Submitted on Friday, 8/25/2023, at 1:48 PM

The Student Doctor Network – Thaler is an assistant professor of neurology at Mount Sinai Hospital, specializing in treatment of stroke and headache patients, and a co-author of The Only Neurology Book You’ll Ever Need. Here, she answers questions about her education and career path and how she balances writing, teaching and practicing medicine.

“I decided to become a physician when I was in college,” says Thaler, who majored in English and neuroscience at Amherst. “I loved my science classes—I found evidence-based thinking incredibly satisfying—and, even more, loved the idea that I could one day use the information I was learning to help take care of patients … [plus] I knew I could keep writing as a physician.”

The doctor responds to further questions from Laura Turner about attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, her day-to-day work as a neurologist and professor, problems in the U.S. health care system, and more.