Neil B. Shulman

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Neil B. Shulman posing in front of a Doc Hollywood poster.

Neil Barnett Shulman is an American doctor and medical writer, who is Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at Emory University.[1] He has conducted and published clinical research on hypertension and is the co-founder of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. He is the author of many books promoting medical literacy for both adults and children, as well as humor and children's books. He is the associate producer of the 1991 film Doc Hollywood, based on one of his books.

Medical career[edit]

Shulman graduated from Emory University School of Medicine in 1971, after which he began teaching at the same institution. He has conducted research and published a variety of papers on the field of hypertension, funded at the level of around $8 million by the National Institutes of Health.[2]

In 1986 Shulman co-founded the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB) together with Wilbur Dallas Hall and Elijah Sanders. Through its annual research conference, this society brings the latest approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment to health care professionals in the West and the Third World.[3][4] Shulman also helped launch ISHIB's peer-reviewed quarterly journal, Ethnicity & Disease,[5] and the Heart to Heart Program which brought children from developing countries to the United States for life-saving heart surgery.

Shulman is chairman of the board of Patch AdamsGesundheit! Institute, and an advisory board member of Global H.E.E.D., a non-profit organization founded by former students of Emory University, Zain Ahmed '08C and Sonny Bandyopadhyay '07C to promote development, medicine, and public health in Guatemala.[6]

Healthcare activist[edit]

Shulman is a patient advocate who has taken an active role on behalf of healthcare consumers and patients with limited access to care.[7] Shulman founded the Medical Volunteerism Conference in 2010 which met at Emory University with over 2,000 international attendants in that year.[8] In 2011 the summit was held again, this time called the Global Health and Humanitarian Summit.[9] He played an active role on behalf of patients affected by the closing of the dialysis clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, which ultimately led to a favorable outcome for the affected patients.[7] He was a key contributor to the 2013 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit.[10] held at Emory University on April 12, 2013 - April 14, 2013.

Author, filmmaker, website developer[edit]

Shulman has authored and co-authored many books on medical topics, as well as consumer medical primers for adults and children, and children's books. He self-publishes children's and humor books through his own company, Rx Humor.

In 1991 his book What? Dead…Again? was made into a feature film called Doc Hollywood, starring Michael J. Fox; Shulman was an associate producer on the film. He also produced, co-directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the independent feature film Who Nose? (Wet Sock Productions, 2006).

In 1999 he developed his book Your Body’s Red Light Warning Signals: Medical tips that may save your life into an interactive consumer website ( In 2007 he developed his children's book What’s in a Doctor’s Bag? into an interactive website (

Shulman is also a comic performer on the subjects of humor and medical literacy. He often performs in fundraisers for free clinics and other charitable ventures.[2]


Shulman married actress Zoe Haugo in October 2008. They have one son, Miles, born September 2006.[11]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • Hypertension in Blacks: Epidemiology, pathophysiology and treatment. 1985. ISBN 0-8151-4095-9. (with W. Dallas Hall and Elijah Saunders)
  • Three Medical Experts Tell You What You Want to Know About High Blood Pressure. (with Elijah Sanders and W. Dallas Hall)
  • What? Dead…Again?. Rx Humor. 1979. ISBN 0-9639002-2-6.
  • Understanding Growth Hormone: New Discoveries to Help Very Short Children...Are They Also a Fountain of Youth?. Hippocrene Books. January 1993. ISBN 0-7818-0071-4. (with Letitia Sweitzer)
  • Finally: I'm a Doctor. Rx Humor. May 1993. ISBN 0-938289-32-2.
  • Better Health Care for Less. Hippocrene Books. July 1993. ISBN 0-7818-0122-2. (with Letitia Sweitzer)
  • High Blood Pressure: A Handbook for Survival. Dell Publishing. September 1993. ISBN 5-556-00514-1.
  • The Backyard Tribe. St. Martin's Press. March 1994. ISBN 0-312-10513-4.
  • What's in a Doctor's Bag?. Rx Humor. October 1994. ISBN 0-9639002-3-4. (with Sibley Fleming)
  • Under the Backyard Sky. Rx Humor. May 1995. ISBN 1-56145-093-6. (with Sibley Fleming)
  • Let's Play Doctor: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Physical Exam. Rx Humor. 1995. ISBN 0-945019-61-0. (with Edmond Moses and Daniel Adame)
  • Second Wind. Rx Humor. August 1995. ISBN 0-9639002-6-9. (with P. K. Beville)
  • The Germ Patrol: A book for all ages about shots for tots…and big kids, too!. Rx Humor. April 1998. ISBN 0-9639002-8-5. (with Todd Stolp and Robin Voss)
  • 101 Ways to Know If You're a Nurse. Rx Humor. 1998. ISBN 1-892157-00-4. (with Kristin Anlage)
  • Your Body's Red Light Warning Signs: Medical Tips That May Save Your Life. Dell Publishing. April 1999. ISBN 0-440-23461-1.
  • The Black Man's Guide to Good Health: Essential Advice for the Special Concerns of African-American Men. Hilton Pub. 2001. (with James W. Reed and Charlene Shucker)
  • Healthy Transitions: A Woman's Guide to Perimenopause, Menopause, & Beyond. Prometheus Books. February 2004. ISBN 1-59102-150-2. (with Edmund S. Kim)
  • Your Body, Your Health: How to Ask Questions, Find Answers, and Work With Your Doctor. Prometheus Books. September 2002. ISBN 1-59102-012-3. (with Rowena Sobczyk)
  • Spotless. Rx Humor. 2004.
  • The Great Face Off. Rx Humor. 2005. (with Allison Anderson)
  • The Real Origins of Doc Hollywood. AuthorHouse. May 2007. ISBN 978-1-4259-8860-9.
  • Get Between the Covers: Leave a Legacy by Writing a Book. Morgan James Publishing. 2008. ISBN 978-1-60037-315-2. (with Eric Spencer)
  • The Real Truth About Aging: A Survival Guide for Older Adults and Caregivers. Prometheus Books. June 2009. ISBN 978-1-59102-719-5. (with Michael Silverman and Adam G. Golden)


Book chapters[edit]


  1. ^ "2010–2011 Course Bulletin: Medicine". Emory University. 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Neil Shulman, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine". Emory University. 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  3. ^ "History: About ISHIB". International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  4. ^ Carey, Jr., Charles W. (October 2008). African Americans in Science: An Encyclopedia of People and Progress. ABC-CLIO. p. 399. ISBN 978-1-85109-998-6.
  5. ^ "Ethnicity & Disease Journal". International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  6. ^ "Board of Advisors". Global H.E.E.D. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
  7. ^ a b Poole, Sheila: "Grady dialysis patients to get care for 3 months," Atlanta Journal Constitution, September 28, 2009, accessed at on October 19, 2011.
  8. ^ "News Release: Emory Co-Hosts Medical Volunteerism Conference", Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 2, 2010, accessed at October 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Poole, Sheila M.: ""Glorbal Health and Humanitarian Summit at Emory", March 31, 2011, accessed October 19, 2011.
  10. ^ "2013 Global Health and Humanitarian Summit VIDEOS". Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  11. ^ "Biography for Neil B. Shulman". Internet Movie Database. 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.

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