Lucy Kalanithi


What if we experienced death the way doctors do? 


Stanford internist Lucy Kalanithi is the widow of neurosurgeon and writer Paul Kalanithi, who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer at age 36. Shortly after his diagnosis, Paul wrote about his transformation from doctor to patient, and explored what makes life worth living in the face of death in his poignant memoir When Breath Becomes Air. After Paul died in 2015, Lucy completed his memoir and wrote its powerful epilogue. As a caregiver for her husband during all phases of his illness and as a practicing physician and a thinker on healthcare value, Lucy is dedicated to helping others choose the health care and end-of-life experiences that best align with their values. She lives in the Bay Area with her and Paul’s daughter, Cady.


Dr. Lucy Kalanithi: 'Two years on, the sting of losing Paul is finally fading'
Sanghani R. 2017.

Lucy Kalanithi: C-TAC 2016 National Summit on Advanced Illness Care
C-TAC. 2016.

When Breath Becomes Air
Kalanithi P. 2016.

Lucy Kalanithi
Charlie Rose LLC. 2016. 

Keeping Dr. Paul Kalanithi’s Voice Alive
Hafner K. The New York Times. 2016.

A Wife Finishes Her Husband’s Stunning Memoir of His Brief, Wondrous Life
Chase L. Elle. 2016. 

My Marriage Didn’t End When I Became a Widow
Kalanithi L. The New York Times. 2016.

"When Breath Becomes Air”: a dying doctor’s memoir teaches about love and loss
Couric K. Yahoo! News. 2016. 

Before I Go
Kalanithi P. Stamford Medicine. 2015.

How Long Have I Got Left?
Kalanithi P. The New York Times. 2014. 

Dr. Lucy Kalanithi: When Breath Becomes Air
The Commonwealth Club.

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