The inaugural lecture was delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Padma Shri awardee Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee.
About the Speaker
The inaugural lecture was delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Padma Shri awardee Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee. He is a pioneering physician and oncologist and serves as a professor of medicine at Columbia University and as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center. His work has generated hope for countless patients and families around the world, while revolutionizing our blueprint for healing.
About The Lecture
Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee spoke about how cancer in the 50s was a stigmatized illness with patients facing potent forces of discrimination, fear and neglect. “When anyone was diagnosed with cancer, the blame for the disease was carried by the person themselves. Patients with cancer were pushed to the back of the hospital. Mental health issues carry a similar stigma.” His recommendations centered around three forces which he felt were needed to come together to address the mental health crisis – political, social and biological.