Christian Doctor’s Digest – May 2013
Interviews about children. Robb Brandt, MD shares from his book You Deserved a Better Father. Jedd Medefind discusses the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Deena Graves enlightens us about Human Trafficking in the US and strategies to combat it. Then Richard Swenson, MD talks about writing his book Last Flight Out of Oz with his son.
Meet Our Guests
Robb Brandt, MD
Robb Brandt, MD, served as a board certified general surgeon for 25 years, followed by a nationwide practice as a medical quality improvement consultant to hospitals. He is the author of several articles on medical quality management, personal experience and parenting. Dr. Brandt serves on the safety committee of a hospital, and is recently retired from the board of that same hospital. He has served on a college board, as well as local, district and national church boards. He’s a member of the American College of Surgeons and a past member of the American College of Physician Executives, as well as a member other local and national medical organizations, including CMDA since 1960. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe and later with the Navajo Indians. He has visited all seven continents, most recently Antarctica. Dr. Brandt and his wife Ruth parented their four living children on their Christmas tree farm in Western Pennsylvania, and they also have ten grandchildren.
Richard A. Swenson, MD
Richard A. Swenson, MD, received his BS in physics from Denison University and his MD from University of Illinois School of Medicine. For 15 years, Dr. Swenson was an associate clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin Medical School – Department of Family Medicine. He is currently a full-time futurist, physician-researcher, author and educator. Dr. Swenson is the author of six books, including the bestselling MARGIN: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives and THE OVERLOAD SYNDROME: Learning to Live within Your Limits. He has written and presented widely, including both national and international settings, on the themes of margin, stress, overload, life balance, complexity, societal change, healthcare and future trends. For more information, visit www.richardswenson.org.
Deena Graves, ABC
Deena Graves, ABC, is the executive director of Traffick911, a faith-based ministry in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas that prevents, rescues and restores victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. Their work has generated multiple felony arrests, as well as identifications and rescues of victims. Deena founded Traffick911 after learning about the horrors of what was happening to American children due to sex trafficking. When she learned that these children were being left hopeless and helpless because so few people in our country knew about this atrocity, she quit her job to start the organization. Traffick911 believes we must outwit the traffickers to stop this horrendous crime, and one way they do that is by training professionals in jobs to prevent or identify victims. They have seen great results out of these trainings. For more information, visit www.traffick911.com.
Jedd Medefind serves as president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (www.christianalliancefororphans.org), a coalition of 120 organizations and a national network of churches working together to inspire and equip Christians for effective adoption, foster care and global orphan initiatives. Prior to this role, Jedd served in the White House as a special assistant to President George W. Bush, leading the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Previously, he also held a range of posts in the California State Legislature. He has worked, studied and served in more than 30 countries, with organizations ranging from Price-Waterhouse in Moscow to Christian Life Bangladesh. He has written numerous articles and is the author of three books. His most recent book, Upended: How Following Jesus Remakes Your Words and World, examines what it means to live as an apprentice to Jesus in the way we connect, influence and love. Jedd and his wife Rachel live in central California with their five children.