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ISM Conference Schedule

Emerging Themes in the Integration of Spirituality and Medicine
Monday, May 10, 2010

Schedule  and confirmed speakers for the daylong event included:

Dr. Ben Carson

Benjamin Carson, Sr., MD,  is one of the most famous and respected doctors in the world. Since the 1980s, his surgeries to separate conjoined twins have made international headlines, and his pioneering techniques have revolutionized the field of neurosurgery. Almost as important is that Carson has become a role model for people of all ages, especially children. Although he works thirteen-hour days and performs hundreds of operations a year, Carson makes time to spread his message that anything in life is possible, regardless of what color a person is or where he is from. Carson speaks from experience. He went from the inner-city streets of Detroit, Michigan, to the halls of Yale University, to Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2004 Carson was awarded the Healthcare Humanitarian Award because he has "enhanced the quality of human lives ... and has influenced the course of history through ongoing contributions to healthcare and medicine."  More recently he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is the subject of a film entitled, "Gifted Hands:  The Ben Carson Story."  He is a person of deep faith and compassion, and is an engaging speaker.

Dr. Nancy Hutton

Nancy Hutton, MD, is the Medical Director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care program and Director of the Intensive Primary Care Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, an interdisciplinary, comprehensive program for children with HIV and AIDS. Hutton is active in international efforts to integrate palliative care with antiretroviral therapy for children with HIV.   Board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hutton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. A member of many professional organizations and national committees, Hutton is the author of more than 45 peer-reviewed articles.

Dr. Linda Lee

Linda A. Lee, MD, is Board-Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.  In 1994, she joined the full-time faculty at Johns Hopkins University where she remains an Assistant Professor and is involved in gastrointestinal and cancer research, teaching, and clinical care. Dr. Lee lectures frequently in the community and to medical students and practitioners. Her medical practice uses a patient-centered approach in the treatment of gastrointestinal symptoms and promotion of optimal digestive health. Successful treatment and prevention of digestive symptoms can be achieved using an integrative approach that couples the best of evidence-based western medicine with the best of complementary medicine.  Her presentation is entitled, "Practice What You Preach:  How to Bring Spirituality to Clinical Practice."

Dr. Bill Nelson

William G. Nelson, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Oncology, Urology, Pharmacology, Medicine, Pathology, and Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a Joint Appointment in Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Nelson serves as the Marion I. Knott Professor and Chairman of Oncology and the Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.  For more than a decade, Dr. Nelson has directed a research laboratory focused on discovering new strategies for prostate cancer treatment and prevention, and manages a clinical practice focused on developing these new treatment and prevention approaches in early “proof-of-principle” prostate clinical trials.  Outside of Johns Hopkins, Dr. Nelson has also become a recognized leader in translational cancer research and in cancer prevention research.

Dr. Karin Neufeld

Karin Neufeld, MD, MPH, is Director of the General Hospital Psychiatry Consultation service for the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She is Assistant Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, with a specialty in Addiction Treatment Services.  She is working to sensitize candidates applying to medical school and to other faculty members on the committee to the special challenges and needs of patients with substance use disorders and the role of medical education in providing better care for these patients.  She is a frequent contributor to journals and other periodicals.  Her presentation is entitled, "Therapeutics of Hope."

Dr Peter Pronovost

Peter Pronovost,  MD, PhD, is the Medical Director of the JHH Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care, which supports quality and safety efforts at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals. He is a practicing anesthesiologist, and a renowned critical care clinician, educator and researcher.  In 2008 he won a "Genius Awards" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for his pioneering work in patient safety, and also was chosen by the editors of Time Magazine as one of their 100 most influential people for 2008.  Dr. Pronovost is a Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Departments of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, and Surgery); in the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Department of Health Policy and Management) and in the School of Nursing. In 2003 Dr. Pronovost established the Quality and Safety Research Group to advance the science of safety. Dr. Pronovost and his research team are dedicated to improving healthcare through methods that are scientifically rigorous and feasible at the bedside. Dr. Pronovost holds a doctorate in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr Cynda Rushton

Cynda Rushton, RN, FAAN, DNSc, is a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and an internationally recognized expert in bioethics and palliative care.   She also serves as the Program Director of the Harriet Lane Compassionate Care program at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Her clinical and research interests include ethical issues in clinical practice, particularly end-of-life decisions involving children, ethics education and consultation, and the unique ethical issues that arise in the nursing practice.  Dr. Rushton is a frequent national and international speaker and has provided leadership and service to a variety of professional associations and societies, health care institutions, and policy agencies.

