The Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine was founded in 2011 to advance the scientific theory and practice of compassionate care in medicine and promote effective communication skills in physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals at every level of training and practice.  It provides courses in the science of compassion in medicine, medical counseling skills, spiritualities of caring in medicine, the Pathos Project, and an introduction to hospice and palliative care.  It conducts research and consulting in these areas and collaborates with other local and national organizations with similar goals.


Tue Nov 1, 2016

Mother Teresa’s Prescription: Finding Purpose, Peace, and Happiness in Compassion and Service (Paul Wright, M.D.)


Location: Carey Auditorium in Hesburgh Library

Speaker: Paul Wright, M.D.

All are welcome.

Dr. Paul Wright, cardiologist and a 1972 graduate of Notre Dame, will discuss how he sought out Mother Teresa’s help in finding what purpose God had for him. Dr. Wright was a co-worker of Saint Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and also was one of Mother Teresa’s cardiologists. He will share what she taught him, his work with her, and the experience of her recent canonization.…

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Alumnus opens Hesburgh Hospital in Ecuador

Author: Ann Kovar Miller

Hesburgh Hospital

This summer, business major-turned physician, Dr. David Gaus, helped to open Hesburgh Hospital on behalf of Andean Health & Development, a nonprofit aimed at providing quality and sustainable healthcare for rural poor in the Ecuador.

Through the inspiration of Fr. Hesburgh, Dr. Gaus attended medical school and determined to use his degree for good: by providing residents of rural Ecuador affordable, accessible medical care.

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