Born, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Daniel spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an Emergency Room Physician in an major teaching hospital. In his ‘off’ time, he writes and manages a dual career. He is the author of six books, and his seventh will be released in June 2012. Daniel’s books have been translated into eleven languages to date, and Pandemic and Resistance have 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, The Far Side Of The Sky, weaves 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. Stirring and fast-paced, it is 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. It has been short-listed for the 2012 Ontario Library Association’s award for favorite readers’ book.
Daniel is a keynote speaker at cultural societies, medical conventions, interdenominational events, universities, women’s organizations and book clubs. He 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 was interviewed on national TV on the Vicki Gabereau Show.
Daniel received his B.Sc. in mathematics and his MD from the University of British Columbia, where he is now an assistant clinical professor and the Physician Operations Leader for St. Paul’s Emergency Department. He is married and the proud father of two girls in a home predominated by the XX chromosome (even his beloved Labrador retriever, Lola, is female.)