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 Religious Life
Dr. Norman Levan is professor emeritus and former chief of dermatology at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree in 1939. Dr. Levan was a literature major as an undergraduate at USC, and holds a Master of Liberal Arts from St. John's Univeristy. After serving in the Army Medical Corps during World War II where he experienced the full fury of the battle of Okinawa, Levan began a long and distinguished career in medicine. He started a practice in dermatology and joined the faculty at the USC School of Medicine, becoming chair of the Department of Dermatology from 1961 to 1981. He established the Hansen's Disease Clinic for leprosy at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center in 1962. Dr. Levan endowed the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics in 2007 and the Norman E. Levan Chair in Medical Ethics at Keck in 2010. At the age of 95, Dr. Levan still practices one day per week.
Dr. James Adams is professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at USC's School of Pharmacy. Dr. Adams received his PhD from UC San Francisco in 1981 in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Among other research interests, he studies California medicinal plants. This interest has connected him with Native American healing traditions, specifically of the Chumash tribe. He will be speaking about his experiences with Native American spiritual practices.
Prince, director of Hebrew Union College’s Kalsman Institute on Judaism and Health and an oncology social worker, speaks on health care, healing and spirituality.