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Narrative Medicine Rounds: The Cost of Healthcare: A Talk by Elisabeth Rosenthal


Nov 01, 2017 - 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 November Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome back Elisabeth Rosenthal, who is Harvard-trained medical doctor and veteran journalist, first with The New York Times and currently editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, the independent foundation funded reporting project focusing on health and health policy news. Dr. Rosenthal will talk about what she discovered researching and reporting the way healthcare has become a business in the last 25 years and many of the lessons she learned while writing An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back.

Elisabeth Rosenthal spent 22 years as a correspondent at The New York Times, where she covered a variety of beats from healthcare to environment to reporter in the Beijing bureau. While in China she covered SARs, bird flu and the emergence of HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Her two-year-long series for the Times, “Paying Till it Hurts” (2013–2014), won many prizes for both health reporting and its creative use of digital tools. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School and briefly practiced medicine in a New York City emergency room before converting to journalism.

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.


Elisabeth Rosenthal, Editor-in-Chief, Kaiser Health News