The Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School is hosting the Inaugural Catena Lecture in Medicine, Faith and Service that will be given by Tom Catena, M.D. The lecture is titled “Gratitude in Action: One Doctor. One Hospital. One Million Patients.”
The annual lectureship will publicly appreciate and encourage students to study the example of Catena, a singular alumnus of Duke University School of Medicine, and the only physician for a population of more than 750,000 in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, a conflict zone where humanitarian aid is restricted.
At the Mother of Mercy Hospital, which Catena founded in 2007, he treats as many as 400 patients a day and is on call around the clock. Treating casualties of the region’s civil war, he performs more than 1,000 operations each year, often without running water or electricity. In 2018, Catena received the Catholic Doctor of the Year Award from the Mission Doctors Association in Los Angeles, Calif. In 2017, Catena was awarded the $1.1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity, which honors unsung heroes working to preserve human life at great personal risk. He also is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Brown University (2016) and Yerevan State Medical University (2017), and was named one of the 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2015.
The Catena lectureship will be housed within and administered by the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative of Duke Divinity, in partnership with the Global Health Institute and the School of Medicine (via the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine).