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Christian Doctor’s Digest – November 2019 – #2

In this month’s podcast, CMDA’s new CEO Dr. Mike Chupp interviews Dr. Michael Davis about his work with infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS. Next, he is joined by Dr. Ray Barfield, the director of the Duke University’s Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities and History of Medicine.

Meet Our Guests

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Dr. Michael G. Davis received his medical degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU) Quillen College of Medicine in 2008, and he completed his internal medicine residency at University of Alabama School of Medicine in 2011. Following residency, he then completed a fellowship in infectious disease at ETSU. From 2013 to 2015, he served at Tenwek Hospital in Kenya as part of Samaritan’s Purse’s Post Residency Program, and he also served as the director of medical student education during his time at Tenwek. He is an Affiliated Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is also the director of the Center for Global and Community Health and the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency at University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga.

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Dr. Ray Barfield is Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his MD and his PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities and the arts in the formation of physicians. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy and literature, including several books: Life in the Blind Spot (poetry), The Book of Colors (a novel), The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy and Wager: Beauty, Suffering, and Being in the World. Forthcoming books include Dante’s New Moon (poetry), The Practice of Medicine as Being in Time (philosophy) and The Poetic Apriori: Philosophical Imagination in a Meaningful Universe (philosophy). He was the founding director of two programs at Duke: Pediatric Quality of Life Palliative Care and Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Currently, he is the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities and History of Medicine in the Medical School. Ray is Married to Karen Barfield, an Episcopal priest. They have two children, Micah and Alexandra, and one grandson named Crew.