Dr. Sally Burbank

Doctor by day, author by night

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Thanks for stopping by! As a primary care internist, I have doctored thousands of patients for over thirty years. By sharing their lives, I vicariously acquired countless inspiring stories and life lessons. I captured these stories in a blog. Feedback was so positive, I published seven of these stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and then into a book entitled, Patients I Will Never Forget. (Note: for those worried about HIPAA privacy violations, I obtained signed consents from all living patients and altered all names and occupations to protect their privacy.)

When I noticed how stressed out and overwhelmed many of my patients were from caregiving parents or spouses with Alzheimer’s Disease, I began a 2-year quest to research everything I could about taking care of loved ones with dementia. I read dozens of books and scholarly journals, interviewed nurses and caregivers at nursing homes and Abe’s Garden (a top memory-care center in Nashville). I then collaborated with Sue Pace Bell, a woman who had successfully taken care of both her mother and husband with dementia, to write The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Handbook: What to Remember When They Forget. The book is now available from Amazon in paperback and e-book format.

My more creative side has penned fiction for decades. I have honed my writing through conferences, writing groups, critique partners, (and the heartless red ink of editors!)  I am proud to release my first novel, Can You Lose the Unibrow?, a clean romantic comedy about a frumpy woman physician who attempts to find love online. Can You Lose the Unibrow? is the first of a 5-book series called Ladies in Lab Coats. Each stand-alone book will feature a woman physician as the protagonist.

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Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Handbook

Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Handbook

The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers’s Handbook

A comprehensive guide to help those caring for a loved one with dementia. Learn practical advice from those who have “been there, done that.”

Patients I Will Never Forget

Patients I Will Never Forget


Hilarious and inspiring stories of Dr. Sally Burbank's most memorable patients in her 25 years of medical practice. Illustrated with cartoons and famous quotations.

Can you lose the Unibrow

Can you lose the Unibrow


A frumpy physician and a nerdy accountant with a unibrow team up as accountability partners to help each other find love online.



Dr. Burbank has penned two non-fiction books. Patients I Will Never Forget recants humorous and inspiring stories from her 30-year career as a primary care doctor. The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver’s Handbook: What to Remember When They Forget is a comprehensive guide for those taking care of loved ones with dementia. Section I reviews the disease itself, Section II provides tested advice from seasoned caregivers, and Section III outlines what caregivers must do to take care of themselves and prevent burn-out and exhaustion.



A comprehensive guide to help those caring for a loved one with dementia. Get the inside scoop from experienced nurses and  caregivers who have learned the hard way what works and what doesn't. The book starts with a review about Alzheimer’s, how it is diagnosed, its symptoms, expected progression, current treatment, and research findings. It then jumps into practical advice from those who have “been there, done that”.


Patients I’ll never forget

In her twenty-five years as a primary care internist, Dr. Sally Burbank has seen everything—lunatics, criminals, hypochondriacs, and even a Cocker spaniel! By popular demand, she has penned a collection of humorous and inspiring true stories to forever capture these memorable encounters. The antics of a demented octogenarian and a dimwitted patient named "Bob" will leave you laughing out loud. Her disastrous attempts to combine medicine with motherhood will reveal a new side to ladies in lab coats. The inane ICD-10 codes and decisions of insurance companies will leave you shaking your head in disgust. Stir in a wheelchair-bound, legally blind dialysis patient who insists on serving others until her last dying breath, a comatose leukemia patient miraculously healed, and an unfortunate soul doomed to chopping onions forty-hours a week, and you are guaranteed to laugh, cry, and tell your friends about this amazing book. Hilarious cartoons and quotations relevant to each story add icing to the cake, and make Patients I Will Never Forget a must-read for anyone who enjoyed All Creatures Great and Small.


