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Exhale is the riveting memoir of a top transplant doctor who rode the emotional rollercoaster of losing and saving lives—up until the point when it was time for him to get out.
A young father with a rare form of lung cancer who has been turned down for a transplant by several hospitals. A kid who was considered not “smart enough” to be worthy of a transplant. A young mother dying on the waiting list in front of her two small children. A father losing his oldest daughter after a transplant goes awry. The nights waiting for donor lungs to become available, understanding that someone needed to die so that another patient could live.
These are some of the stories in Exhale, a memoir about Dr. Weill’s ten years spent directing the lung transplant program at Stanford. Through these stories, he shows not only the miracle of transplantation, but also how it is a very human endeavor performed by people with strengths and weaknesses, powerful attributes, and profound flaws.
Exhale is an inside look at the world of high-stakes medicine, complete with the decisions that are confronted, the mistakes that are made, and the story of a transplant doctor’s slow recognition that he needed to step away from the front lines. This book is an exploration of holding on too tight, of losing one’s way, and of the power of another kind of decision—to leave behind everything for a fresh start.
David Weill, MD.
Dr. David Weill is Principal and Founder of the Weill Consulting Group, a biomedical consulting group focusing on transplantation, lung disease, and healthcare-related investments. Dr. Weill has been involved in the transplant and advanced lung disease fields for over twenty years, directing programs and providing clinical care to those afflicted with significant lung diseases.
He has a track record of National Institute of Health awards to study novel therapies and diagnostic approaches and has numerous publications related to lung transplantation and advanced lung diseases.