A brief introduction from our speakers and themes presented at our 7th British Congress on Medicine and Spirituality:
Dr. Peter Fenwick - UK
Dr. Peter Fenwick, M.D., F.R.C.PsychUK was formerly Consultant in charge of the neuropsychiatric and epilepsy unit at the Maudsley Hospital.
He is Co-Director of research at the Department of Neurophysiology, Broadmoor Hospital and Consultant neuropsychiatrist at the London Sleep Centre, running a clinical and forensic practice.
For the last nine years he has been studying magnetic field tomography at the RIKEN Neuroscience Institute, Japan. In the UK, he is researching near death experiences in coronary care units and surveying approaching death experiences in hospices and nursing homes in southern England.
Dr Fenwick is the chairperson of the British Spiritist Medical Association.
Theme: “Shining Light on Death”.
Dr. Elaine Drysdale MD FRCPC - US
Dr. Elaine Drysdale has a BA in Psychology, an MD degree, and a certified Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) in Psychiatry. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia.
Has worked as a psychiatrist for over 30 years in various medical settings, including over 25 years as Psychiatrist in the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of British Columbia (BC) in the BC Cancer Agency, and in palliative care programs.
Dr. Elaine has spoken nationally and internationally regarding topics of psychiatric issues in cancer care, bone marrow transplantation, and Near Death Experiences."
“The Interface of Psychiatry, Spirituality”.
“Near Death Experiences’ in Medical Practice”.
Dr Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv - US
Jeffrey Rediger, MD, MDiv, is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He is the Medical Director of McLean and Community Affairs at McLean Hospital, and the Chief of Behavioral Medicine at Caritas SE Good Samaritan Medical Center.
A licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist, he also has a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. His research with remarkable individuals who have recovered from illnesses considered incurable has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz Shows, among others.
Dr. Rediger has been nominated for the National Bravewell Leadership Award, and has received numerous awards related to leadership and patient care.
Theme: “A Medicine of Hope and Possibility”.
Dr. Natalie Tobert PhD - UK
Natalie is a medical anthropologist who specialises in social inclusion education for medical schools, hospitals and universities. She offers staff training on spiritual and cultural perspectives for understanding health.
Dr Tobert has undertaken original fieldwork research in Sudan and India, and also in UK with the NHS and Kings Fund. She is Secretary of the British Spiritist Medical Association.
Author of books: Cultural Perspectives on Mental Wellbeing: Spiritual Interpretation of Symptoms in Medical Practice.
You can find out more by visiting www.aethos.org.uk
Theme: “Medical Anthropology: Spiritism as normal practice across different continents”.
Dr. Marcelo Saad - BR
Marcelo Saad. MD, PhD - Physician, specialized in Physiatry and Acupuncture. Doctorate in Sciences by the Federal University of São Paulo. Co-founder member of the Interfaith Coalition on Health and Spirituality.
Current President of the Spiritist-Medical Association of SP. Collaborator of the Spiritist-Medical Association of Brazil in the organization of events. Collaborator of the International Spiritist-Medical Association for conferences abroad.
Besides his work as physician, he develops activities in scientific publication, editorial board of medical journals, technical lectures and participation in scholar tasks. His interest fields are Spirituality in Health, Acupuncture and Complementary Therapies.
“Programs for Religious Support in Hospitals - challenges and opportunities”. “Spiritist Complementary Therapies – Approaches that integrate Spiritism and Medicine”.
Dr. Jorge Cecilio Daher MD - BR
Prof. Dr. Jorge Cecílio Daher is a GP who specialises in Endocrinology and Metabiology? He is a Professor of Medicine at the UniEvangélica Faculty of Medicine in Anapolis.
Also works as a GP at the Spiritist Sanatorium in Anapolis. He has co-authored many books on Medicine and carried out over 20 clinical studies on Diabetes and Metabiology.
Dr. Daher works as an auditor in high cost medicines for the Secretary of Health in the State of Goias. He is also a member of The Endocrine Society and the Brazilian Society for Endocrinology and Metabiology.
Dr. Daher is President of AME-Goiânia and Secretary of AME-Brazil.
Theme: “Scientific Evidence of the Autonomy of Consciousness in Relation to the Brain”.
Dr. Felipe Sá Ferreira - BR
Dr Sá Ferreira is a Spiritist, Gynaecologist and obstetrician, Master's student in Women's Health from the Faculty of Public Health at Saint Paul University - USP in Brazil.
Lecturer at the Medical School of UNICESUMAR, supervisor of the medical residency of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Municipal Hospital of Maringá.
Also he is the president of the Medical-Spiritist Association of Maringá, teacher-coordinator of the Academic League of Health and Spirituality of UNICESUMAR, research projects supervisor and scientific work in Health and Spirituality.
Dr Sá Ferreira is the co-author of the book "A new look at the problem of being, destiny and pain - 100 years later".
Theme: “Intrauterine Death and Its Spiritual Impact”.