A trailblazing physician and health researcher shares her journey of perseverance and discovery.

Anne McTiernan’s second memoir begins in 1982, soon after she completed her doctoral training in public health research at the University of Washington at the age of twenty-nine. She and her husband are now parents to four-year-old and three-month-old girls. Realizing that jobs in her field are scarce, especially for women, Anne decides the only option for their financial security is to become a medical doctor. Overcoming her fear and life-long struggle with inadequacy, she moves the family 3,000 miles to New York to begin medical school.

Within a few months of starting this new life, Anne is in deep trouble. She is overwhelmed by the competing demands of motherhood and medical training and feels isolated. The stress builds, until Anne suffers a series of paralyzing panic attacks that threaten her ability to function. She begins psychotherapy and starts on a journey of self-discovery, realizing she has to change to survive.

Anyone who has suffered from trauma, tried to fight against outdated societal norms, or has dealt with mental health issues will find Anne’s story relatable and be left with a sense of hope and determination.


“Doctors are human, but at times studying to become a doctor requires super-human efforts. In her new memoir that reads like an engrossing novel, Dr. Anne McTiernan highlights the challenges of combining medical school with motherhood. It’s a page-turner!”—Mikhail “Doctor Mike” Varshavski, DO, family physician, #1 Health/Medicine influencer

“A fascinating look at the making of a physician. Dr. McTiernan’s story is full of extraordinary ups, agonizing downs, and remarkable moments of self-discovery. This book is as real as it gets. I couldn’t put it down.”—Matt McCarthy, MD, author of Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medicine

“For anyone needing inspiration for overcoming adversity, Cured is the book for you. Dr. Anne McTiernan shares her life experiences with probing honesty, keen insight, and humor. This is ultimately a story of resilience, survivorship, and the power of the human spirit.”—JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School Chief of Preventive Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts

“In Cured, Dr. Anne McTiernan peels back the polished veneer of the accomplished physician scientist to reveal an achingly human, wise, and kind woman with whom we can all identify.”—Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, Professor of Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine and past President, American College of Sports Medicine

“Cured: A Doctor’s Journey from Panic to Peace is a book that speaks to all of us who’ve feared our dreams are out of reach. Dr. McTiernan tells an engaging and powerful story that will surely inspire many to overcome their fears to accomplish their loftiest goals.”—Theo Pauline Nestor, Author of How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed and Writing Is My Drink

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