The annual Compassion and the Art of Medicine series, hosted by the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine will begin Friday, Aug. 9.

The series is directed by Dr. Kenya Steele, associate professor of family and community medicine at BCM, and is free and open to the public. All presentations begin at 12:10 p.m.

The series is supported by grants from the Community Hospital Foundation and the Alan Lambert Family Medicine Endowment. The 2013 series includes:

August events

“Music and Medicine: Rachmaninoff” - Dr. Richard Kogan (Aug. 9, Cullen Auditorium), Co-sponsored with MD Anderson Cancer Center

A graduate of Juilliard, Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Kogan has distinguished careers both as a psychiatrist and as a concert pianist. Kogan is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and the artistic director of the Weill Cornell Music and Medicine Program. He has gained renown for his presentations that explore the influence of medical and psychiatric illness on the creative lives of the great composers.

"Healthcare for the Homeless Program" - Dr. Yasmeen Quadri (Aug. 30, Cullen Auditorium)

Quadri is an associate professor of family and community medicine at BCM and currently serves as the medical director for Harris Health System’s Healthcare for the Homeless Program. The program has vastly increased medical services for the homeless population under her leadership. She previously served as the medical director of Casa de Amigos Community Health Center.

September events

"Humility, Compassion and the Art of Becoming" - Dr. Andrew Wilking (Sept. 6, Cullen Auditorium)

Dr. Andrew Wilking is an emeritus professor of pediatrics in the section of rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine. Using specific examples from his experiences as a physician, he will discuss how to be humble and compassionate and how to become a physician.

"Our Daughter Tania is Deaf-Blind: a Retrospective Look on a Unique 20-Year Journey" - Drs. Fareed and Rubina Khan (Sept. 27, McMillian Auditorium)

Drs. Fareed and Rubina Khan were born in Pakistan and graduated from medical school in Karachi. Rubina completed her residency in pediatrics at BCM and has a private practice in Houston. Fareed completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom and a residency in family medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital. 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 deaf-blind.

October events

"Mind and Body: The Case for Integration of Behavioral Health into Community Medicine" - Drs. Brian Reed and Asim Shah (Oct. 4, Cullen Auditorium)

Dr. Reed was named interim chair of family and community medicine at BCM in November 2012. He has been a member of the BCM faculty since 2002 and serves as the vice chair for the Community Health Program where he coordinates the work of physicians and medical directors to establish a patient-centered medical home for underserved patients. He is recognized as an outstanding educator and received the Leonard D. Moise Teaching Award in 2008.

Dr. Asim Shah is the chief of psychiatry at Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital, director of the Community Behavioral Program for Harris Health System and the executive director of Psychotherapy Services for Ben Taub Hospital. He is an associate professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the department of family and community medicine at BCM. In 2012, he received the Fulbright and Jaworski Award for Teaching and the President’s Highly Qualified Physician’s Award from the government of Pakistan.

2013 Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture - "The Service Oriented Physician:Laying the Foundation in Medical School" - Dr. William Douglas (Oct. 11, McMillian Auditorium), co-sponsored with the Office of Student Affairs.

Dr. Douglas is a specialist in pediatric and congenital heart surgery. He received most of his training in the Midwest, including his fellowship in pediatric cardiac surgery at the University of Michigan, one of the largest-volume pediatric cardiac centers in the world. He spent most of his career at the University of Kentucky, where he was the chief of pediatric cardiac surgery for seven years before relocating to Houston in 2007. Douglas is active in the development of new medical devices for pediatric cardiac surgery and also makes an annual trip to Central or South America to perform heart surgery for impoverished children in developing countries.

The Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture was established in memory of a first-year Baylor medical student killed in September 2000. The lecture carries on his message of compassion and caring to successive generations of medical students and health professionals. The annual lecture features individuals in the health care field who dedicate their careers to helping the less fortunate of the world.

"The Wisdom of Wit" - Megan Cole (Oct. 18, Kleberg Auditorium)

Cole has had a long acting career on the professional stage, including TV guest-star appearances on "Seinfeld," "ER," "The Practice" 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. Cole gives workshops to healthcare and end-of-life care venues across the country and gives public talks on the human face of medicine.

November events

"Positive Exposure" - Rick Guidotti (Nov. 1, Cullen Auditorium), co-sponsored with the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Traditional photographic images and medical stereotypes of people with genetic conditions are sadly negative, says Guidotti, a former fashion photographer. In 2001, Guidotti teamed with Dr. Diane McLean to create Positive Exposure. With positive photographic images and powerful life stories, Guidotti and McLean challenge the richness of genetic variation. Positive Exposure is a unique partnership between genetics, the visual arts, mental health and human rights.