Biography

As a physician, writer, and clinical researcher, Haider Warraich wears many hats that have come together in his new book, State of the Heart - Exploring the History, Science and Future of Cardiac Disease (St Martin's Press/Macmillan). 

The book is unlike other books written about heart disease in the past since it doesn't just focus on the history of heart disease, it touches on aspects that few have addressed. This includes growing knowledge about heart disease in women, which remains a blind spot for other contemporary books in this area. The book also explores the close relationship between two of humanities' greatest killers - cancer and heart disease - how they are connected and how they differ. Most importantly, while heart has long been referred to as organ which is the first to live, and the last to die - primum vivens ct ultimum moriens - this books delves into the implications of a brave new world, where technology might as well make the heart redundant. This book tells the story of the brave men and women who live with hearts that can stop at any given moment, who may need engineers not doctors when they fall sick, and what their lives mean for the rest of us as we look to a future where man and machine may become one. 

He writes most frequently for the New York Times but also contributes to the Guardian, the Atlantic, the LA Times and the Boston Globe amongst others. He writes about all things that fall within the purview of healthcare, from health policy to the daily interactions between patients and their physicians. 

Dr Warraich completed internal medicine and cardiology training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School and Duke University and will be the Associate Director of Heart Failure at the Boston Veterans Affairs Hospital, Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School in the Fall of 2019. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, CBS, PBS, and on NPR shows like Fresh Air with Terry Gross, The Diane Rehm Show, The World, Marketplace and the BBC World Service.

Dr Warraich is also a prolific clincal researcher and has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association amongst others. His research focuses on end of life care for patients with heart disease.