Dr. Lucy Kalanithi


Dr. Lucy Kalanithi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine and widow of Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue. She completed her medical degree at Yale, residency at University of California-San Francisco, and post-doc fellowship at Stanford's Clinical Excellence Research Center. In the 22 months between Paul's diagnosis and his death from stage IV lung cancer (2015), they continued to work as physicians (he as chief neurosurgical resident at Stanford) and had a baby daughter. At the cross-section of her medical career and her personal experience walking with Paul, she has special interests in healthcare value, meaning in medicine, patient-centered care and end-of-life care. She has been interviewed by PBS NewsHour, Charlie Rose, NPR's Morning Edition, yahoo news with Katie Couric, and the New York Times. She lives in the Bay Area with her daughter, Cady.