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Compassion and the Art of Medicine series coming soon

The annual hosted by Baylor College of Medicine in Houston opens soon. The series will begin Friday, Aug. 10.

The series is free and open to the public although seating is limited. The first 200 guests will receive complimentary brown bag lunches. All presentations begin at noon, followed by a question-and-answer session at 1 p.m.

BCM's department of family and community medicine presents the series with a grant from The Community Hospital Foundation, Inc. The 2007 series includes:

"Living with HIV" - Dr. Patti Wetzel (Aug. 10, Cullen Auditorium) An associate professor in the department of medical humanities and ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Wetzel will discuss her experiences as a physician who contracted HIV through an accidental needle-stick. She returns to the series for the 10th time.

"The Troubled Physician and the Perils of Perfectionism" - Dr. Glen O. Gabbard (Aug. 17, Cullen Auditorium)

A prolific author, Gabbard's books include The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy, Medical Marriages, Psychiatry and the Cinema, and The Psychology of the Sopranos: Love, Death, Desire and Betrayal in America's Favorite Gangster Family. A professor of psychiatry at BCM, Gabbard holds the Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis.

"Seeing Patients: The Sketchiest Details" - Dr. Alan Blum (Aug. 24, Cullen Auditorium)

Professor and Gerald Leon Wallace Endowed Chair in Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Blum is the founder of Doctors Ought to Care and the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Society. Also an artist, Blum's sketches of patients have appeared in medical journals and have been exhibited at libraries, hospitals and art museums around the United States.

"West Side Story at 50: The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein" - Dr. Richard Kogan (Aug. 31, Cullen Auditorium) This is a special program on integrative medicine, co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs at BCM.

A graduate of Juilliard, Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Kogan has distinguished careers both as a psychiatrist and as a concert pianist. He has been praised by the NY Times for his "exquisite, eloquent and compelling playing," and the Boston Globe wrote that "Kogan has somehow managed to excel at the world's two most demanding professions." Kogan returns for the fifth consecutive year.

"Uncovered: The American Health Story" - Potboiler Artists for Change (Oct. 5, Cullen Auditorium)

Using storytelling, poetry, music and movement, the Potboiler Artists for Change step onto the sudsy soapbox called the U.S. health care crisis and make the case for universal, comprehensive, cost-effective, affordable health care. Founded in 2005 by Linda Phenix, the Potboilers include Jeannie Gambill, Patty Haselbarth, Benny Hughes, Juanita Lindley, Frank Shonka, Rick Valentine and Paul Wilson. Following the performance, Drs. Joseph Bak and Ana Malinow, will facilitate a question-and-answer session.

"The Impact of Health Care Disparities on Houston Adolescents: Problems and Possible Solutions" - Dr. Peggy Smith (Oct. 12, McMillian Auditorium) This special program is the 2007 Matthew Carter Memorial Lecture and is co-sponsored by the Office of Public Affairs at BCM.

For 35 years Smith has served as director of the Baylor Teen Health Clinic, a countywide system of 6 comprehensive reproductive health programs for indigent teenagers. Smith has published 3 books and 120 articles on teenage sexuality, pregnancy, and reproductive health. She has received numerous awards, including the Exchange Club's Book of Golden Deeds for outstanding community service, the Women on the Move Award, the Spirit of American Women Award, the Heritage Award, the Good Samaritan Award for child abuse prevention and the National Kezia DePelchin Award for promoting health and family development.

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. "Positive Exposure" - Rick Guidotti (Nov. 2, Cullen Auditorium) This program is co-sponsored by the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics at BCM.

In 2001, former fashion photographer Guidotti teamed with Dr. Diane McLean to create Positive Exposure. With positive photographic images and powerful life stories, Guidotti and McLean challenge the stigma of disease, disfigurement and difference and celebrate the richness of genetic variation. Positive Exposure is a unique partnership between genetics, the visual arts, mental health and human rights. For more information, contact Dipali Pathak at 713-798-6826
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