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

  1. Wounds of War Reading

    December 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  2. Wounds of War Reading

    December 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

Critique of Media and the VA

Jasper Craven and I wrote a detailed critique — entitled Unreliable Sources — of the media’s approach to reporting on the VA.  The report was published by the Veterans [...]

New York Times OpEd Veterans’ Day

I was delighted to have an OpEd in the Sunday Week in Review Section of the New York Times on November 11th.  Please read and share.  I was also on Democracy Now on November 12th and on the Real [...]

Video: Wounds of War

Watch the trailer for Suzanne’s new book, Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing, and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans. Click here to purchase the book.