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Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair and Lectureship - Advisors Panel

Panel for Lectureship Advisors Chesla

Catherine (Kit) Chesla, RN, DNSc, FAAN

Dr. Chesla is Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Personnel, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, UCSF School of Nursing.

The goals of the Thelma Shobe Chair in Ethics and Spirituality are to identify the spiritual dimensions of nursing practice, and to provide leadership in addressing the ethical and spiritual challenges raised by technological advances in health care. Dr. Sulmasy, in the Second Annual Shobe Lecture defined spirituality broadly: "The primary spiritual questions are these: questions of meaning, questions of value and questions of relationships."

Dr. Chesla's work aligns with the goals of the Shobe Chair through her enduring commitment to explore and illuminate how families, through their relationships and caring practices heal and hold the person who is ill. Her work is directed at articulating, and helping others articulate, the practical ethical comportment of patients and families in the face of chronic illness, and the ways in which health care services and structures support or impede their ways of coping with everyday challenges.

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN

BennerSpirituality is defined broadly and as deeply human search for meaning in life. What matters to us most; what we are concerned about, sustains our everyday ways of being in the world and our relationship with others; as such, it is connected to meanings and spirituality.

For some this self-understanding and sense of meaning is lodged in religious traditions, for others it can be lodged in the sense of freedom and mastery associated with science and problem-solving for others, it may be related to individual or communal spiritual practices.

Jodi Halpern, M.D., Ph.D.

HalpernJodi Halpern is an Associate Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a psychiatrist with a doctorate in philosophy whose career focus has been on moral psychology and the ethics of health relationships. During a post-doctoral Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Fellowship at UCLA she also expanded this work to address related issues of social justice, and she teaches in this area at the School of Public Health. During 1997/98 she was a Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton University.

Halpern uses philosophical methods to analyze ethical concepts at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, such as empathy and aspects of personal autonomy, as in her book From Detached Concern to Empathy: Humanizing Medical Practice (Oxford University Press, New York, 2001).

Her recent papers focus on how emotional and social factors impede empathy and autonomy. She currently has a Greenwall Faculty Fellowship to study the role of the emotional imagination in health care decisions about unfamiliar future health states.

Ann Hughes, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN

HughesAnne Hughes is an advanced practice nurse in palliative care at Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, part of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She also serves as volunteer Associate Clinical Professor in Nursing in the Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF. Anne received her M.N. from the University of Washington in Seattle as family nurse practitioner and as nurse specialist caring for patients and their families living with a progressive illness. Dr Hughes' dissertation, completed at UCSF, explored the meaning and experience of dignity of the urban poor living with advanced cancer and advanced HIV/AIDS.

In the course of understanding the everyday experiences of seriously ill persons living at the margins of society, many described the role of faith in coping and in connecting them to something greater than the struggle of living.

B. J. Miller, M.D.

MillerB.J. was born and raised in Chicago. He studied Art History as an undergraduate at Princeton University. After several years working in both the art and disability-rights non-profit communities he enrolled at UCSF where he completed his MD as a Regents Scholar in 2001. He completed his internal medicine residency at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara where he served as chief resident. He finished a fellowship in Hospice & Palliative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where his clinical duties split between the Massachusetts General Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

His interests in medicine generally relate to how people cope with life-altering illness. He sees connections between art, spirituality, and medicine insofar as all relate directly to the human condition and focus serious attention on the notion of perspective. He is interested in the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of medicine and end-of-life care. "I see great value in reciprocation between patient and doctor; I believe there is a vast therapeutic potential to be found within this relationship and exchange, and I believe it can be gleaned in a moment."

B.J. is an assistant clinical professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. He attends on the palliative care service (PCS) at the UCSF Medical Center, and holds an outpatient clinic in the Symptom Management Service (SMS) of the UCSF Cancer Center. Towards scholarship, he is supported by several grants relating to palliative care education and leadership development. He is also supported by the Fetzer Foundation in an effort to build an integrative higher education, devoted to interrelating spirituality with the health of mind and body.

Judith T. Moskowitz, PhD, MPH

MoskowitzDr. Moskowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Dartmouth, and her MPH in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley.

Her research is focused on coping and emotion in the context of chronic stress. In particular, she studies the impact of positive emotion on psychological and physical adjustment to serious illness. Using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, she examines how caregivers and those with chronic illness appraise and cope with the illness-related stress and how these processes are related to well-being.

She is currently the Principal Investigator of an NIH/NIMH-funded R01 to conduct a randomized controlled trial of an intervention designed to increase positive affect during a stressful health-related event (testing positive for HIV), including the use of mindfulness meditation skills-building techniques. Other current projects include coping and well being in maternal caregivers of children with HIV or other chronic illnesses; meaningful events as coping with chronic illness and caregiving; illness appraisals as predictors of health related outcomes; and the use of the Facial Action Coding System to examine the relation between emotions and health in a variety of populations.

Reverend Dr. Michele Shields

ShieldsRev. Dr. Michele R. Shields, Director of Spiritual Care at UCSF Medical Center, is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has been an ordained minister since 1981.
Michele holds a B.A. degree from McGill University in Montreal, a M.Div. degree from Boston University, and a D.Min. degree from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. She is a certified supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Michele served as a local church minister for ten years and later served five hospitals prior to UCSF.

She is currently a member of the UCSF Medical Center.


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