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Ladies in lab coats series

Dr. Burbank is writing a 5-book series of clean romantic fiction which all feature women physicians as the protagonists. The series is called “The Ladies in Lab Coats.” She has currently completed book one, Can You Lose the Unibrow?
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Can you lose the unibrow?: Book 1 Ladies in Lab Coats

Fat, frumpy, forty-year-old physician seeks handsome, smart, Shakespear aficionado. Hmm. Hardly the dating website bio to woo a husband, but Dr. Sheri Morris is determined to find true love before her biological clock ticks out. Enter nerdy, unibrowed Greg Palmer, who decides to practice his rusty dating skills on the dowdy doctor before pursuing a serious wife contender. The unpromising duo forms an accountability pact called "Operation Soulmate", where they agree to mentor each other as "friends only", while they shape up and seek out perfect spouses. Greg agrees to lose his outdated haircut and ghastly unibrow, while Sheri commits to losing thirty pounds and toning down her hair. Four months into their grueling transformation, Greg meets the woman of his dreams online. That's when Sheri realizes she's fallen in love with Greg.What now? Make him jealous or seek out someone new? Will Sheri and Greg discover their true soulmate before it is too late? The course of true love never did run smooth ... William Shakespeare


More than a hunch: Book 2 Ladies in Lab coats

When Dr. Libby Holman’s patient, Sophia Romano, nearly dies after a routine dose of chemotherapy, Libby is convinced the drug was tainted. After all, Sophia tolerated the first five rounds without a problem.

Sophia’s son, prosecuting attorney Marcus Romano, doesn’t buy the doctor’s lame excuse—not one bit! He suspects Libby botched the dose, thereby poisoning his mother. Can you spell L-A-W-S-U-I-T?

Is it malpractice, a manufacturer’s mishap, or foul play?

Libby and Marcus struggle to work together, hampered by her fear of malpractice and his suspicion of medical incompetence. Despite their mutual dislike and mistrust, they find themselves attracted to one another.

After uncovering a promising lead, Libby’s life gets threatened. By whom? Why?

As they race to discover the truth before Libby—or more patients—are harmed, will they also discover love?


Hearts heal in Haiti: Book 3 Ladies in Lab Coats

Grayson Stockdale III, a Vanderbilt University surgical resident, begrudgingly accepts a three-month tropical medicine rotation at an impoverished hospital in rural Haiti to improve his chances of securing the prestigious “Chief Surgical Resident” position. Imagine his disgust when he spots Allison Smith, his main rival for the job, also at the Port-au-Prince airport. So much for one-upping the competition!

Allison Smith is equally annoyed to discover she’ll be stuck working with the privileged snob from a wealthy family. With no maid, BMW, or air conditioning, she can only hope Mr. “Silver-Spoon-in-his-Mouth” will be on a flight out of Haiti within a week.

As the two rivals face thieves, cholera, and a crazed witch doctor together, will their mutual dislike evolve into respect— and love?

Who will land the Chief Surgical Resident position? Will it destroy their budding friendship? Two doctors. One job? Who wins?


Love has no color: Book 4 Ladies in Lab coats

When four-year-old Luke McQuiddy is abandoned in a Nashville hospital, he winds the heart of his pediatrician, Dr. Angela Turner. Angela’s fiancé, Victor, insists she should butt out and let the police and social workers handle the case. But not getting involved is not in Angie’s DNA, and when the unthinkable happens, Angie feels compelled to help Luke.

Her escalating involvement in Luke’s case could destroy her relationship with Victor, but if she backs off, what will become of Luke? Will he be doomed to a life in foster care? 

A white child and a black doctor. Does it matter, or does love have no color?

An abandoned child. A committed doctor. The police should handle it…but that’s not Angie’s style.


Squeakers Meets His Match: Book 5 Ladies in Lab Coats

After he chomps through one pair of shoes too many, dermatologist Dana Thompson signs up her unruly puppy, Squeakers, for dog obedience school.

Westminster dog show judge, William Masters, is roped into teaching the class when his mother breaks her ankle one week before the classes start. William loves dogs, but Squeakers in in a breed of his own——demon-possessed!

When Dana notices a suspicious mole on William’s neck, the lives of dermatologist and dog trainer intertwine in more ways than just dog leashes.

Can a dog obedience flunk and a dog training guru find more to chew on than bathroom slippers? Has Squeakers finally met his match?