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Writing, Medicine, and Testimony: A Scientist as a Humanist

Followed by a Conversation with Thomas P. Sakmar, M.D.

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Lewis Thomas Prize
Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., D.Phil., assistant professor of medicine, Irving Cancer Research Center, Columbia University

Siddhartha Mukherjee’s impulse for taming vast and daunting subjects has powered his career as an oncologist, a scientist, and a writer. Prompted by the realization that no comprehensive history of cancer existed, he decided to write one. The product of this enterprise, The Emperor of All Maladies, takes the reader through the twists and turns of the 4000-year journey that we are still undergoing with this disease. The book won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Dr. Mukherjee subsequently wrote The Laws of Medicine and The Gene: An Intimate History. His thought-provoking essays in The New Yorker and The New York Times brim with information, insight, and intimacy.

For his incisive and inventive research, and his effective efforts to educate lay readers, Dr. Mukherjee is being presented with the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. On April 22, 2019, Dr. Mukherjee will engage in conversation with Thomas P. Sakmar, M.D., the Richard M. and Isabel P. Furlaud Professor at The Rockefeller University where he heads the Laboratory of Chemical Biology and Signal Transduction.

As member of the faculty at Columbia University, Dr. Mukherjee practices medicine and conducts research that may lead to better treatments not only for cancers of the blood, but also for osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. He earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University and finished his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, where he was also a Rhodes Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Columbia, Dr. Mukherjee went to Harvard Medical School, where he specialized in oncology.

Brandon Fleischer
(212) 327-8689
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Refreshments, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Abby Lounge and Dining Room
Brandon Fleischer
(212) 327-8689

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