A Korean American Doctor’s Discoveries
About Culture, Identity, Running, and Patient Care

Chul Hyun’s charismatic memoir inspires us to keep pushing toward our goals, even later in life. In relatable anecdotes and heartfelt stories, he encourages everyone to take control of their lives and pursue their passions with purpose and determination. He offers a refreshing perspective on the power of introspection, emboldening others to ask themselves the tough questions and reflect on their growth and persistence.

Hyun’s story, from early childhood in South Korea, to arriving in the US as a nineteen-year-old immigrant, to his ever-evolving journey as a respected physician and marathon runner, reveals his enduring purpose and love of family. In his exploration of immigrants’ struggle to distinguish their own identity in a multicultural society, he shares valuable insights on how he created peace and harmony within himself.

Hyun’s late-career decision to earn an additional degree and transition to public health inspires midlife readers to continue pursuing their dreams. His central metaphor—life as a marathon, a long game that takes patience and perseverance—offers a motivating force readers can apply to their own lives.

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About the Author

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Chul Hyun is a Korean American physician, author, and long-distance runner. He has practiced gastroenterology in New York and New Jersey since 1992. Passionate about health equity, he has founded and served nonprofit community health organizations and published articles on ethnic health disparities in the US. He has published five books on digestive health and is a frequent speaker on various health topics.

Hyun earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins, PhD in biophysics from the University of Rochester, and MD from the University of Miami, and he completed postdoctoral training at Georgetown, Yale, and the University of Chicago. He recently decided to “shake things up” by earning a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.

An avid runner, Hyun has completed 115 marathons worldwide. Running helps him unwind and feel free. He lives in Palisades, New York, with his wife Miki and daughter Sarah.

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