David Kerns retired a decade ago from his role as Chief Medical Officer at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford to devote himself full-time to writing. For the past nine years he has been a columnist and feature writer for the Napa Valley Register. Born and educated in Chicago, his inspiration for his 2018 novel, Fortnight on Maxwell Street, was his own two-week Northwestern medical student rite of passage at the Chicago Maternity Center on the city’s West Side.