The James McClellan Lecture

6TH ANNUAL LECTURE – Carol W. Cassella, Novelist, Physician


“Words at the Heart of Healthcare: how fiction can heal both patients and physicians”

We are pleased to announce that the speaker for our 6th annual lecture to be held October 15, 2016 will be Carol W. Cassella.

The lecture will be held at Kimball Theatre, Hunter Conservatory, Whitman College. There will be an opportunity to meet Carol from 6:30-7:00 PM. The lecture will begin at 7:00 PM.

Carol Cassella is a practicing physician and the national bestselling author of three novels, Oxygen (2008), Healer (2010), Gemini (2014). All were Indie Next Picks and have been published in multiple foreign languages. Her books have been finalists for the Washington State Book Award, and highlighted as top choices by Library Journal, BookList, Harpers Bazaar, People Magazine, Poets & Writers, Women’s Day, and USA Today, among others. She frequently appears as a speaker and teacher at literary events and conferences throughout the United States.

Carol majored in English Literature at Duke University and worked in publishing before attending medical school. She is board certified in both internal medicine and anesthesiology and wrote for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation prior to her career in fiction. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and other web and print sites. She is a board member of Seattle7Writers, a non-profit supporting literacy in the Pacific Northwest, and has served on medical organizations working in Nicaragua and Bhutan. Carol lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington with her husband and four children and is currently writing her fourth novel.





In honor of Dr. James McClellan and to celebrate his and deepen our understanding of Humanity in Clinical Care and Caregiving, we have created an annual Lectureship.

Dr. McClellan, in his years of practice at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, inspired many physicians, nurses and other caregivers with his dedication first to individuals as individuals, being an ever-gracious listener, being thoughtful, efficient, and practical and always available. Through his kindness and counsel he remains remembered and admired by those colleagues who shared patient care with him.

We will seek annually a speaker who is a clinician deeply respected for attention to human or humane values in the practice of his or her craft, to present an address on the theme of humanity in clinical care. While the lecture would primarily be directed to physicians, nurses, and other caregivers in our community, for every third lecture we would invite members of the public.

The Lectureship is organized and governed by an Administrative committee, including an ex officio member of the McClellan family. The Lectureship will be supported by an Advisory Committee that is to offer advice and counsel to the Administrative Committee.

We ask your contributions in support of the James McClellan Annual Lecture. Funds are administered by the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) Public Charity. Contributions are fully deductible to the extent of the law.

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