How should we think about contemporary the end-of-life debates raised by Atul Gawande and others? What does a fully human life look like in hospice care? What is death? What can traditional Christian teachings about Christ’s suffering and resurrection add to this debate? What needs to change in how contemporary healthcare approaches end-of-life issues?
Respondents: Dr. Hillary Lum, Assistant Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado; Dr. Bob Cutillo, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Ray Barfield joined the faculties of Duke’s Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. Dr. Barfield came from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where his research and practice focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer and understanding the moral aspects of decision-making in medical research involving children. At Duke he has turned much of his effort towards bridging activities in theology and medicine. On the medical side of campus he continues to practice as a pediatric oncologist, and he directs the Pediatric Quality of Life/Palliative Care program, a program that combines medical care, education and research to benefit children with complex, chronic or potentially life-limiting disease. In the Divinity School he develops courses and programs that address topics at the intersection of theology, medicine and culture. He also teaches courses in Christian philosophy. He has over eighty publications in medicine, philosophy and poetry. He is married to Karen Barfield, who is an Episcopal priest. Ray and Karen have two children, Micah and Alexandra.