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Dr. Lucy Kalanithi    

Clinical Instructor of Medicine

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is 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 that spent 12 weeks at #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestsellers list, to which she wrote the epilogue. A Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine, Dr. Kalanithi completed her medical degree at Yale, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society, her internal medicine residency at the University of California-San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship training in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center.

At the cross-section of experiences as a physician and a caregiver, she has interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life care. Dr. Kalanithi is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and an honoree of Mass General Cancer Center's the one hundred. She was a speaker at TEDMED in 2016 and has appeared on NPR, PBS Newshour, Yahoo News with Katie Couric, The New York Times, Elle and Charlie Rose. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her daughter, Elizabeth Acadia.

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