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David Casarett, MD MA

Dr. David Casarett is a palliative care physician and health services researcher. His work focuses on improving systems of care for people with serious, life-threatening illnesses. In September, he will assume the role of Professor of Medicine at Duke University and Chief of Palliative Care for the Duke University Health System, where he will lead Duke's population-based palliative care initiative. Dr. Casarett’s large body of work has been published in numerous journals, including JAMA and The New England Journal of Medicine. His writing has also appeared in print and online in Salon, Esquire, Discover, and Wired.

Dr. Casarett is a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the U.S. government to researchers in the early stages of their careers. He is also the author of three non-fiction books, the most recent of which was Stoned: A Doctor’s Case for Medical Marijuana, published in 2015 by Penguin Random House. His first novel in the Ethical Chiang Mai Detective Agency series, Murder in the House of Rooster Happiness, will be published in September 2016.