Author, ethicist Daniel P. Sulmasy to speak at Spring Hill College March 24

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 9:15am

MOBILE, Ala. – Daniel Sulmasy, a Franciscan friar, internist, ethicist and author, will be the featured speaker at the 2011 Suarez Lecture scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24 in Byrne Memorial Hall at Spring Hill College.

Sulmasy is widely recognized as a bridge between medicine and theology.  His talk, "Hope and Healing: A Spirituality of Health Care," will be based on chapters still in progress for his upcoming book.

Sulmasy is the Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Ethics in the Department of Medicine and Divinity School and associate director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. 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.  Sulmasy received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University.

In addition to his practice and writing, Sulmasy has served on numerous governmental advisory committees, including his recent appointment by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.  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" (2001,2010),  "The Rebirth of the Clinic "(2006), and  "A Balm for Gilead "(2006) and more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles on topics including the ethics of stem cell research, physician assisted suicide, informed consent and surrogate-decision making, Sulmasy has lectured widely both in the U.S. and abroad and serves as editor-in-chief of the journal "Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics".

His work in spirituality is focused primarily on the spiritual dimensions of the practice of medicine.  He is often consulted by other doctors and the media as an expert on controversial biomedical decisions.

The Suarez Lecture, Spring Hill College's first annual lecture series, was started in 1965 by Tau Omega, the college philosophy club. The series brings nationally known scholars to lecture on topics that alternate between philosophy and theology. It is named in honor of Jesuit philosopher and theologian Francisco Suarez (1548-1617).

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the Theology Department at (251) 380-4458.