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Award-Winning Surgeon Speaks at Simmons College, Feb. 4

BOSTON (January 26, 2009) — Award-winning physician, and author Dr. Pauline Chen will speak Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Simmons College.  The lecture, "Why I Write: Confessions of a Transplant Surgeon," will be held in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston.  It is free and open to the public.

Chen is passionate about improving healthcare, with a particular focus on end-of-life patient care.  She is author of Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Morality, a book that focuses on palliative patient care and the way surgeons deal with the death of a patient.

Chen is the recipient of numerous awards including the UCLA Outstanding Physician of the Year Award in 1999 and the George Longstreth Humanness Award at Yale University.  She completed her general surgery training at Yale University and specializes in liver and kidney transplants and the treatment of cancer.

Chen is the 2009 Simmons College Eileen Friars Leader in Residence.  The program, established in 2001 with a gift from Simmons alumna Eileen Friars, invites senior women executives to Simmons to address a broad range of business and leadership issues.  While on campus, Chen also will meet with students and faculty, and visit classes.

Simmons College is a nationally recognized private university located in the heart of Boston.  It offers an undergraduate education for women, and graduate programs for women and men in social work, health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, and communications management, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women.

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