Compassion and the Art of Medicine

Sept. 1, 2011

Dr. Kenya Steele
Dr. Kenya Steele

The Compassion and the Art of Medicine lecture series for 2011-12 is under way.

The series is sponsored by the department of family and community medicine and directed by Dr. Kenya Steele, assistant professor of family and community medicine.

Upcoming lectures include:

Sept. 23
Lois Ramondetta, M.D.
"The Light Within"
Cullen Auditorium, Noon to 1 p.m.

An attending physician and associate professor of gynecologic oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Lois Ramondetta believes that women physicians have changed views of the doctor-patient relationship. Her book, "The Light Within: The Extraordinary Friendship of a Doctor and Patient Brought Together by Cancer," chronicles her relationship with Deborah Rose Sills, a patient with ovarian cancer.

Sept. 30
Megan Cole
"The Wisdom of Wit"
Cullen Auditorium, Noon to 1 p.m.

Megan Cole has had a long acting career 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.

Cole has been artist-in-residence at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, giving workshops on empathic physician/patient communication and literature and the art of medicine. She now takes these workshops to health care and end-of-life care venues across the country, where she also gives public talks on the human face of medicine.

Oct. 7
Ian Brown
Co-sponsor with the department of molecular genetics
"The Boy on the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son"
McMillan Auditorium, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Ian brown is a Canadian journalist, author and winner of several national magazine and newspaper awards. He has worked as a TV and radio host in Ontario. Brown has published several books including "The Boy in the Moon: A Fathers Search for His Disabled Son," which deals with his son Walker's rare genetic disorder, Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome. In January 2010, Brown won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for "The Boy in the Moon." In 2010, the book won the Charles Taylor Award Prize, which recognizes excellence in non-fiction.

J. DeLynn Hill
"Living with Multiple Sclerosis"
McMillan Auditorium, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

J. DeLynn Hill completed her undergraduate degree in civil engineering at the University of California at Los Angeles and her law degree at Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis shortly after. She has worked with the Los Angeles department of public works, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission

As her multiple sclerosis symptoms rapidly progressed, including becoming wheelchair bound and legally blind, she has been unable to continue work in her chosen field. However, she has become active in many disability causes.

Nov. 4
Daniel Epner, M.D.
"All People Really Care About is Being Cared About:
The Power of Empathy in Cancer Medicine"
Cullen Auditorium, Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Daniel Epner is a medical oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He graduated from Baylor College of Medicine in 1986 and completed medical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in 1994. After practicing oncology for several years, he began to focus more on "healing illness" rather than "curing disease." He has come to appreciate the power of caring and compassion in medicine and now realizes that allowing patients to truly be heard is often more therapeutic than even the most powerful chemotherapy. He spends most of his time discussing end of life, prognosis and other sensitive topics with cancer patients and teaching others how to engage successfully in such conversations.

Epner practices integrative oncology and serves as liaison and advocate for international patients at MD Anderson, primarily those from Middle Eastern and Latin American countries. He works closely with Dr. Walter Baile to develop communication skills training programs for a variety of health care providers.

Nov. 11
Yasmeen Quadri, M.D., Nageeb Abdalla, M.D.
"Health Care for the Homeless"
Cullen Auditorium, Noon to 1 p.m.

Dr. Yasmeen Quadri is assistant professor with the department of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine for the past 11 years. She has a clinical practice at Casa De Amigos Community Health Center, where she previously served as medical director for six years. She currently serves as the assistant director for the Harris County Hospital District's Health Care for the Homeless Program. She participates as a facilitator in the Patient, Physician and Society Course at BCM and is a member of Baylor's mentoring program.

Dr. Nageeb Abdalla is the medical director of the HCHD Health Care for the Homeless Program since 2003, and an associate professor with the department of family and community medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He has also served as the medical director of Northwest Community Health Center from 1998-2003. He has participated in several medical mission trips to Kenya, Egypt, Honduras and Matamoros.

Questions about the lecture series should be directed to Carolyn Olson, administrative coordinator,, 713-798-6590.