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Narrative Medicine Rounds: “The Search for Beauty at the End of Life,” A Talk by Haider Warraich, M.D.


Sep 05, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Faculty Club of Columbia University Medical Center, Physicians & Surgeons Building, 630 W. 168th St., 4th Floor, New York, NY

For our September Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Dr. Haider Warraich, whose book Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life (St. Martin’s Press, 2017), deepens and enriches the conversation about death and dying that’s been growing since the publication of two seminal books on the subject: Dr. Sherwin Nuland’s classic How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter and Atul Guwande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.

About Modern Death, Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene, and assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, writes: “Haider Warraich’s elegant and poignant book takes us on an unforgettable journey. A caring and thoughtful doctor, he also writes beautifully. He succeeds in humanizing a complex topic and gives us remarkable insights about the changing nature of ‘modern death.’”

Dr. Warraich, who graduated from medical school in Pakistan in 2009, did his residency in internal medicine at one of Harvard Medical School’s main teaching hospitals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is currently a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center. His medical and Op Ed pieces have appeared in many media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.

About Narrative Medicine Rounds
Narrative Medicine Rounds are lectures or readings presented by scholars, clinicians, or writers engaged in work at the intersection of narrative and health care. Rounds are held on the first Wednesday of each month during the Spring and Fall terms from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and are followed by a reception. Rounds are free and open to the public; no RSVP is necessary. Students, staff, faculty, patients, friends, and interested others are warmly welcome to attend.


Haider Warraich, M.D., cardiovascular diseases fellow, Duke University Medical Center