One Community/One Book 2009: The Author

Publicity photograph of author Pauline ChenPauline Chen, MD

Pauline W. Chen was educated at Harvard University and Northwestern University Medical School and completed her general surgery training at Yale University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the UCLA Physician of the Year Award in 1999 and the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale for “most exemplifying empathy, kindness, and care in an age of advancing technology.” Her book, Final Exam: A Young Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality, was published by Knopf in January 2007. Her website is at

Selected articles by Pauline Chen

Does Oversight Threaten the Doctor-Patient Relationship? New York Times, February 26, 2009

The Hidden Curriculum of Medical School, New York Times, January 29, 2009

Where Have All the Doctors Gone? New York Times, December 11, 2008

Dead Enough?: The Paradox of Brain Death, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2005

The Gross-Out Factor, Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 2007