Archived Lecture: Personalized, Personalized Medicine: Lessons Learned from Chasing My Cure
Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Lecture presented by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, will share his journey of becoming a physician-scientist, disease hunter, speaker, and author of the national bestselling memoir, Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope Into Action. Dr. Fajgenbaum went from being a college quarterback to receiving his last rites while in medical school and nearly dying four more times while battling Castleman disease. To try to save his own life, he spearheaded an innovative approach to research through the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN) and discovered a treatment that is saving his life and others. Now, he is a spreading his innovative approach to other diseases such as COVID19 and sharing lessons he learned about life, hope, and resilience from nearly dying through Chasing My Cure.
This is a free event hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. The Timothy A. Johnson Medical Scholar Lecture Series hosts clinician scientists who are exploring frontiers of medicine. These lectures are principally intended for Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine students and Virginia Tech students in Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health graduate program. Virginia Tech and Carilion Clinic faculty, staff, and students may also attend.
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David Fajgenbaum, M.D., MBA, M.Sc.
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Translational Medicine & Human Genetics; Founding Director of the Center for Cytokine Storm Treatment and Laboratory; Associate Director of Patient Impact at the Orphan Disease Center at the University of Pennsylvania; and Co-Founder and Executive Director at the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network