14 May, 2021

Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Smart Doctor - 43 years | New York

Jitender Gupta
Siddhartha Mukherjee

Doing ground-breaking cancer research and writing a Pulitzer Prize-winning book are probably amongst the toughest things in the world but Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee has done both. Now, he is collaborating with filmmaker Ken Burns on a documentary inspired by his powerful book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. The film will be directed by award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman and air on pbs in Spring 2015.

Mukherjee, 43, spent a decade on writing the 600-page book about mankind’s enemy—the all-powerful emperor, cancer, “a lethal shape-shifting entity imbued with such penetrating metaphorical, medical, scientific and political potency” that it continues to outwit the world. In the documentary, Mukherjee is collaborating with Stand Up To Cancer and WETA, Washington DC, to create nothing short of a national conversation about cancer with public screenings and online discussions across the US.

With cancer, the fight seems very personal for Mukherjee. As The New York Times put it,...

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