Christian Doctor’s Digest – July 2019
In this month’s podcast, Dr. David Stevens is joined by Dr. Tyler VanderWeele to talk about the link between religious upbringing and health. Next, Senior Vice President Gene Rudd interviews Dr. Ron Bryce about his book Fingerprint of God. Finally, listen and learn more about Dr. Bill Griffin, CMDA’s new Dental Director.
Meet Our Guests
Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhD, is the John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. VanderWeele holds degrees from the University of Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. His research interests include epidemiologic methods; perinatal, psychiatric and social epidemiology; the science of happiness and flourishing; and the relationship between religion and health. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the John Templeton Foundation, and he is the author of more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His wife Elisabeth, son Jonathan and daughter Catherine live in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attend St. Paul’s Church and the Church of the Advent.
Jamey Campbell serves as Vice President for Stewardship Development for CMDA. Jamey completed his bachelor’s degree at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in communications. In his career Jamey served in several communications positions, including on the staff of Senior Majority Leader Senator Dr. Bill Frist. He began his fundraising career at ETSU in leading the development effort for the Health Sciences Division before joining Precept Ministries International in 2000. Jamey and his wife Janeen live in Elizabethton, Tennessee, and they have two daughters and one grandson.
Ron Bryce, MD, is an emergency room physician in Dallas, Texas. He earned his medical degree in 1986 from Oral Roberts University School of Medicine. A former member of the ORU Alumni Association board, Bryce was honored as Alumnus of the Year by ORU in 2016. He is a member of Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and he served as CMDA’s Texas State Representative from 2011 to 2015. A longtime Christian, Dr. Bryce has been a Sunday school teacher, church elder and church musician, and during medical school he played piano for a Southern gospel group. He has been a board member for GeoBound Missions as well as Abundant Life Missions, an organization started by his parents that focuses its efforts in Haiti. His community involvement has included serving as mayor of Red Oak, Texas. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Texas Medical Board and served from 2006 to 2012. Bryce is married to Lydia Bryce, and they have four children: Daniel, Blair, Joseph and Brooke.
Bill “Griff” Griffin, DDS, has been a member of CMDA since dental school, and he has served on the Dental Advisory Council since 2013. He is a 1983 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, and he has been practicing in Newport News, Virginia for 35 years. Dr. Griffin formerly served as Board Chairman and Dental Director at the Lackey Clinic, a Christian medical-dental clinic in Yorktown, Virginia. He averages four international dental mission trips each year, and he is passionate about opportunities to communicate the love of Christ to others, both domestically and internationally. He and his wife Linda have been married since 1983, and they have been blessed with two married children (Katherine and William, Jr.,) and one grandson (Barrett).