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Villanova University Theology Institute Welcomes Renowned Bioethics Scholar, Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD on April 11

Sulmasy will present a lecture on “Medicine as a Spiritual Experience,” in Driscoll Auditorium on Main Campus

VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Theology Institute at Villanova University has invited Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, to deliver his lecture, “Medicine as a Spiritual Experience,” on Thursday, April 11 from 4:30 to 6 pm. The lecture will be held in the Driscoll Hall auditorium and is open to the public.

Dr. Sulmasy 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 received his A.B. and M.D. degrees from Cornell University, his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown University, and his internal medicine training at Johns Hopkins University. He is co-director of the University of Chicago’s new Program on Medicine and Religion. His research encompasses both theoretical and empirical investigations of the ethics of end-of-life decision making, ethics education, and spirituality in medicine.

“The strength of Dr. Sulmasy's work is that it focuses on the spiritual needs and concerns of patients and their families within the context of medical care,” said Carey Walsh, PhD, director of the Theology Institute and associate professor of Theology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “He is able to easily bridge the two fields of ethics and medicine and their impact on patient care in an accessible and thought-provoking way.”

Dr. Sulmasy was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in 2009 and serves as editor-in-chief of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. He has written 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).

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.