Lucy Kalanithi

What makes life worth living in the face of death

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About Lucy Kalanithi

Lucy Kalanithi is an internist on faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine and the widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir When Breath Becomes Air, a meditation on mortality and meaning which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and has been translated into over 40 languages. Lucy completed her medical degree at Yale, her residency at the University of California-San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship training in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. Lucy is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an honoree of Mass General Cancer Center's the one hundred. She was a TEDMED 2016 speaker and is on the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board. She has appeared on NPR, PBS Newshour, Yahoo News with Katie Couric, The New York Times, Elle, and Charlie Rose. She lives outside San Francisco with her daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.

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Stanford internist Lucy Kalanithi is the widow of neurosurgeon and writer Paul Kalanithi, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at age 36. In Lucy's 2016 TEDMED Talk, she shares the perspective their family gained during Paul's difficult transition from doctor to patient. 

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