Born with hemophilia in a time before effective therapies existed and having experienced treatment complications including hepatitis C and HIV, Dr. Eric Winer spent much of his childhood and young adulthood in and out of the hospital. Today, he is the Director of Yale Cancer Center and President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the largest organization of clinicians caring for cancer patients. An internationally renowned expert in breast cancer, his research has immensely impacted how breast cancer is now treated. In this episode, Dr. Winer shares his path to oncology and his insights from being a lifelong patient on stigma, compassion, and empathy.
In this episode, you will hear about:
How growing up with hemophilia led Dr. Winer to the field of medicine - 1:50The patient that cemented Dr. Winer’s dedication to oncology as his life’s work - 7:55Dr. Winer’s reflections on how his experiences as a patient shape his work as a doctor - 12:52Facing the reality of caring for patients with terminal illness - 18:21How Dr. Winer grounds the care he provides in the humanism of each patient - 23:49Dr. Winer’s mission and vision as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology - 25:49How leading by example is critical to cultivating a strong, respectful, and collaborative institutional culture - 31:02Dr. Winer’s advice to medical students and new clinicians on maintaining a connection to meaningful work - 33:12
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