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Barron H Lerner, PhD, MD

Barron H Lerner, PhD, MD

Angelica Berrie-Gold Foundation Associate Professor, Medicine Sociomedical Sciences
Associate Professor, Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons

Barron H. Lerner is the Angelica Berrie-Gold Foundation Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Lerner received his M.D. from Columbia in 1986 and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington in 1996. His book, The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America," published by Oxford University Press, received the William H. Welch Medal of the American Association for the History of Medicine and was named one of the 26 most notable books of 2001 by the American Library Association. Dr. Lerner has published extensively in scholarly journals and contributes essays to the Washington Post, Slate and the Science Times section of The New York Times. His latest book, "When Illness Goes Public: Celebrity Patients and How We Look at Medicine," which was
published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in November 2006, won the Washington Irving Book Award from the Westchester Library Association. In addition to his research, Dr. Lerner practices internal medicine and teaches medical ethics and the history of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center.

Education & Training
 University of Washington, MA, 1992
 Columbia University, MD, 1986
 University of Pennsylvania, BA, 1982

Center for the History of Ethics of Public Health

Contact Information

722 W 168th Street, 9th Floor
New York , NY 10032
USA Phone
work: 212-305-5154
fax: 212-342-1986
Email : bhl5@columbia.edu

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Selected Published Works

Lerner BH. “I was the first”: revisiting a paediatric heart transplantation. Lancet. 2008;371:1158-1159.

Lerner BH. Curing formerly fatal childhood cancers. Lancet. 2008;
371: 1655-1656.

Lerner BH. The new cigarette. Slate, September 24, 2007.

Lerner BH. In a lifetime of sickle cell, the evolution of a disease. New York Times, October 9, 2007, F5.

Lerner BH. The body electric’s new look. Slate, January 3, 2008.

Lerner BH. A strong dose of reality. Washington Post, February 27, 2008, C8.


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