Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.
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Dr. Jenny Meyer, Neurologist at Upstate Medical University
Meet Dr. Jenny Meyer, an emerging neurologist who is following in the footsteps of renowned neurologist and author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, by treating her patients—not just the disease.
Dr. Dragos Mihaila, Neurologist at Upstate Medical University
Established physician Dr. Dragos Mihaila has specialized in the study of movement disorders for the last two decades. Learn more about Dr. Mihaila and how renowned neurologist and author, Dr. Oliver Sacks, has influenced the way he treats his patients.
Join audiences nationwide on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET, for a virtual celebration of American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life featuring highlights from the film and a panel discussion with Ric Burns (Director, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life), Kate Edgar (Executive Director, The Oliver Sacks Foundation) and Dr. Blanca Valdovinos (Director, Spanish Language Neurology Clinic, University of Rochester Medical Center) moderated by Jenna Flanagan (Host, MetroFocus, The WNET Group).
This event is presented by The WNET Group and 92nd Street Y in collaboration with PBS stations GPB, MPT, NMPBS, South Florida PBS, WCNY, WFSU, WHUT, WQLN, WVIA, and WXXI.
Register here to celebrate American Masters – Oliver Sacks: His Own Life from the comfort and safety of your home. The film screening and panel discussion will be open captioned.
WCNY in partnership with Upstate Oasis, presents the PBS American Masters documentary, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, LIVE virtual screening and discussion event April 6 at 4 p.m. on Zoom, sponsored by Geddes Federal. Join us in exploring the life and work of Oliver Sacks, watch clips from Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, and enjoy a live Q&A with an Upstate Neurologist, Dr. Jenny Meyer, all from the comfort of your home! The event is free, but registration is required.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity. The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015, and nearly two dozen deeply revealing and personal interviews with family members, colleagues, patients and close friends, including Jonathan Miller, Robert Silvers, Temple Grandin, Christof Koch, Robert Krulwich, Lawrence Weschler, Roberto Calasso, Paul Theroux, Bill Hayes, Kate Edgar, and Atul Gawande, among others. The film also draws on unique access to the extensive archives of the Oliver Sacks Foundation.