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Religion, Spirituality, and Compassionate Healthcare: A Conversation with Dr. Ronald Lacro


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Ronald Lacro, M.D.,
Director, Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic; Associate in Cardiology, Boston Children's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 6:45pm
Location: Devlin 101

Sponsored with the Connell School of Nursing and the Medical Humanities, Health, and Culture Program of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.

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Ronald Lacro, M.D., is Director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, and Associate in Cardiology at Boston Children's Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. A leading authority on Marfan Sydrome and related connective tissue disorders, he has also been honored for his emphasis on compassionate care, both in his own clinical work and as a mentor and teacher to other healthcare providers. 

Dr. Lacro completed a fellowship in pastoral care for medical professionals in the Chaplaincy Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital, during a fellowship year with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. As a McGovern Scholar in Ethics at Children's Hospital, he has conducted research on the impact of spirituality and religion on medical decision-making.

Raised in Hawaii, Dr. Lacro earned his M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School, then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics, and a fellowship in dysmorphology/genetics, at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). In 1991 he founded BCH’s Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic, one of the first of its kind at the time, now part of the hospital’s internationally renowned Heart Center. He has led major multi-year NIH-funded studies of Marfan syndrome, published numerous scientific articles, and is a sought-after lecturer on new clinical advances for Marfan patients. In 2014 the Marfan Foundation awarded him its highest honor, the Antoine Marfan Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research and clinical care.

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The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, located in Boston, was founded to advocate for building compassionate relationships with patients receiving care. This summer, the center hosted its inaugural Compassion in Action Healthcare Conference. One of the topics discussed was that healthcare providers and non providers alike are concerned with where compassionate care practices are headed. They worry about the current state of these practices, but are also concerned about the impact the evolving healthcare system may have upon the ability to maintain compassionate practices. On February 13, Dr. Ronald Lacro will speak about the importance of religion, spirituality, and compassionate care in the medical field.