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Cancer Moonshot On June 29, 2016, in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fox Chase Cancer Center hosted a Regional Cancer Moonshot Summit — launching President Obama’s edict to double the rate of progress in cancer science during the next five years. Representing the Mid-Atlantic region, the Fox Chase summit was timed to coincide with the national summit, led by Vice President Joseph Biden in Washington, D.C. Biden’s address was live-streamed. “This history-making effort marks the first time that all cancer stakeholders are convening under one national charge,” said Richard Fisher, MD, President of Fox Chase, who hosted the summit with Wafik El-Diery, MD, PhD, Deputy Director for Translational Research. The summit featured three panel discussions and drew such dignitaries as Joanne Grossi, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At the invitation of the White House, Temple oncologist Deric Savior, MD, attended the national summit in Washington, D.C.

Michael Vitez

Tell Me a Story


ichael Vitez, a prize-winning journalist who wrote for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 30 years, has joined the Lewis Katz School of Medicine as Director of Narrative Medicine. In this role, he will expand the school’s humanities curriculum by teaching electives in storytelling and reflection. “My mission is to become a ‘story engine,’ encouraging students, staff, and patients to write their stories. Stories have the power to heal, to bring people together,” says Vitez, who will focus on the human side of medicine. Many medical schools recognize narrative medicine’s value. Columbia University offers a Master of Science degree in the field.

“There’s more to medicine than technical knowledge,” says Larry Kaiser, MD, FACS, President and CEO of Temple University Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine. “We deal with difficult situations, and to be able to put one’s thoughts and feelings into words is very important.” Medical storytelling is familiar territory for Vitez, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1997 for his work documenting critically ill patients and the decisions they faced during their final days. “You build community when you tell stories,” says Vitez. “You underscore what’s important: our humanity, our compassion, our resilience.”

Vitez Says In addition to helping Temple tell stories, Michael Vitez is telling stories himself. To explore the struggle of a passenger who spent 77 days in Temple’s ICU after the 2015 Amtrak train derailment (and to read other work by Vitez), go to Look for additional artful writing by Vitez in this magazine, starting in the spring.



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