Emile Allen, M.D.Normally it’s the patient who is at risk in an operating room, but during one surgical procedure, Dr. Emile Allen was electrocuted and nearly died. The event had far-reaching repercussions on Allen’s life; he went from performing intricate surgical procedures to struggling just to do simple things such as counting change at the grocery store or reading a book.

Allen has has written a book about his experiences, “Eaten By The Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life.”

Tiger is a collection of stories that recount Allen’s years of hard work and study to become a surgeon – and then his experiences as a patient (which include frustrating encounters with the health care system).

The brain brain injury he suffered during a split-second accident in the operating room not only changed his career but also his identity and capabilities.

He remembered hearing a voice telling him: “I’m not ready for you yet. You have more work to do.” He had no way of knowing the challenges he would face or how many times he would hear those words…

Allen describes the journey of self-discovery he took during his long recovery. He ran the gamut of emotions from shock and denial to full-blown depression. While learning to meditate on vacation in Fiji, he heard ‘the words’ again and was transcended to such a peaceful state of mind that his perception of the rest of the world was heightened. He had truly found the meaning of being “Eaten By The Tiger.”

Those who have experienced a loss or are struggling with life’s daily challenges may find inspiration in Allen’s insights.


Dr. Allen is a graduate of Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics. He is the former Chairman of Urology and Vice Chairman of Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA.  As a retired urologist, Dr. Allen has turned his passion for helping others into inspirational speaking and writing, touching more lives than he ever could have as a surgeon.

Sherry Skidmore, Ph.D., Professor of Forensic Psychology: “The stories are magnetic, gripping. They pulled me through the book every step of the way.”

Donna Kennedy, English Professor and Professional Editor: “Wow!  I’m an editor and read books everyday for a living.  I couldn’t put [this book] down. The stories are evocative and made me feel like I was right there talking to Dr. Allen. He is a writer and it’s obvious he found his true passion.”

Harry Wilkins, III, M.D, Attending Trauma / Surgical Critical Care Attending, Quincy Medical Group: “After reading this book, everyone is going to use the phrase Eaten by the Tiger. Emile you nailed it. This book is a grand slam!”

Sid Vaidya, Former VP of IBM, Founder/Chairman, The Diamonds of Diversity: “In clear and simple language, [book] describes the process of letting go of the emotional and physical baggage in your life… poignant stories illustrate how to transform yourself into a better you. This is one of the most meaningful books I have ever read, and I highly recommend it as a must have book for your library.”

Jeanette Grace: “As a professional writer for over 20 years, I found [this] to be captivating and evocative. Vivid descriptions pulled me into…each story and elicited a visceral and emotional response that not many writers can accomplish…found myself laughing, crying and being shocked by your real life stories…not only engaged my imagination but also demonstrated how to live an empowered life. Thank you, Dr. Allen, for sharing your life with us. Your courage is an inspiration to all of us.”

Pompey Stafford, Investment Advisor: “Since I have recently lost my son, I resonated deeply with Dr. Emile’s life stories and insights. My son’s passing has left a chasm in my heart and soul so wide and deep, that words can’t describe…[book] enhanced my faith and will to move forward but not forget the love and joy my son gave…captivating read with extraordinary stories from his life.”