Laura B. Vater, MD, MPH is a gastrointestinal oncologist, writer, and speaker. She has published a number of narrative medicine essays, is a member of the Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford, and is working on her first novel. 


In 2017, she developed and trademarked a tool to help patients and clinicians simplify and prioritize health (the SMILE Scale™). This tool is being used in schools and clinics in the US and UK. 

Laura earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Oncology at Indiana University. 


Laura enjoys hiking, reading, writing, gardening, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.