Siddhartha is a pioneering physician, oncologist, and author best known for his books, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which earned him the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and The Gene: An Intimate History which won international awards and was recognized by The Washington Post and The New York Times as one of the most influential books of 2016. The Emperor of All Maladies has also been adapted into a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns, and was included among Time magazine’s 100 best nonfiction books of the past century.
Siddhartha is currently an associate professor at Columbia University, Division of Hematology and Oncology and serves as a staff cancer physician at the university’s medical center. His studies around the composition and behavior of cancer cells have helped advance modern medicine and has enabled the development of treatments that reach beyond current pharmaceutical models toward new biological and cellular therapies. He writes for the New Yorker, The New York Times, among others, has received numerous awards for his scientific work, and has published his original research and opinions in journals such as Nature, Cell and the New England Journal of Medicine. Siddhartha studied biology at Stanford University, obtained a Ph.D. from University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and an MD from Harvard University.