Physician and caregiver
A Conversation with Lucy Kalanithi
John Thompson History of Medicine Lecture
Lucy Kalanithi, MD, is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, neurosurgeon and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. An internal medicine physician and faculty member at the Stanford School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, she completed her medical degree at Yale, residency at the University of California-San Francisco, and a postdoctoral fellowship in healthcare delivery innovation at Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center. At the cross-section of her career as a medical professional and her personal experience alongside her husband during his life, diagnosis, treatment, and death, Dr. Kalanithi has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care, and end-of-life care. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, NPR Morning Edition, and Yahoo News with Katie Couric, and been interviewed for People, NPR, and The New York Times.