Julie Wurth is a reporter covering the University of Illinois at The News-Gazette. Her email is jwurth@news-gazette.com, and you can follow her on Twitter (@jawurth).

The keynote speaker for Friday’s event in Urbana, an emergency-room physician who has written books, appeared on national talk shows and is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor, talked with The News-Gazette about his journey, his heroes and his advice for young people.

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