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Conley Lecturer to Discuss Healthcare


G. Scott Morris, MD, MDiv

Church Health Center is the largest healthcare organization of its type in the United States, providing care with more than 42,000 patient visits annually without any government funding. Its founder and leader, G. Scott Morris, MD, MDiv, will talk about the group’s work and goals when he delivers the John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics, “What Makes a Great Surgeon?” today.

Dr. Morris will deliver his lecture during the Opening Ceremony, at 8:30 am in Hall B. He is a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister who founded the center in Memphis, TN, in 1987 with a goal of providing quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families.

“I am going to present a slightly different way of thinking about how, in the future, we could view what we do in terms of healthcare,” Dr. Morris said. “It can’t just be about technology. There has to be a way for us to understand that we are all human, and what does that mean when we practice medicine?

“Health is something that only happens when we are locked in trying to figure out how we live the life well-lived. A life well-lived is not just about longevity. We want to do whatever it takes to help people achieve what I think everyone would agree are the goals for living, which is having more joy in your life, having more love in your life, and being connected to those things that are greater than we are.”