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Lawrence Irving Zaroff

Lawrence Irving Zaroff (650) 723-2651
Personal bio
Following his residency and two years in the U.S. Army Surgical Research Unit, Larry Zaroff has had five careers. He focused for 29 years on cardiac surgery, includ- ing a stint as director of the cardiac surgical research laboratory at Harvard. There his work centered on the development of the demand pacemaker. He spent the next 10 years concentrating on climbing and did a first ascent of Chulu West, a 22,000-foot peak on the Nepal-Tibet bor- der. His third life has been at Stanford, where he received a Ph.D. in 2000, and where he teaches courses in medical humanities. His fourth career has been as a writer, publishing in the NYT science section, Pharos, Pulse, Atrium, The Hektoen International Journal, and others. He now works one day a week as a volunteer family doctor. He has received awards as the outstanding faculty advisor for the Human Biology program and in 2006 was honored as Stanford's Teacher of the Year.

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