Speaking From The Heart

Sunita Puri, MD

In coming to terms with the difficulties of communicating heartbreaking news to individuals and their families, palliative care physician Sunita Puri learned to listen—to her patients, to cultural cues and to her own spirituality and intuition. Adapting soft language for tough topics, the self-described “accidental linguist” infuses her perspective in ways that reshape end of life conversations to more humanely consider the subtleties of our differences as a bridge to better understanding our shared impermanence.

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About the Speaker

Sunita Puri, MD is the Medical Director of the Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care Service at the Keck Hospital and Norris Cancer Center of the University of Southern California, where she also serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee. Sunita’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Slate and the Journal of the American Medical Association. Her first book published in 2019, That Good Night, recounts the patient stories Sunita experienced in medicine, intertwining them with childhood memories and the importance of finding a common language to address illness and suffering.