Thursday, May 11, 2023



 Michael Weiner, MD


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school, etc. Let them get to know the personal you.

I am a pediatric oncologist, philanthropist and author. He has been recognized and rewarded as the head of Pediatric Oncology and Vice Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital. He has made major significant contributions in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with leukemia and lymphoma and is nationally recognized as a leader in the field.

He is the founder of the Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund a 501(c)(3) charitable organization he began 25 years ago to support patients, families, special programs and research at Columbia. Other charitable endeavors include board membership on the Children’s Board at Columbia, Ronald McDonald Charities of New York, Medical Advisory Committee of Hyundai Hope on Wheels and as a consultant to the Valerie Fund charity of New Jersey. Dr. Weiner has deep knowledge of all aspects of philanthropy and charitable giving.

My first book “Living Cancer: Stories of an Oncologist, Father and Survivor” is an Amazon bestseller. This is my second book. I have edited several medical textbooks, including “Images of the Babies Hospital,” a chronicle of the 4th oldest children’s hospital in the United States, and the first and second editions of Secrets of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.


What inspired you to author this book?

My inspiration in writing this book evolved from a personal event I encountered at work. The circumstances were real, the repercussions real, but seemed to be harsh and certainly were not consistent with the so-called crime. The events demonstrate the power that resides without due process, and large institutions have no option, but to investigate and accept as fact without challenge. This is an example of GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN OTHERWISE.

Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?

Working with the publisher, Atlantic Publishing, we decided the cover should be on that immediately draws the potential reader to review the book cover. A cover with shock value



Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?

I enjoy writing and storytelling. At Columbia University there is a program, Narrative Medicine that I participated in. Writing is cathartic.

I felt it important to expose the truth of how large academic medical centers treat their employees at any level, physicians, senior management without an opportunity to refute baseless allegations. The medical center follows the course of least resistance regardless of whose career may be damaged.

What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get this book written?

The story was easy to write. The author knew the content he wanted to share and the events to expose. The story is based on real incidents that have been expanded and fabricated to enhance the flow of the narrative.

The story is true except where it is not.


Tell your readers about your book.

The book begins with an unfortunate incident that resulted in an angry outburst and profanity. The author delves into the etiology of the outburst on a personal level and through hard work was able to mitigate bad behavior through learned modification techniques. Therefore, there is a personal journey aspect and self-improvement component. As part of the improvement process the author explores all aspects of Anger and Temper. There is discussion about the history of anger, the hereditary aspects of anger, the anger gene and the management of anger.

It is an interesting journey

Who is your target audience, and why?

The target audience is adults. Although anger is primarily a male character trait and certainly men should read this book it is also a read that women will find interesting. Frankly, adults who work in an environment, large offices or small should read this book to understand the dyna mics of power in the workplace and the struggle to find balance.


What do you consider your greatest success in life?

Please see my bio. I have had success as a physician, philanthropist and author

What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?

The unique nature of the book is the author’s willingness to share personal experiences from his past with candor and honesty and to use these incidents to learn and mitigate behavior.