Pam Belluck, Staff Writer, The New York Times; Author, Island Practice
Belluck presents a spirited true story of a colorful, contrarian doctor on the world-famous yet idiosyncratic island of Nantucket. Dr. Timothy Lepore is surgeon, coroner, football team doctor, tick expert, unofficial psychologist, accidental homicide detective and occasional veterinarian. He has treated Jimmy Buffett, Chris Matthews, and Kennedy relatives, but makes house calls to a hermit in the forest and lets people pay in oatmeal raisin cookies. He carves scalpels from obsidian and tackles everything from "toe-tourniquet syndrome" to horses with Lyme disease. He espouses conservative views while performing abortions and giving patients marijuana cookies. Come learn about what his story has to teach us about today's health-care landscape, about the medical care we want, and about preserving individuality in a cookie-cutter world. Island Practice is being developed into a television series for CBS.
MLF: Health & MedicineLocation: SF Club OfficeTime: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signingCost: $20 standard, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)Program Organizer: William GrantAlso know: In association with Operation Access