Samuel Hellman - "Learning While Caring" - Mark Siegler

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Samuel Hellman, MD discusses Learning While Caring: Reflections on a Half-Century of Cancer Practice, Research, Education, and Ethics. He will be joined in conversation by Mark Siegler, MD.

At 57th Street Books

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About the book: In the last half century, a revolution in biology and medicine has taken place, bringing about emerging practical, philosophical, and societal issues with which academia in general, and medicine and oncology in particular, must grapple. One witness to this revolution is Samuel Hellman, a radiation oncologist who has served as Dean of the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago; Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Can- cer Center; Chair of Radiation erapy at Harvard Medical School; President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology; President of the American Society of erapeutic Radiology and Oncology; and co-editor with Dr. Vincent DeVita of seven editions of Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, the premier oncology text in the world.

Learning While Caring offers a collection of Dr. Hellman's essays and articles, in which he delves into the issues brought about by advances and changes in medicine over the last fifty years. The essays are organized into ve sections: Medical Ethics and Learning; Academic Medicine; Research; Perceptions of Cancer and Heroes." Each section is introduced by a new commentary from Dr. Hellman on the historical aspects and current significance of the issues presented in that section's essays. Throughout, Dr. Hellman interweaves reflections on major aspects of his professional career and the times in which they occurred as examples of the challenges and controversies that confront oncology, medicine, and academia. The book concludes with "Summing Up," reviewing changes in medical practice and biological science and concluding that, despite these huge changes, certain things remain the same, especially the primary obligation of the doctor to the patient and the need to seek and test new knowledge. Dr. Hellman writes, "We are currently at the end of the beginning of the revolution in biology and medicine resulting from the understanding of how genetic information was passed generationally. Our capacities are far greater now but the essence of medical practice and our responsibility to the patient remains the same.

About the author: Samuel Hellman, M.D., A. N. Pritzker Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Hellman served as Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine and Vice President for the Medical Center from July 1988 to June 1993.  He was Physician-in-Chief of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases from 1983-1988.  He concurrently held the Benno C. Schmidt Chair in Clinical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  In addition, Dr. Hellman was Professor of Radiation Oncology at Cornell University Medical College from 1984-1988.  Before joining Sloan-Kettering, Dr. Hellman served as Chairman of the Department of Radiation Therapy at the Harvard Medical School where he was the Alvin T. and Viola D. Fuller - American Cancer Society Professor.  He was Director of the Joint Center for Radiation Therapy at the Harvard Medical School.  During the same period, he served simultaneously as chief or director of radiation therapy at a number of major hospitals in Boston.  Dr. Hellman has been active in both clinical and laboratory investigation.  He has been involved in studies of breast cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma.  The breast cancer studies are of conservative management and the natural history of regionally treated disease.  Both of these studies emphasize the importance of understanding the clinical evolution of the disease in order to develop effective multidisciplinary therapy. His laboratory investigations centered on the cell kinetics of the hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells.  Dr. Hellman has written on the possible interference with the doctor-patient relationship by clinical research and managed care.  He is the author or co-author of over 300 scientific articles in his field and co-editor of the standard textbook on cancer, Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology through the 7th edition.

Dr. Hellman served as Chairman of the Board of Allegheny College (1987-1993), where he received his BS degree Magna Cum Laude in 1955.  In 1959 he received his medical degree from State University of New York, College of Medicine at Syracuse.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now the National Academy of Medicine), a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of: the American College of Radiology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society for Radiation Oncology.  Dr. Hellman is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research He formerly served on the Boards of Directors of Varian Medical Systems, Vantage Oncology, InSightec, the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee of The Brookings Institution and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research.  He received the 1980 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for Clinical Research of the American Association of Cancer Research. He received honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Allegheny College and from the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse (SUNY).  He is an honorary Member of the Canadian Association of Radiologists and the recipient of the medals of the City of Paris and of the University of Helsinki.  Dr. Hellman has served as president of both the American Society for Radiation Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.  He is the recipient of the Gold Medals of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, The American College of Radiology, the del Regato Foundation and the Karnofsky Medal of American Society of Clinical Oncology.  Dr. Hellman is also the recipient of the American Society for Radiation Oncology Roentgen Centennial Hartman Orator Medal and the Claudius Regaud Medal of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology.

About the interlocutor: Mark Siegler, MD, is the Lindy Bergman Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Chicago, Founding Director of the University of Chicago's MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and Founding Executive Director of the Bucksbuam Institute for Clinical Excellence.


Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637