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2018 Compassion and the Art of Medicine series begins

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The annual Compassion and the Art of Medicine series hosted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine will take place this fall.

The series is directed by Dr. Jo Anna R. Fields-Gilmore, assistant professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor, and is free and open to the public. All presentations begin at noon.

Funds for the series are provided by the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Maye E. (Pat) and Alan Lambert, M.D. '52, Family and Community Medicine Endowment.

The 2018 series includes:

“Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture – My Journey through Hurricane Harvey” – Dr. Stephen G. Kimmel (Sept. 7, Cullen Auditorium)

The Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture honors the memory of the first-year Baylor medical student killed in September 2000 and carries on his message of compassion and caring to successive generations of medical students and health professionals. The annual events include a lecture and day of community service by Baylor students.

Dr. Stephen G. Kimmel is a general and thoracic pediatric surgeon. He currently is serving as medical director of pediatric surgical services at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. He is widely published and a sought after speaker and presenter. Kimmel has contributed to global health by devoting his time and skills for Haiti earthquake relief.

“Initiatives in Global Health” – Dr. David Hilmers (Sept. 14, Kleberg Auditorium)

Dr. David Hilmers is a professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and in the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor. In addition to teaching, his clinical pursuits have included international HIV, pediatrics special needs, emergency medicine, tropical medicine, nutrition and inpatient internal medicine. His research interests in nutrition include micronutrient deficiencies, food fortification programs and the influence of malnutrition on infectious diseases. He currently is involved in the development of a rapidly deployable emergency pod and esophageal cancer screening tools with Baylor Global Initiatives. 

His greatest love is doing international volunteer medical service and disaster relief, and he has delivered care in more than 50 countries. His recent volunteer activity includes service in Liberia for two months during the Ebola outbreak, refugee assistance in South Sudan and in Bangladesh with the Rohingya population, and the development of a hepatitis B treatment program in North Korea, where he sees patients every three months. Prior to going to medical school he was a Marine Corps Colonel, aviator and electrical engineer and served as a NASA astronaut on four space shuttle missions, including the first after the Challenger accident.

“Refugee Care, Tuberculosis and Women’s Health in Public Health” – Tamisha Piper (Sept. 21, Cullen Auditorium)

Tamisha Piper is the program director of Refugee Health Screening Services for Harris County Public Health. Piper’s professional interests include public and refugee health. She is a certified physician assistant by the National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice in the state of Texas. In addition, she is a previous member of the American Association of Physician Assistants and the Texas Association of Physician Assistants (TAPA). She also has been a part of the TAPA continuing medical education committee in which she helped organize a professional conference for physician assistants. In addition to her many years of experience as a PA, Piper has several years of healthcare administration experience by managing the largest refugee screening program in Texas and third in the nation.

“Tania’s Deafblind Journey toward Success and the Inspiration for Touchbase” – Dr. Fareed Khan (Oct. 19, Cullen Auditorium)

Dr. Fareed Khan is associate professor and associate residency director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor. He serves as president of Touchbase Center for the Deafblind, a non-profit and day habilitation facility that aims to bring community and joy into the lives of adult deafblind individuals and those who care for them.

Khan and his wife of 30 years, Rubina, a pediatrician, have five children – three biological children, Tania, Sara and Asad, and two adopted children, Jennifer and Osvaldo. His oldest daughter, Tania, is deafblind. He and his wife are active in the deafblind community in Texas and are the recipients of numerous community awards.

“Spirituality in Medicine” – Dr. William Edwin Fann (Oct. 26, Cullen Auditorium)

Dr. William Edwin Fann began his medical career serving in a small-town, rural Alabama general practice setting. After subsequent specialty training in psychiatry and in the clinical pharmacology sub-specialty, he served on the full-time teaching faculty of Vanderbilt and Duke University medical schools in psychiatry and pharmacology.

He has been on the full-time faculty of Baylor College of Medicine since 1974, currently in the Departments of Pharmacology, Medicine, and Family and Community Medicine. He conducts the Poetry in Medicine elective and consults in one of the Healthcare for the Homeless clinics.

“Person-centered Thinking, Healthcare and Living Life!” – Laura G. Buckner (Nov. 9, Cullen Auditorium)

A licensed professional counselor and former special educator, Buckner is a frequent keynote presenter and trainer speaking on the state and national levels to a wide variety of audiences, including service professionals, educators, state agency staff, advocacy groups, self-advocates and families of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Her areas of expertise include person-centered practices, leadership and advocacy, trauma-informed care and supporting families and individuals with IDD to live lives they find meaningful with access to necessary supports and services. Her eldest son, David, diagnosed with a rare disease at three months old, lives with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is both impetus and inspiration for her work, not to mention a light of her life.

“The Threads That Unite Us: Be Kind to Your Patients and Be Kind to Each Other” - Dr. Ellen M. Friedman (Nov. 16, Cullen Auditorium)

Dr. Ellen M. Friedman is professor of otolaryngology and the director of the Center for Professionalism at Baylor. She has published more than 90 articles in peer reviewed journals, is on the editorial boards of a number of journals, produced a video for in Clinical Medicine for the New England Journal of Medicine and authored an essay in JAMA for the “Piece of my Mind” column called “You’ve Got Mail.”

Among many professional honors, Friedman was named the 2010 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine, which honors compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care. Last year, the American Broncho-Esophagological Association renamed one of its national awards the Ellen M. Friedman Award for excellence in Foreign Body Management, and she was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Texas Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery for her innovation in surgical excellence, research and education at Texas Children’s Hospital. Recently, she was acknowledged during Baylor’s Women’s History Month as a Woman of Excellence and also received the Baylor College of Medicine’s Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award.

More Information

For more information about Compassion and the Art of Medicine, contact Bridget Angel at or (713) 798-6590.

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