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Picchi Memorial Lecture Features Author Victoria Sweet, MD, on February 21, 2013

The 23rd annual Picchi Memorial Lecture on February 21, 2013, will present Dr. Victoria Sweet, author of "God's Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine." The event at the Fontaine Auditorium of the Health Education Center will begin at 4 p.m. with a reception following the lecture.

Samuel Merritt University President Sharon Diaz will deliver welcoming remarks, and Joseph Picchi, Esq., Chair of the Picchi Advisory Committee, will introduce Dr. Sweet.

Dr. Sweet is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a prize-winning medical historian with a PhD in history and social medicine. She has practiced medicine for more than 20 years at Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, which is where she began writing.  The author of many notable, published pieces, Dr. Sweet's most recent book, "God's Hotel," is raising awareness and inspiring discussions on how medical care and treatment are delivered in the United States. 

Dr. Sweet has received numerous honors, including the Shryock Medal, the Estes Award, and the Stannard Memorial Award.

"Victoria Sweet is a master storyteller and a consummate physician.  Her beautifully written stories from the frontline of healthcare document the struggle of all modern-day healers to hold fast to the immortal soul of medicine despite the pressures of economics, the self-interest of politics, and the reductionism of science," said Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, author of "Kitchen Table Wisdom" and 1997 Picchi Speaker.

The Picchi Memorial Lecture Series, which began in 1990, is made possible by the Picchi Education Fund. Contributions to the Picchi Education Fund help purchase books, videos and other materials for the John A. Graziano Memorial Library at Samuel Merritt University.  The Library is open to the community at large and maintains the latest information on many health-related topics.  The Picchi Education Fund also helps provide a computer database offering information on diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, nutrition, maternal/child care, back care, arthritis, hypertension, sexually transmitted diseases and more.  The Picchi Education Collection, housed in the John A. Graziano Memorial Library, is supported by generous donations.


Dr. Victoria Sweet