Formerly a Professor of Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Lerner has an extensive bibliography dealing with aspects of bioethics, medical history, narrative medicine and medical humanities. His writing appears in the New York Times and other widely read venues, and his books have received significant attention. His book The Breast Cancer Wars (2002) received the Washington Irving Book Award, and in 2006 it was noted by the American Association for the History of Medicine as one of the most outstanding books in the field of medical history within the preceding five years. When Illness goes Public (2007) also received the Washington Irving Book Award.
Dr. Lerner’s most recent book has had exceptional reviews (One for the Road: Drunk Driving Since 1900, 2011). Dr. Lerner is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, has been a Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has held the Angelica Berrie Gold Foundation faculty position from 1993 to the present for fostering humanism in medicine. Dr. Lerner has received honors for his teaching efforts and is a highly regarded clinician and educator.