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Christian Doctor's Digest - August 2015

  • Warren Kinghorn, MD - Professionalism in Medicine
  • Steve Furr, MD - Rural Medicine Practice Model
  • Robert Orr, MD, CM - CMDA's Same-Sex Marriage Statement


Warren Kinghorn, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School. He is a psychiatrist whose work centers on the role of religious communities in caring for persons with mental health problems and on ways in which Christians engage practices of modern healthcare. Jointly appointed within Duke Divinity School and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Duke University Medical Center, he is a staff psychiatrist and clinical teacher at the Durham VA Medical Center. Within the Divinity School, he works closely with students and faculty members interested in exploring the ways in which theology and philosophy might constructively inform Christian engagement with modern medicine and psychiatry. His current scholarly interests include the moral and theological dimensions of combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, the applicability of virtue theory to the vocational formation of pastors and clinicians, and the contributions of the theology and philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas to contemporary debates about psychiatric diagnosis, psychiatric technology, and human flourishing.

Steve Furr, MD, is board certified in family medicine. He has practiced in Jackson, Alabama for 30 years. Medical school training was at the University of South Alabama in Mobile Alabama. Dr. Furr completed his family medicine residency at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Currently the chairman of the Board of Trustees at the University of South Alabama, he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014. In 2012, he was inducted into the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame. The lay leader for the Alabama-West Florida conference of the United Methodist Church, Dr. Furr also serves as the president of the Association of Annual Conference Lay Leaders. He has also served as president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and the Alabama Medical Directors Association. Dr. Furr has also been a board member of the Alabama State Board of Medical Examiners and the Alabama State Committee of Public Health. He currently is a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress and an alternate delegate to the AMA.

Robert D. Orr, MD, CM, received his MD, CM degree from McGill University in 1966, did residency training in family medicine and practiced in Vermont for 18 years. He was named the Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989. Since completing a fellowship in clinical ethics at the University of Chicago (1989-90), he has held professorships at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Trinity International University in Illinois and the Graduate College of Union University in New York. He has lectured widely and authored, co-authored or co-edited five books, 16 book chapters and more than 150 articles on ethics, ethics consultation and end-of-life care. His most recent book is Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor (Eerdmans, 2009). He has been an active CMDA member for nearly 50 years and currently serves on the Board of Trustees. For more information about the Loma Linda Continuing Education Department, please visit