Documentary about neurosurgeon facing death nominated for Emmy

Paul Kalanithi
Paul Kalanithi

The much-praised documentary about the late neurosurgeon PAUL KALANITHI‘s perception of time while living with terminal cancer has been nominated for a News and Documentary Emmy Award, presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The Emmy presentations will be on Sept. 21 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

The video, “A strange relativity: Altered time for surgeon-turned-patient,” was nominated in the New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture category, along with pieces by the New York Times, the Center for Investigative Reporting, National Geographic Magazine and PBS. The video was produced by MARK HANLON, video director of the medical school’s Office of Communication & Public Affairs.

The video was an online companion to an essay by Kalanithi published in the Spring 2015 issue of Stanford Medicine magazine. In the essay and the video, Kalanithi described how his perception of time changed as a first-time father and doctor-turned-patient facing a terminal diagnosis. Kalanithi, who never smoked, was diagnosed with stage-4 lung cancer at age 36 in May 2013. The essay and video were published just a few weeks before he died on March 9, 2015.

Kalanithi graduated from Stanford in 2000 with a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Human Biology. After earning a M.Phil at the University of Cambridge and an M.D. at Yale, he returned to Stanford for residency training in neurological surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience. He earned the American Academy of Neurological Surgery’s highest award for research. His book, When Breath Becomes Air, is a New York Times best-seller.

Hanlon produced, photographed and edited the video and wrote and performed the film score. Hanlon recently won a Gold Award in the category of Long General Information Videos from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

See the video. Read more at the Stanford Medicine News Center.