November 23, 2011
A conversation with local Stanford legend, Larry Zaroff, professor, writer, and doctor, on medicine and the human condition.
Outro Music: Sigur Rós, "Starálfur"
Zaroff is a Senior Research Scholar with the Center for Biomedical
Ethics and also a Consulting Professor in the Department of
Anesthesiology and the Program in Human Biology. Recently, he was
selected to receive the Human Biology Award for Excellence in Faculty
Advising. He has also been chosen as Associated Students of
Stanford University (ASSU) Teacher of the Year. He teaches courses in
medical humanities, including the core medical humanities course for
the medical school's Biomedical Ethics and Medical Humanities scholarly
concentration. His research interests have included pacemaker
development, connections between literature and medicine and the
history of medicine.
He was a cardiac surgeon for twenty-nine years and a mountain climber
for ten before coming to Stanford to complete his Ph.D. He
also writes a column for the science section of the New York Times, and
works as a volunteer family doctor at the Marin Health and Wellness