Grief as His Guide: A Conversation with Dr. Joseph D. Stern

May 22, 2019
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In this episode, we meet Dr. Joseph D. Stern and learn about his remarkable journey from neurosurgeon to caregiver and back to neurosurgeon. He is the author of the powerfully raw, incredibly insightful, and tremendously moving New York Times essay “Grief as My Guide: How My Sister Made Me a Better Doctor” in which talks about his sister Victoria’s diagnosis of acute leukemia, her unsuccessful bone marrow transplant, and her death. Dr. Stern has since become an outspoken advocate for greater compassion and empathy in health care.