Valerie Gribben’s writing has been published in national newspapers and magazines.

“Growing Hope in a Good Enough Garden”

Op-Ed, April 13, 2020

The Los Angeles Times

“This scrappy little garden grants me perspective, a sense of equal parts control and release.”

Original illustration by Eleanor Davis

“Practicing Medicine Can Be Grimm Work”

Op-Ed, July 1, 2011
The New York Times

When ‘ER’ Met ‘Hansel and Gretel’

“Fairy tales are, at their core, heightened portrayals of human nature, revealing, as the glare of injury and illness does, the underbelly of mankind.”

“Take Two Photos and Call Me in the Morning”

Op-Ed, August 12, 2013

The Wall Street Journal

“As smartphones increase in prevalence, we’ll need to foster more and better ways for patients to upload pertinent photos and videos as part of their medical history.”

“The One Question to Get to the Heart of a Patient’s True Concern”

First Place Essay, Physician Writers Contest, June 7, 2018

Medical Economics

“With one question, my attending opened up an entirely new perspective on the patient that dramatically changed our explanations and return precautions.”

“The Brothers Grimm Under the Knife”

Essay, Published Winter 2018

Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities

“Magic-infused fairytales and modern medicine are intertwined as closely as the curving double helix of DNA.”

“Magical Saga of Boy Wizard Harry Potter That Captivated the World Comes to an End” 

Op-Ed, July 17, 2011

The Birmingham News

“Though the book series concluded in 2007, it is with this last movie that the Harry Potter Generation — my generation — bids a true farewell to The Boy Who Lived.”