The 19th Annual James E. & Bonnie L. Eckenhoff Lecture

Tracy BalboniThe Buehler Center is delighted to host the 2014 Eckenhoff lecture, “Spiritual Care: What Do Your Patients Want and What Difference Does it Make?”, presented by Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH. Dr. Balboni currently serves as an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and acts as Director of the Supportive and Palliative Radiation Oncology Service at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center – a service dedicated to the palliative radiation therapy needs of cancer patients. Inspired to study the spiritual needs of dying patients because of her work as an oncologist, her research has received national attention.

Her primary research interests are located at the intersection of oncology, palliative care, and the role of religion and spirituality in the experience of life-threatening illness. Her research endeavors have included examining religion and spirituality in the experience of advanced cancer as part of the ongoing NIH-funded Coping with Cancer study. Dr. Balboni’s research work at the intersection of spirituality and cancer care has received awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her work also includes forging improved dialogue between academic theology, religious communities, and the field of medicine.