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Reflections of a street doctor

Dr. James O’Connell, a founding physician and president of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), will speak at BC on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in Gasson Hall, room 100. BHCHP, the nation’s first medical respite program for homeless persons, serves more than 13,000 individuals each year in two hospital-based clinics and in more than 60 shelters and outreach sites in Boston. This innovative program provides acute and subacute, pre- and post-operative, and palliative and end-of-life care. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. O’Connell began full-time clinical work with homeless individuals in 1985. He designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995. Dr. O’Connell published Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor,collection of stories and essays he wrote over 30 years of caring for homeless persons in Boston. It gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets. Dr. O’Connell is a recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award. Sponsor: Park Street Corporation Speaker Series.