Health, Spirituality & Religion Program



The program seeks to create opportunities for medical trainees and physicians to explore the the intersections between health, spirituality and religion through lectures, research opportunities, and interdisciplinary training to enhance patient centered care and find personal meaning in the practice of medicine


  • Develop spiritual competencies in all of our medical students. 
  • Provide opportunity for deeper discussion/education on this topic for interested students and other learners. 
  • Raise awareness of the intersection of spirituality, faith and religion with medicine in the health system at large. 
  • Ensure that our endeavors are open to all interested faculty, clinicians, nurses, chaplaincy staff and other health care professionals. · Develop a community of people at U-M who are passionate about this topic. 
  • Provide education on incorporating spirituality into professional and personal development. 
  • Improve patient care through these efforts.

The Woll Family Speaker Series on Health, Spirituality and Religion 

Upcoming Lectures

Dr. Scott Stonington, University of Michigan
“Working the Mind-Body: Discomfort and the Pragmatics of Spirituality (in Thailand and the U.S.)”
Monday, May 6
Noon-1 p.m.
Taubman Health Sciences Library, Room 2903
RSVP to by April 29 for lunch

Past Lectures

For access to videos (restricted to individuals with University of Michigan login at this time)
Click on "Other Med Student Videos"
Click on "Medicine and Religion" 

Dr. Kenneth Pargament, Bowling Green University, “Shaken to the Core: Understanding and Addressing Spiritual Struggles in the Context of Health Care,” April 29, 2019
Dr. Mara Buchbinder, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Dr. William Toffler, Portland, Oregon, “Debate on Physician-assisted Suicide,” March 25, 2019
Dr. Conor Lucas-Roberts, “Finding Purpose and Peace in Chaos,” February 25, 2019
Dr. Devan Stahl, Michigan State University, “From Medical Image to Icon: How Art Can Heal a Broken Body,” January 28, 2019
Dr. Richard Souza, University of Michigan, "Astronomy and the Quest for the Transcendental: How Faith and Astronomy Have Met Down the Ages," December 7, 2018
Dr. Jonathan Crane, Emory University, "Disclosing Demise: Judaic Perspectives on Telling Dying Patients the Truth," November 29, 2018
Dr. Ray Barfield, Duke University, "I Wasn't Trained for This: God, Miracles and Medicine in Complex Decision Making," October 15, 2018
Dr. Jeffrey P. Bishop, Saint Louis University, "Religion and the Birth of Osler's Humanism," September 24, 2018 
Dr. Tracy Balboni, Harvard University: "Spirituality in Palliative Care: State of the Science," May 24, 2018  
Dr. Adam Baruch, University of Michigan, "Genesis 38: Through the Looking Glass" April 19, 2018 
Dr. Naomi Laventhal (University of Michigan) and Dr. Ashley Fernandes (Ohio State University), Debate on Conscience Protection, March 9, 2018
Dr. Samya Z. Nasr, University of Michigan, "Multiculturalism in Medicine," February 22, 2018
Dr. Charlie Camosy, Fordham University, "Should a Religious Physician Check Her Faith at the Door When Practicing Medicine?," January 30, 2018
Dr. John Cropsey, Kibuye (Burundi) Hope Hospital, "Broken Fangs, Wounded Healers: An Ancient Call for Justice and Mercy," December 7, 2017
Rabbi Rachel Shere, Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, "End of Life Care as Midwifery for the Soul," November 9, 2017
Dr. John Patrick, Augustine College, October 3rd, 12-1 "Meaning and Purpose in Medicine," October 3, 2017
Dr. Farr Curlin, Duke University, "What does Religion have to do with the Practice of Medicine?," September 11, 2017

Relevant Articles

Religious Involvement, Spirituality, and Medicine: Implications for Clinical Practice
Developing Curricula in Spirituality and Medicine
Spirituality and Health: The Development of a Field
The Relationship between Medicine, Spirituality and Religion: Three Models for Integration


HSR Facebook
Michigan Medicine Spiritual Care Department
Spiritual Assessment Tools


An Academic Program for Exploring the Divine Healing Touch in Medicine (Church Life Journal), Sept. 18, 2018
U-M Medical School Launches Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion (Michigan Medicine Headlines), Aug. 21, 2017


Kristin M. Collier, M.D.
Jeremy M. Baruch, M.D.