Meet Dr. Harpham

A 25 Year Survivor

Born, raised and educated in New York, she moved to Texas in 1979 to complete her post-graduate training in internal medicine. In 1983, she opened a solo practice at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas where she combined modern technology with old-fashioned caring. Based on her belief that well-informed patients do better and feel better, she developed teaching tools to educate her patients about their illnesses and treatments.

Dr. Harpham told her patients she’d care for them until she retired on her 80th birthday. But her dream was shattered in 1990 by her diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was only 36 years old.

When on-going illness forced Dr. Harpham to retire from clinical medicine in 1993, she turned to writing as a way to continue to educate, comfort and inspire patients. From her useful perspective as a physician-patient, she has been sharing her hard-won insights and tips for getting good care and living as fully as possible.

Wendy Harpham speaking in front of National Cancer SurvivorsIn addition to her books and articles for patients, Dr. Harpham writes a regular column, View from the Other Side of the Stethoscope, for a professional publication, Oncology Times.

Known for her personal blend of engaging stories and humor, Dr. Harpham has become a nationally recognized keynote speaker for survivorship conferences and celebrations, as well as medical Grand Rounds and medical symposiums.

Dr. Harpham’s lymphoma is currently in a longstanding remission. But aftereffects—including limited stamina—prevent her from returning to clinical medicine. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing her violin, visiting with her three grown children and embracing life with her husband, Ted, professor and associate provost at the University of Texas at Dallas. She looks forward to expanding her collection of commemorative thimbles, which represents all the cities in which she has done work to help patients become Healthy Survivors.

View the Texas Woman's Hall of Fame Honoree Video on Dr. Harpham
Read CURE magazine's story on Dr. Harpham, "Cancer Chronicles"