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TOWN HALL Lecture Series: Siddhartha Mukherjee
Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., is a leading cancer physician and researcher. He is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. His first book, The Emperor Of All Maladies, is a story that touches on the brilliance and tenacity that frequently make scientific history—and also on the serendipitous discoveries. He approaches the subject of cancer with the passion and fixation of a biographer and the flourish of a novelist. Mukherjee tells these stories with the grand sweep that marks The Emperor Of All Maladies as a work of major literature, seamlessly weaving significant moments in cultural history into the narrative. Audiences will be moved by Mukherjee’s observations about his own coming of age as a physician—especially in his thoughtful consideration of his patients as they soldier through toxic, bruising, and draining regimens to battle a disease that fully envelops their lives. In his most recent text, The Gene: An Intimate History, Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.