The Only Winner in War is Medicine

Friday, January 19, 2024

Co-hosted by Yale Healthcare Club of China, Yale Club of Beijing, and Yale Center Beijing. 

Yale Spotlight on Science Series
Bringing discovery from Yale to China, hosted by Yale Center Beijing.

The Yale Spotlight on Science Series feature distinguished scholars from the Yale community who speak on the most cutting-edge topics in science. 

Event Time

January 19, 2024 | Friday
6:45 am - 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time (EST)
January 19, 2024 | Friday
7:45 pm - 9:00 pm China Standard Time (CST)


Participation Format 


Registration is required to obtain a ZOOM Conference access link, which will be sent to your registration email or phone shortly. Please enter the ZOOM room 15 minutes before the starting time. When the room is full, latecomers will not be able to access the ZOOM conference. 


Registration and Fees

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Ticket: Free.



The language of the event will be English.


The Event

The history of medicine is replete with advances made by hard-working maverick doctors who, through intelligence, serendipity, and perseverance, made astonishing progress against humankind’s deadliest diseases. Yet surgeon and award-winning author Andrew Lam '98 says one factor spurred more medical breakthroughs than any other -- War.

On Jan. 19, 2024, physician, author, and Yale College alumnus Andrew Lam will share the most riveting stories from his latest book, The Masters of Medicine: Our Greatest Triumphs in the Race to Cure Humanity's Deadliest Diseases. He will reveal how D-Day, Luftwaffe bombing raids, and top-secret Liberty ship cargo during WWII bequeathed humanity innovations in surgery, cancer treatment, and trauma care that still serve us today, and will also share about his career balancing medicine and literature. 


Please refer to the book introduction for details:

The Speaker


Andrew Lam '98
Retina surgeon and Author
Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Andrew Lam, M.D., is a retina surgeon and the award-winning author of The Masters of Medicine: Our Greatest Triumphs in the Race to Cure Humanity's Deadliest Diseases. His prior books include: Saving Sight, an Amazon bestseller about his surgical career, and Two Sons of China and Repentance, both novels of the Second World War. Before attending medical school he earned a history degree from Yale University. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. He is currently an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Health & Medicine

Public Event