All of us at the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship are thrilled that Dr. Joe O’Donnell, who founded our New Hampshire-Vermont ASF Program in 1996, was recently appointed to the Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professorship at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. O’Donnell, who is also a longtime national ASF board member, succeeds former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who held the chair until his death in 2013.
O’Donnell, a professor of medicine and of psychiatry, has been called the “Soul of Dartmouth Medical School,” by one former Dartmouth president. He has dedicated much of his career to the teaching of ethics, ensuring that compassionate care is central to medical training, and connecting students with service-learning opportunities in underserved populations. O’Donnell is also an advocate for using the arts to incorporate humanistic values into medical education, believing those values also contribute to the health and welfare of students.
The Elizabeth DeCamp McInerny Professorship was established in 1983 to support the work of a physician in promoting ethics scholarship at Geisel.
Congratulations Dr. O’Donnell!
Check out this short video about Geisel’s affiliation with a local VA hospital to get a quick sense of the depth of O’Donnell’s compassion for the patients in his care.
Then read this recap of a 2009 talk he gave at our Program Director’s Retreat on our blog, in which he shares insights about the need to match our internal values with our external actions, including two poems that beautifully illuminated his points.