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Medical Storytelling at Its Best

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Published on Oct 15, 2012

October 10, 2012

Michael Vitez, staff writer, "Philadelphia Inquirer," and author, "The Road Back: a Journey of Grace and Grit," Philadelphia, PA

J. Forrest Calland, M.D., Department of Surgery, UVa

As a UVa undergraduate (Class of 2010), Pennsylvania native Matt Miller had a catastrophic, near-fatal cycling accident on the Skyline Drive while training for an Ironman triathlon. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Vitez's articles about Matt for the Philadelphia Inquirer led to his book, "The Road Back: A Story of Grit and Grace" (2012). Matt is now a third-year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, and this compelling narrative of his remarkable survival and recovery not only celebrates the strength and resiliency of the human spirit but also vividly attests to the power of medicine at its best. This Medical Center Hour, with Mr. Vitez and one of Matt's doctors, UVa surgeon J. Forrest Calland, suggests that the best way to explore and explain what's happening in medicine may be to tell stories of ordinary people--patients and professionals--facing extraordinary challenges, stories that start at the hospital bedside.

A John F. Anderson Memorial Lecture

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