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When medicine and religion meet at the bedside of critically ill patients, do they run parallel, intersect or crash with each other? How are the foundational issues of hope and healing appropriated by patients and their caregivers? This presentation will consider matters of religious coping, serious illness, and end-of-life care using case examples integrating diverse issues.

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REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES PRIOR TO THE EVENT. Check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the program beginning.  Due to video filming, late attendees will be asked to view the presentation in the Green Room.


Peggy L. Determeyer, PhD, MDiv, MBA, BCC

A retired board-certified chaplain, Dr. Peggy Determeyer received her PhD in the Medical Humanities with a concentration in Health Care Ethics and Policy from the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston.  As the McGee Fellow in Bioethics and Aging at the Hope and Healing Center and Institute (HHCI), Dr. Determeyer develops and offers programs and training for health care professionals, pastors, and others to provide humane, compassionate care for those who are ill and/or aging as well as offer support for family members.  The recently-named director of HHCI’s Community Bioethics and Aging Center, Dr. Determeyer also chairs an ethics consultation service for community members facing health care planning issues.


Susan Gaeta, MD

Dr. Gaeta is an attending physician and assistant professor in the Emergency Department at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and prior attending in the Critical Care Department for 10 years.  She has published and presented nationally on end of life issues in critically ill cancer patients and was one of the co-chairs for the institution’s initiative on Advance Care Planning.  Graduated from the  University of California, Davis School of Medicine, completed an Internal Medicine Residency in Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC, Dr. Gaeta went on to do a Critical Care Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, New York.

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