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. Kenya Steele, associate professor of family and community medicine at Baylor, and is free and open to the public. All presentations begin at 12:10 p.m.

The series is supported by a grant from the Alan Lambert Family Medicine Endowment.

The 2016 series includes:

“BIPAI” – Dr. Diane Nguyen (Sept. 9, McMillian Auditorium)
Dr. Diane Nguyen serves as global health coordinator for the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston. She completed her pharmacy practice residency in ambulatory care at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and public health residency at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Her global health work has included underserved communities across the United States and communities in Slovakia, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. She now supports BIPAI and Texas Children’s Global Health maternal and child health programs though program development, administration and management and training for local pharmacists and U.S. resident pharmacists.

“Tania’s Life Story and the Inspiration for Touch Base Center for the Deafblind” – Drs. Fareed and Rubina Khan (Sept. 16, Cullen Auditorium)
Drs. Fareed and Rubina Khan were born in Pakistan and graduated from medical school in Karachi. Rubina completed her residency training in pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and has a private practice in southwest Houston. Fareed completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, and a residency in family medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston. He currently serves as program director of the Baylor-Harris County Family Medicine Residency Program. They will discuss their experiences as parents of Tania, a child who is deafblind, and the nonprofit organization they established, the Touch Base Center for the Deafblind.

“Maji 4 Life” – Leonid Onyiego and Dr. Sherri Onyiego (Oct. 7, Cullen Auditorium)
Dr. Onyiego is an assistant professor in family and community medicine. She holds a doctorate in pharmacology from Meharry Medical College, with a research focus on novel compounds targeting HIV, and a medical degree from Ross University. She serves as the medical director at San Jose Clinic, the original safety net and charity care clinic in Houston. She also provides services at Thomas Street Clinic, a comprehensive HIV/AIDS clinic. She serves as a preceptor to medical students, residents and nurse practitioners. Leonid Onyiego serves as financial advisor and vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors, Wealth Management. Leonid holds a B.S in biology from The University of Texas at Arlington, a B.S. in business administration from Texas Southern University and will earn his M.B.A. from University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in October 2016. He also serves on the advisory board of San Jose Clinic. In 2012, with the help of his wife, Sherri, they started a nonprofit, MAJI 4 Life (‘Maji’ is Swahili for water), focusing on providing clean water access to the people of his native country, Kenya.

“Healthcare for the Homeless” – Margarita Arentsen-Landgren (Oct. 14, Cullen Auditorium)
Margarita Arentsen-Landgren was born in Santiago, Chile, and raised in Pennsylvania. She holds a degree in licensed clinical social work in Rhode Island and holds a master’s degree in social work in Texas, with a concentration in children and families. She works in the Harris Health System’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program, where she serves homeless men, women and children.

“The Faraway Nearby: Life and Death Choices through the Patient’s Lens” – Megan Cole (Oct. 21, Cullen Auditorium)
Megan Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, including TV guest-star appearances on “Seinfeld,” “ER,” “The Practice,” various “Star Treks,” “Judging Amy,” “Las Vegas” and many others. She originated the leading role in Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “WIT” in 1995, for which she received the L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Outstanding Performance. She also tours with “The Wisdom of WIT,” her solo version of the play. Megan gives workshops to healthcare and end-of-life care venues across the country and gives public talks on the human face of medicine.

“The Cutting Edge of Compassion” – Dr. Barry Rose (Oct. 28, Cullen Auditorium)
Dr. Barry Rose is an orthopedic surgeon who was born and raised in Kansas City. He attended the University of Kansas for undergraduate studies and completed medical school, his internship and his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also completed a hand/ upper extremity fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently the chief of orthopedics and the surgical division head for the Alameda division of the Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group. Rose is passionate about his patients and the future of healthcare.

“Taking Back Childhood: Reflections on growing up at-risk in a Huntington’s disease family” – Kristen Powers (Nov. 4, McMillian Auditorium)
Co-sponsored with the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Kristen Powers is most well-known for her documentary, “Twitch,” a film that follows her personal genetic testing journey for Huntington's disease at the age of 18 years old. A lifelong advocate for all Huntington's disease families, Kristen spent the last 10 years of her life fundraising, lobbying and creating this internationally-viewed film to raise awareness of the disease and advance the search for a cure. She is passionate about racial justice issues in the American South and hopes to serve in elected office some day. She recently graduated from Stanford University and is currently living in Durham, N.C.

“Compassionate Care: Caring for the Whole Person” – Dr. Alisha Kidane (Nov. 11, 2016, Cullen Auditorium)
Alisha Kidane is a native Houstonian who serves as a family physician at Casa de Amigos and as family medicine obstetric faculty at Ben Taub Hospital. Her areas of interest are spirituality in medicine (also known as whole-person care), obstetrics, pediatrics and working with underserved communities both locally and internationally. She is proficient in Spanish and Portuguese, and completed her training at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Tufts family medicine residency in Malden, Mass., and maternal child health fellowship in Chicago. Kidane lives with her husband and two children and enjoys helping young people discover their life purpose and attain opportunities in higher education.

For more information about Compassion and the Art of Medicine, contact Dr. Kenya Steele at or Carolyn Olson at or (713) 798-6590.