Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A conversation with local Stanford legend, Larry Zaroff, professor, writer, and doctor, on medicine and the human condition.

 

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Larry 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 Clinic.