lo Chin, MD, MPH, President, American Medical Women’s Association, and Editor, This Side of Doctoring:  Reflections from Women in Medicine

“Dr. Kozel captures perfectly the malaise that has struck American medicine in general and primary care in particular. The chronicle of this intelligent and committed physician-who is frustrated at every turn as she tries to find satisfaction in a profession to which she had expected to dedicate her life-is a powerful indictment of our current system of medical care. We should have done better by her.”–Beach Conger, MD, physician and author, Bag Balm and Duct Tape: Tales of a Vermont Doctor

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Recent interview of the author in Georgetown’s Medical Alumni magazine:


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