Jeanette E. South-Paul, MD
Andrew W. Mathieson UPMC Chair and Professor of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. South-Paul is responsible for the educational, research and clinical activities of the undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty practice, and community arms of three family medicine residencies and nine ambulatory clinical sites in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a practicing family physician who includes maternity care, as well as an academician with specific research interests in the areas of cultural competence, maternity care, and health disparities in the community. Dr. South-Paul earned her medical at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and was elected to the Institute of Medicine. Dr. South-Paul received the Dr. Wangari Maathai Humanitarian Award from Workforce Development Global Alliance (WDGA), a Pittsburgh-based organization that helps disadvantaged youth in the United States and Africa.
Jon Spiegel, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Spiegel is psychologist in private practice since 1976 and clinical director of Spiegel/ Freedman Psychological Associates. Dr. Spiegel has been teaching and supervising psychotherapists for 30 years. His post-doctoral work was in mythology and comparative religion. Dr. Spiegel is the co-founder of the Program in Spirituality and Psychology at PTS. He is clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Christina Puchalski, MD, MS
Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
Dr. Puchalski is the Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish), Washington, DC, and Professor of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine, where she led educational and clinical strategies to address the spiritual concerns common in patients facing illness. Dr. Puchalski is an active clinician, board-certified in internal medicine and palliative care and has demonstrated leadership in research and education in the integration of spiritual care across disciplines. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, serves on the editorial board of several palliative care journals, and has received numerous awards.
Dr. Puchalski has been principal or co-principal investigator in several research projects in spirituality including the evaluation of a spiritual assessment tool which she developed and is in use in a variety of clinical settings including an NIH-funded study on spirituality and the will to live in HIV-AIDS patients; and an innovative study to integrate spirituality into health care settings called INSPIR. Dr. Puchalski helped develop and was PI for an awards program in spirituality and health education since 1996 which resulted in a model curriculum in spirituality and health. In a collaborative project with City of Hope and GWish, Dr. Puchalski co-led an initiative to create national spiritual care guidelines for palliative care.
Dr. Puchalski, first and foremost is a clinician. Part of her clinical practice in internal medicine and geriatrics is integrating patients' spiritual beliefs into their health care. With her expertise, she can knowledgeably address the sensitive medical issues surrounding palliative and end-of-life care and care of seriously ill patients. Dr. Puchalski's work in the field of spirituality and medicine encompasses the clinical, the academic, and the pastoral application of her research and insights. Dr. Puchalski is published in peer-reviewed and other journals, including three books.
David Lesondak, BCSI, KMI, LMT
Dr. Lesondak is a Myofascial Specialist and on the allied health professional staff in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. He practices at the UPMC Shadyside Center for Integrative Medicine and at iYoga in Sewickley, PA. He has produced and directed a video exploration of fascial anatomy along with another DVD. A frequent collaborator with a fascia research project, he also lectures and teaches internationally.