Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

2017 Healthy Nevada Speaker Series

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

You asked us to "bring on the science." Well, consider the science "brought." Join us Nov. 15 for an evening with leading cancer physician and researcher Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., PhD. Weaving science, social history and personal narrative, Mukherjee will tell the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, animating the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

Mukherjee is Pulitzer-Prize winning author, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician at the CU/NYU Presbyterian Hospital. In his most recent text, "The Gene: An Intimate History," he has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer.

"This is perhaps the greatest detective story ever told - a millennia-long search, led by a thousand explorers, from Aristotle to Mendel to Francis Collins, for the question marks at the center of every living cell." - Anthony Doerr, author of "All the Light We Cannot See"

Throughout the narrative, the story of Mukherjee's own family-with its tragic and bewildering history of mental illness-cuts like a bright, red line, reminding us of the many questions that hang over our ability to translate the science of genetics from the laboratory to the real world. Riveting, revelatory, and magisterial history of a scientific idea coming to life, and an essential preparation for the moral complexity introduced by our ability to create or "write" the human genome, "The Gene" speaks to everyone concerned about the definition and future of humanity. This is the most crucial science of our time, intimately explained by a master.

Ten years in the making, his first book, "The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer" is a magnificent "biography" of the shape-shifting and formidable disease that has plagued and riddled humanity for thousands of years. Now the subject of a Ken Burns documentary, Mukherjee approaches this crucial subject with the passion and fixation of a biographer and the flourish of a novelist. "The Emperor of All Maladies" is a story that touches on the brilliance, tenacity and serendipitous discoveries that frequently make scientific history.

"Mukherjee's debut book is a sweeping epic of obsession, brilliant researchers, dramatic new treatments, euphoric success and tragic failure, and the relentless battle by scientists and patients alike against an equally relentless, wily, and elusive enemy." - Publishers Weekly starred review

A Rhodes Scholar, Mukherjee graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School and was a Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and an attending physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron, Journal of Clinical Investigation, The New York Times, and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.