Episode for October 9, 2022

Episode 699: Dr Calvin Sun / The Monsoon Diaries

Hello there and happy day to you! Today’s episode is very special because my guest is a former player of mine when I was a junior high lacrosse and soccer coach at a prestigious private school in Manhattan in the late 90s. As it turns out he became a pretty amazing person who has traveled to over 200 countries and saved thousands of lives as an ER doctor in New York City. He’s written a book about his life and travels and you get to hear us connect for the first time in over 20 years and share what we meant to each other so long ago. I think you will really like today’s show!

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Dr. Calvin D. Sun is a board-certified Physician specializing in Emergency Medicine, a public speaker, author, activist, and travel writer based in NYC. He has worked at multiple emergency departments — most notably during the COVID-19 pandemic — as well as large-scale events primarily across the NYC metropolitan area.

The Monsoon Diaries: A Memoir Published by HarperCollins with a foreword by Lisa Ling, The Monsoon Diaries is the firsthand account of Dr. Calvin Sun’s work on the front lines in multiple hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Drawing upon the lessons he learned from his adventures traveling to more than 190 countries in ten years, as well as from the grief he experienced as a teen when his father died, Dr. Sun shares his journey, from growing up as a young Asian American in New York to his calling first to medical school and then to the open road.

He believes that the fight for a better world creates meaning when all feels meaningless, and he hopes that telling his story will help readers reframe this tragic moment in our lifetimes into possibility, with the goal of building a more empathetic society.

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