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Center of Excellence in Faith and Health Equity

Methodist University Hospital

1265 Union Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104

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The Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare System Ethics Committee and the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health Equity offer this annual symposium as a way of promoting conversations about ethics within the healthcare system and encouraging community leaders, including faith communities, to be informed and active in issues of healthcare ethics.

The symposium will include:

  • Keynote presentations by Dr. David Hodge, Associate Director of Education & Associate Professor of Bioethics at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University

  • Presentations by Dr. Hodge on "Pragamatic Bioethics and Intersectionality: Does Black Lives (Really) Matter in Public Health Ethics?" and "Virtue Ethics, (Relational) Care Ethics and Neurotics: How Empathy Can Drive Our (Social) Justice Quest"

  • An introduction to the newly formed Center for Bioethics and Health Equity at Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare by Austin Dalgo, MD; Elizabeth Hawkins, M.Div, and Kendra Hotz, Ph.D.

  • Free lunch provided by the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health Equity

Keynote Presenter: David Augustin Hodge, Sr., B.A., M.Ed., M.T.S., D.Min., Ph.D.

Dr. David Augustin Hodge Sr. currently serves as Associate Director of Education for the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at Tuskegee University. In this role, which he began in October 2017, he coordinates the center’s Bioethics Honors program and bioethics minor, its annual Public Health Ethics Intensive Course, and various outreach programs designed to engage the center’s target audiences, as well as teaches bioethics and public health ethics courses.

In addition to his academic and administrative duties, Dr. Hodge is a researcher, author and editor. This includes serving as senior associate editor for the Center’s Journal of Healthcare, Sciences, and Humanities. This double‐blind, peer‐reviewed journal — a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Sponsored Programs — was first published in 2009 by the former Navy Medical Institute for the Healthcare Humanities and Research Leadership, and then transferred to the center in 2012 for continued publication.

Before his current appointment at Tuskegee University, Dr. Hodge served as an adjunct/assistant professor of philosophy at Georgia State University and as a guest lecturer in philosophy, theology and ethics at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. For nearly two decades prior, he provided leadership to the Religion and Philosophy Department at Florida Memorial University in Miami. During a portion of that time, he also taught moral theory and bioethics courses at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. He also served as adjunct professor of philosophy, ethics, religion and logic at Broward College, Miami Dade College, St. Thomas University and Barry University, all in South Florida.

As a pastor, Dr. Hodge has served as minister of education, minister of leadership, and executive pastor in extremely large Southern churches. His passion has been in developing children ministries — the focus of his work at each of the churches where he has served. Also, Dr. Hodge was senior pastor of the Anastasia Temple of Pembroke Pines, Florida — a non‐denominational church he founded to serve the least, the lost and the left out. During his leadership, the Anastasia Temple was a fast‐growing church that placed its primary focus on feeding the homeless and reaching out to children challenged by disabilities or other social inequities.

His formal training, ministry service, and academic service are his passion and testimony. Dr. Hodge, the 11th of 12 children born to Alice and Alvin Hodge, rose above being blinded at 12 years of age by an abusive person to become an ambassador for Christ through love, empathy, compassion and care. While pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Miami, he completed his dissertation entitled Jesus the Virtue Ethicist: A Meta‐ethical Anticipation of Moral Sentimentalism, Empathy and Care, which draws from the continued intersection his life has had with these virtues. The themes of physical, emotional and spiritual healing continued to prevail in the books he later authored: In the Midst of My Tears (2003), God of Our Silent Tears (2001), and God of Our Silent Tears: A Five Week Journey (2003).

A native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dr. Hodge’s academic background also includes a Bachelor of arts degree in Bible, Theology and English from American Baptist College in Nashville, Tennessee; a Master of Arts degree in Education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma; a Master of Theological Studies degree from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; a Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia; and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Hodge is presently in the research and writing stage of two books: Pragmatic Bioethics and Intersectionality: Public Health Ethics, Bioethics and African Americans (Springer’s Press) and Jesus, Trust and Virtue Ethics: A Philosophical Theology of Trustworthiness (Scholar’s Press). His work continues to intersect the role of virtue, empathy and care in our existential concerns.

He is married to Theresa Paula Hodge, an excited and passionate elementary school educator who teaches in Gwinnett County, Georgia. They have three children: David II (a science teacher), Avia (a neuroscience major at Nova Southeastern University), and Jonathan (an excited junior high school student).

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