Speakers

Harold G. Koenig, M.D., M.H.Sc.

Director, Duke University Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health

Harold G. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is currently board certified in general psychiatry, and formerly in geriatric psychiatry, geriatric medicine, and family medicine. Serving on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine, Koenig also serves at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, as a distinguished adjunct professor. Considered one of the world’s top experts on religion and health, Koenig has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion – with nearly 400 scientific peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and 40 books in print or in preparation – and has delivered invited testimony to both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on the role of religion in public health. Koenig is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association.

Gary Ferngren, Ph.D.

Professor of Greece and Rome, Ancient Medicine, and History; Oregon State University

Author or editor of such books as Medicine and Healthcare in Early Christianity and Science and Religion: A Historical Introduction; Gary Ferngren is passionate about the social history of ancient medicine, religion and ancient medicine, and the historical relationship of science to religion.

Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div.

Founder and Executive Director, Church Health Center

Scott Morris, family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister, founded the Church Health Center, Memphis, Tenn., in 1987. Now the largest faith-based clinic of its type in the country, the clinic provides quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families.