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Looking back at professor's personal lessons on life and death

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Air date: February 9, 2014

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Interview: Rich Frankel, Ph.D., director, Mary Margaret Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

Paul Helft, M.D., oncologist.



“Sound Medicine” on Feb. 9 features a retrospective on the lessons that Vincent Gattone taught his medical students about life and death while he underwent treatment for cancer.

Vincent Gattone, Ph.D., was a professor of pathology and instructor of gross anatomy at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The renowned researcher and teacher, father of five children and devoted husband died Jan. 22.

During the past eight months, Dr. Gattone joined “Patient Listening” host Rich Frankel, Ph.D., and his oncologist, Paul Helft, M.D., in the studio three times to discuss the progression of his disease, his career and personal life, and his decision to use his illness as a learning experience for his students. He presented his own case at grand rounds at IUSM.

Dr. Gattone received many honors, including the prestigious Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease from the International Society of Nephrology.