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Soul of Medicine

The Soul of Medicine is a speaker series focusing on the personal, spiritual, moral, and creative dimensions of the healing arts featuring faculty, staff, and special guests. Students and staff from all USC schools and hospitals are welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Office of Religous Life

2009-2010 Speakers

2010-2011 Speakers


  • Soul of Medicine featuring Dr. David Rosmarin

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12 PM - 1 PM (McKibben Hall, 156)

    David H. Rosmarin, Ph.D. is the founder and director of JPSYCH, an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Center for Anxiety in Manhattan. Dr. Rosmarin will share his recent research regarding the relevance of spiritual and religious issues to psychotherapy and its treatment. 

  • Soul of Medicine with Doctors Jean and Todd Forman
    Wednesday, September 21, 12 PM - 1 PM (McKibben Hall, 156)

    Todd and Jean Forman redefine the term "family practice". They are a mother-son team of doctors in family practice in Newport Beach, California. Todd is a member of the famous rock band Sublime, and also plays saxaphone with the group Sublime with Rome. Both Formans are graduates and faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. At age 51, jean became the oldest person ever to graduate from the Keck School.

    Click here to see a short review of the event in the USC Weekly.

  • Soul of Medicine featuring Father Chris Ponnet and Dr. Dagmar Grefe
    Monday, October 10, 12 PM - 1 PM (McKibben Hall)

    Father Chris Ponnet, pastor of St. Camillus Catholic Center and chaplain at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, holds a master's in divinity from St. John's Seminary and leads the Clinical Pastoral Education chaplaincy training program at County-USC.

    Dr. Dagmar Grefe is the manager of Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She holds a Ph.D. from the Claremont School of Theology and an M.Div. from the Lexington Theological Seminary, University of Bonn, Germany. She leads the Clinical Pastoral Education chaplaincy training program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

    The two will discuss the role that chaplains play in health care today.


  • Soul of Medicine featuring Pam Tarlow
    Tuesday, January 24, 12 PM - 1 PM (McKibben Hall)

    Dr. Tarlow speaks about mindful meds and the integration of traditional and homeopathic therapies.

    Pam Tarlow, Pharm.D., has been a licensed community pharmacist since 1981. For more than 17 years she has specialized in integrative pharmacy, helping customers and professionals effectively use natural products, integrated therapies and pharmaceuticals for prevention and health care concerns,

    Tarlow currently practices at Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy and consults with private clients and community pharmacists. She is a preceptor for the USC and Western University Pharmacy School students and teaches part of the self-care course. Tarlow is also on faculty of Yo San University (Traditional Chinese medicine) and the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy (homeopathic training for pharmacists). She lectures regularly on natural medicine, hormone balance, therapeutic aromatherapy, meditation and mindful eating.

  • Soul of Medicine with Christine Driessen and Jo Marie Reilly
    Tuesday, March 20, 12 PM - 1 PM (McKibben Hall, 149)

    Christine Driessen, Christian Science Practicioner in conversation with Jo Marie Reilly, Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, USC will discuss the medical care of christian scientists.