Author, Journalist, Public Speaker
& Patient Advocate

Suzanne Gordon is an author and speaker with special expertise in healthcare systems, teamwork, patient safety, and nursing.

Ideas, Inspiration, and Strategies for Change from the Front Lines of Care

Wounds of War

How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans

“Wounds of War highlights what the average American rarely gets to see in the news media but what many veterans know first-hand: day in and day out—and with little fanfare—the Veterans Health Administration provides high quality, patient-centered care to millions of our nation’s veterans.”
—Senator Bernie Sanders


Speaking Engagements

    • April 13, 2017
      Healthcare Forum on The Real Threats to the VA. Speaking with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at Healthcare Forum on The Real Threats to the VA.
    • April 26-28, 2017
      Brazilian Institute of Patient Safety, Sao Paolo. Presentations in Keynote and Workshop on Team Intelligence and Psychological Safety
    • May 2, 2017
      University of San Diego, lecture on The Battle for Veterans Healthcare

About Suzanne Gordon

Suzanne Gordon is an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Washington Monthly, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, The BMJ, and others. She is the co-editor of The Culture and Politics of Health Care Work series at Cornell University Press.

Suzanne is the author, co-author or editor of 19 books including Life Support: Three Nurses on the Front Lines and Beyond the Checklist: What Else Healthcare Can Learn from Aviation Teamwork and Safety. Her latest book, The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policy Making and Patient Care has just been published by Cornell Publishing. For her coverage of VA Healthcare, Suzanne has received the DAV’s 2017 Special Recognition Award.

Suzanne is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and an Affiliated scholar with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine’s Wilson Centre. With Lisa Hayes, she has written a play about patient safety and teamwork entitled Bedside Manners.


The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare

In The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare, award-winning author Suzanne Gordon takes us to the front lines of federal policy-making and healthcare delivery, as it affects millions of Americans whose military service makes them eligible for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) coverage

Featured Books


Recent Articles

StarTribune on VA Privatization

Randy Furst at the Minneapolis Star Tribune just did an excellent article on the Veterans for Peace and American Legion conventions and the privatiztion issue.  I was honored to be quoted in it. [...]

Unhealthy Skeptisim -VA and the Media

From The Washington Monthly July/August 2018 Unhealthy Skepticism by Suzanne Gordon and Jasper Craven Magazine The Department of Veterans Affairs was back in the news this spring—and, as usual, [...]