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On 'Sound Medicine': Looking back at professor's personal lessons on life and death

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INDIANAPOLIS — “Sound Medicine” on Feb. 9 features a retrospective on the lessons that Vincent Gattone taught his medical students about life and death while he underwent treatment for cancer.

Vincent Gattone, Ph.D., was a professor of pathology and instructor of gross anatomy at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The renowned researcher and teacher, father of five children and devoted husband died Jan. 22.

During the past eight months, Dr. Gattone joined “Patient Listening” host Rich Frankel, Ph.D., and his oncologist, Paul Helft, M.D., in the studio three times to discuss the progression of his disease, his career and personal life, and his decision to use his illness as a learning experience for his students. He presented his own case at grand rounds at the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Gattone received many honors, including the prestigious Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in the Understanding of Polycystic Kidney Disease from the International Society of Nephrology.

Dr. Frankel is director of the Mary Margaret Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

“Sound Medicine” covers controversial ethics topics, breakthrough research studies and the day-to-day application of recent advancements in medicine. It’s also available via podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter.

Co-produced by the IU School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) and underwritten in part by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, “Sound Medicine ” airs on the following Indiana public radio stations: WBSB (Anderson, 89.5 FM), WFIU (Bloomington, 103.7 FM; Columbus, 100.7 FM; Kokomo, 106.1 FM; Terre Haute, 95.1 FM), WNDY (Crawfordsville, 91.3 FM), WVPE (Elkhart/South Bend, 88.1 FM), WNIN (Evansville, 88.3 FM), WBOI (Fort Wayne, 89.1 FM), WFCI (Franklin, 89.5 FM), WBSH (Hagerstown/New Castle, 91.1 FM), WFYI (Indianapolis), WBSW (Marion, 90.9 FM), WBST (Muncie, 92.1 FM), WBSJ (Portland, 91.7 FM), WLPR (Lake County, 89.1 FM) and WBAA (West Lafayette, 101.3 FM).

“Sound Medicine” is also broadcast on these public radio stations across the country: KSKA (Anchorage, Alaska), KTNA (Talkeetna, Alaska), KUHB (Pribilof Islands, Alaska), KUAF (Fayetteville and Fort Smith, Ark.), KIDE (Hoopa Valley, Calif.), KRCC (Colorado Springs, Colo.), KEDM (Monroe, La.), WCMU (Mount Pleasant, Mich.), WCNY and WRVO-1 (Syracuse, N.Y.), KMHA (Four Bears, N.D.), WYSU (Youngstown, Ohio), KPOV (Bend, Ore.) and KEOS (College Station, Texas).

Please check local listings for broadcast dates and times.