All That Really Matters centers around a young surgeon’s attempts to satisfy expectations that are unattainable, causing him to lose sight of his passion for helping others.


The Description

Publication Date: June 11, 2024

Joe Bosco is an arrogant, hard-charging transplant surgeon whose ambition knows no bounds. He pursues his job with a take no prisoners approach and saving patients is not just his job, or even his passion—it’s his religion. After doing his surgical residency, he passes on a job offer from Stanford, instead taking a position at a private hospital in San Francisco which pays Joe an exorbitant salary and where the bottom line is…the bottom line. Joe leaves behind academic medicine, much to the chagrin of his father— a German Jewish Holocaust survivor who is a world-renowned neuroscientist and Nobel Prize winner—and his girlfriend, Kate, who sees Joe turning into a different man than the one she met at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Bosco makes it to the top as a star in the transplant world but soon realizes that the new world he inhabits is fraught with moral and ethical transgressions, some his partners commit and, eventually, some he commits. When the hospital administration sides against Joe in an operating room catastrophe, he is isolated, left with a career in shambles, a girlfriend who wants nothing to do with him, and a father who can’t hide his disappointment.

It is not until his life spins out of control that Joe must come to terms with his own failings and find his true purpose in life…in the most unlikely of places.

The Review

From an early age, Dr. Joe Bosco has tried to live up to the expectations set by his demanding father, only to fall short.

His story unfolds in a first-person narrative beginning with his graduation from medical school. From there, author David Weill traces the young transplant surgeon’s actions in All That Really Matters.

Because Joe’s accomplishments have never seemed good enough for his father, he pushes himself harder to achieve more. Along the way, he and his girlfriend find themselves at a crossroads because of career demands.

When Joe joins a lucrative private practice transplant team, the underbelly of the industry becomes evident. His efforts to succeed put patients at risk, ultimately ending in a tragedy.

While his career crashes and burns, there’s an in-depth focus on relationships. Joe’s efforts to chart a new path forward provide plenty of challenges, leaving readers to cheer him on.

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About The AuthorDr. Weill is the former Director of the Center for Advanced Lung Disease and Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program at Stanford UniversityMedical Center. He is currently the Principal of the Weill Consulting Group which focuses on improving the delivery of pulmonary, ICU, and transplant care.

Dr. Weill’s writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal,USA TodayNewsweekthe Chicago Tribunethe Washington PostThe Hill, and the Los Angeles Times. He also has appeared on FoxCNNthe New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Weill’s memoir Exhale: Hope, Healing, and A Life in Transplant was published in May of 2021. His debut novel, All That Really Matters, will be published in June of 2024.

Dr. Weill divides his time between New Orleans and Alys Beach, FL with his wife Jackie and two daughters, Hannah and Ava, and their dogs, Lucy and Frannie.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


  1. Thank you Amy! I’ve read the book as well, and I think you did an amazing job with the review. Personally, I’m excited that David’s book is exposing more of the “underbelly” as you say in the medical world, which might help spark a movement to bring humanity back to healthcare. I’m looking forward to seeing what other books you recommend, and thanks again! Jen


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All That Really Matters centers around a young surgeon’s attempts to satisfy expectations that are unattainable, causing him to lose sight of his passion for helping others.5-STAR REVIEW: ALL THAT REALLY MATTERS by David Weill