The following question drives and inspires me. How might we open up possibilities for people to feel and experience meaningful and dignified lives? This question emerged through my undergraduate studies as a human geographer, and I first examined it as a public radio and podcast producer for NPR and The On Being Project.
In the present and informed by my experiences in public radio, I aspire to practice that caregiving and possibility-opening through medicine — applying the precision and rigor of the sciences towards humanistic ends and in pursuit of the labor of a physician.
I completed Goucher College’s post-baccalaureate, premedical program and am a current M.D. candidate at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. I am drawn towards narrative medicine and medical journalism, committed to reducing racial disparities in health, increasing medical access for marginalized communities, and prioritizing humanism within medicine.
I’d love to be in dialogue about the nature and art of caregiving, ontologies of medicine, the “arts of living on a damaged planet” as coined by Anna Tsing, and how we might build resilient, flexible institutions for future generations navigating our increasingly precarious world.
Senior Producer, Co-Creator — Deep Cuts: Exploring Equity in Surgery
Deep Cuts is the newest podcast from the Department of Surgery at UChicago Medicine. Hosted by Dr. Janani (Jen) Vigneswaran, the show explores conversations happening in and outside of the operating room, between surgeons, that matter to patients, particularly on the South Side of Chicago.
Episodes for season 1 include topics ranging from trauma surgery and gun violence, vascular surgery and disparity in limb-sparing vs. amputation across insurance type, prostate cancer and the disparity in long term outcomes of Black men, colorectal surgery and anal cancer screening, as well as food deserts in bariatric surgery among many other topics.
Tony Liu is a MS1 at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a former public radio and podcast producer from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is currently based in Chicago, Illinois.
For The On Being Project, Tony produced the nationally-broadcast, Peabody-award winning program, On Being with Krista Tippett, and served as lead-producer and co-creator of the podcast, Poetry Unbound, which reached #1 in Apple Podcast's Arts Chart. Prior to The On Being Project, Tony worked as a producer for NPR's TED Radio Hour, Morning Edition, and RadioWest. His work has been featured in Outside Magazine, The New York Times, and The Guardian.
Tony graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 as a Morehead-Cain Scholar, where he studied human geography, anthropology, and religious studies. He completed his post-baccalaureate studies at Goucher College in 2021.