The Rev. Clyde Shallenberger, DD, DHL, Chaplain Emeritus of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, served faithfully the staff and patients of JHH from 1963-1993.  Under his leadership the yearly "Institute on Ministry with the Sick" widened its scope in to include ministers and healthcare professionals beyond the immediate Baltimore area.  A Church of the Brethren minister, Rev. Shallenberger is a beloved member of the Hopkins community for whom a yearly lecture series on relevant topics in bioethics is named.

Dr Lillie Shockney

Lillie Shockney, MAS, BS, RN, is the University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer. An Associate Professor of surgery, obstetrics and gynecology in the School of Medicine, Ms. Shockney joined Johns Hopkins in 1983. In her role as administrative director of Hopkins Breast Center, a position she has held since 1997, she is responsible for the quality of care programs, patient education programs, survivor volunteer team, community outreach at a local, regional, and national level, and patient advocacy. She is an active clinical researcher with a focus on quality of life issues for survivors. Ms. Shockney has written eight books on the subject of breast cancer and is a nationally recognized public speaker on the subject. She has received 33 national breast cancer awards in recognition for being a pioneer in the field of breast cancer patient advocacy, patient empowerment and breast cancer leadership, and was recently inducted into the Maryland Women Hall of Fame.  Her presentation is entitled, "Understanding Healthcare Disparities."

Dr. Uwe Scharf

The Rev. Dr. Uwe Scharf, BD, STM, PhD, is the Director of the Pastoral Care Department of Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister and certified Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Supervisor.  He holds the Bachelor of Divinity from the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Rueschlikon, Switzerland; the Master of Sacred Theology from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana; and the Ph.D. in Religious Studies (Philosophical Theology) from the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville.   Dr. Scharf is the author of the book, The Paradoxical Breakthrough of Revelation: Interpreting the Divine-Human Interplay in Paul Tillich’s Work 1913-1964.  His presentation with Dr. Linda Lee is entitled, "Practice What You Preach:  How to Bring Spirituality to Clinical Practice."

Dr Dan Sulmasy

Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, a Franciscan Friar, is the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School at the University of Chicago, where he serves as Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.  He has previously held faculty positions at New York Medical College and at Georgetown University.  He received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Cornell University and completed his residency, chief residency, and post-doctoral fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1995.  He has served on numerous governmental advisory committees, and was appointed to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues by President Obama in April, 2010.  His research interests encompass both theoretical and empirical investigations of the ethics of end-of-life decision-making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine.  He is the author of four books—The Healer’s Calling (1997), Methods in Medical Ethics (2001; 2nd ed. 2010), The Rebirth of the Clinic (2006), and A Balm for Gilead (2006).   He serves as editor-in-chief of the journal, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.  His numerous articles have appeared in medical, philosophical, and theological journals and he has lectured widely both in the U.S. and abroad. 


Pat Fosarelli, MD, DMin, is assistant professor of pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is also associate dean and professor of spirituality and practical theology at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University.  She has authored for edited six books, including Prayers & Rituals at a Time of Illness and Dying (2008), and she lives in Baltimore.  Dr. Fosarelli has had a long history with the planning of past Spirituality and Medicine Institute conferences, and will be the speaker at the closing celebration of the ISM's 60th birthday.

See brochure for registration details.  Please make checks out to the Johns Hopkins Hospital Pastoral Care Department.