Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Daniel spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an Emergency Room Physician in a major teaching hospital. In his ‘off’ time, he writes and manages a dual career. He is the author of nine books, which have been translated into eleven languages to date, and his Shanghai trilogy has been optioned for feature films. A three-time finalist for the Spotted Owl Award for the Pacific Northwest’s best mystery novel of the year, Daniel has been dubbed ‘the next Michael Crichton’ by the Chronicle Herald.
The idea for his first medical thriller, Pandemic, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addiction, prions, DNA evidence, pandemics and patient abuse. Kalla’s sixth book, Of Flesh And Blood, is a multigenerational family drama, featuring a fictional West Coast hospital and interwoven storylines.
His latest novel, Nightfall Over Shanghai, completes his Adler-family historical trilogy. The novels weave together intrigue, medical drama and romance to bring to life the extraordinary and little-known chapter of the Second World War, when the cultures of Europe and Asia converged in Shanghai. Stirring and fast-paced, they are a grand, sweeping account of a world in tumult and a moving saga about the value of family and courage in the darkest of times.
Daniel has appeared on or in ABC, NBC, FoxNews, CNN, CBC radio, The National Post, City TV, The Vancouver Sun, Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. He was featured on the front page of the Globe & Mail review section and has been interviewed on national TV on Global, CTV and CBC.
Daniel received his B.Sc. in mathematics and his MD from the University of British Columbia, where he is now an clinical associate professor and the department head of a major urban ER. He the proud father of two girls and a female black lab.