Dr. Alan Haber on how telling stories has helped—and not helped—patients

Dr. Alan Haber on how telling stories has helped—and not helped—patients

I find that sharing something personal can level the playing field—but whether people want that or not can be a little harder to say. 

I find that sharing something personal can level the playing field—but whether people want that or not can be a little harder to say. 

Lung specialist Dr. Alan Haber may not define himself as a storyteller, but he's certainly found a way of capturing some of the most poignant moments from his years as a physician.

He took second place in a storytelling competition hosted by the Annals of Internal Medicine, and he's published columns in prominent medical journals that explore his family history, personal triumphs and tragedies, and the quandary of sharing personal stories with patients.

Andy and Emily met with Dr. Haber at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, where he is the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine and the Director of the ICU.


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