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Research Project

The Living Mortal Project

Project Team:

2014 – 2015

Project Summary

This project asked: How do humans negotiate mortality? How might a broadly humanistic model for the care of patients in the end of life help doctors prepare for engaging with profound questions of mortality?

Research Team

Monica Malec

Monica Malec

Section of Geriatrics, Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Chicago

Dr. Malec is interested in palliative care in oncology, complex cancer pain and symptom management, symptom management and quality of life in malignant pleural mesothelioma and advance care planning.

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Jesse Soodalter

Jesse Soodalter

Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Jesse A. Soodalter, MD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. A palliative care specialist, Dr. Soodalter provides specialized outpatient medical care with a focus on relief from the symptoms and stress of cancer and...

David Wray

Portrait of David Wray

David Wray

Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the College

University of Chicago

David Wray is the author of Catullus and the Poetics of Roman Manhood (Cambridge 2001), a coeditor of Seneca and the Self (Cambridge 2009), and is currently writing Ovid at the Tragic Core of Modernity. His research and teaching interests include Hellenistic and Roman poetry (especially...

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