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Christian Medical & Dental Associations Announces: Senior VP of Bioethics & Public Policy

Bristol, Tennessee — May 4, 2020 — Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) today announced Jeffrey Barrows, DO, MA (Ethics), as the Senior Vice President of Bioethics and Public Policy for CMDA, the largest national association of faith-based healthcare professionals. Dr. Barrows, an obstetrician/gynecologist, author, speaker, educator, and medical ethicist has been a member of CMDA for 38 years.

In 1978, Dr. Barrows completed his medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines.  He obtained his specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, finishing in 1984. Seventeen years later, he was called out of full-time practice to assist in administrating Christian Medical & Dental Associations’ Medical Education International (MEI) ministry, where he served as the director from 2002 to 2005. The next year, he went on to achieve a master’s in bioethics from Trinity International University in Chicago, Illinois.

Dedicating over 15 years of his life to the fight against human trafficking, Dr. Barrows is a resolute advocate in its cause, most notably in the realm of trafficking and healthcare and the rehabilitation of survivors of child sex trafficking. He is a founding board member of a unified group of survivors and multidisciplinary professionals devoted to ending human trafficking across 35 countries and supporting its survivors from a public health perspective called HEALTrafficking. With his expertise and passion for education, Dr. Barrows has trained numerous healthcare professionals not only how to recognize victims of human trafficking but how to assist them as well. “Human Trafficking and the Healthcare Professional,” published in the Southern Medical Journal is just one of the many works he has published as an author.

In addition to writing and speaking about human trafficking to the church, media, and other sources, he has testified on several anti-trafficking bills to the Ohio legislature. Gracehaven, an Ohio-based organization he founded in 2008 to assist domestic minor sex trafficking victims, employs a comprehensive approach using case management, rehabilitative care, and outreach to combat this growing issue. He also served as a member of the Technical Working Group on health and human trafficking under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families in 2014. Most recently, Dr. Barrows published a novel that accurately depicts sex trafficking involving children in America entitled Finding Freedom.

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