Remembering Graboys, Who Was 'Born A Doctor' — A Doctor Who Would Later Fight His Own Illnesses

Download Audio

Boston cardiologist Dr. Thomas Graboys was known not only for his love of medicine, but also for the intimate attention he paid to his patients.

His former colleague Dr. Bernard Lown spoke about Graboys in 2008, saying, "You’re made a doctor and you’re born a doctor. Tom was born a doctor."

The 70-year-old Graboys had not been seen in public for some time, as he fought Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Back in 2008, we visited Graboys and his wife, Victoria, to discuss his book, "Life in the Balance: A Physician's Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson's Disease and Dementia" on Morning Edition. He died on Jan. 5.

To hear the full interview from 2008, click on the audio player above.

This segment aired on January 19, 2015.


Headshot of Bob Oakes

Bob Oakes Senior Correspondent
Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



More from WBUR

Listen Live