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Pulitzer Prize-winning oncologist to lecture

The Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar on Humanism in Medicine will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre. The keynote speaker will be Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., author of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer.”

In his book, Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths told through the eyes of his predecessors and peers. The oncologist, researcher and author is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. A former Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, Oxford University (where he earned a Ph.D.) and Harvard Medical School.

Mukherjee’s articles have appeared in Nature, The New York Times, New England Journal of Medicine, New Republic and other publications. His book will be featured this month in “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” a new three-part PBS documentary by Ken Burns.

The Cindy Wool Memorial Seminar is sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona in conjunction with the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Cindy Wool, the late wife of Dr. Steven Wool, died of acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2008.  Her husband and others established the seminar the following year.

This year’s evening event is $36; tickets may be purchased at foxtucsontheatre.org. A free noon lecture with Mukherjee, open to UA students and faculty, will take place in the DuVal Auditorium at the UA Medical Center.  Register at specialevents@ medicine.arizona.edu. At 6 p.m., a VIP reception will be held at the Fox Tucson Theatre. The cost is $100 and includes a ticket to the 7 p.m. lecture. Book sales and signings will follow each program.

For more information, contact Bryan Pisetsky at 577-9393, ext. 126, or bpiset sky@jfsa.org.