Vincent T. DeVita Jr., M.D., is a professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health at Yale School of Medicine. He was the director of the National Cancer Institute and the National Cancer Program from 1980 to 1988. In 1988 he joined Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as the physician-in-chief. In 1993 he became the director of the Yale Cancer Center. At the NCI, he developed a cure for Hodgkin's lymphoma with combination chemotherapy, proving that advanced cancers could be cured by drugs. He's a former president of the American Cancer Society and the coeditor of Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, a textbook of cancer medicine. 

Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn has written for Discover, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, MedPage Today, Reuters, Self, More, Harper’s Bazaar, Health, and others. She is the author of The Empty Room: Understanding Sibling Loss, named one of the best books of 2004 by The San Francisco Chronicle and a finalist for The Books for a Better Life Award. She has a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a master’s in science writing from Johns Hopkins University.  She lives in New York City with her husband, the writer Paul Raeburn, and two sons.