When Helen Morris, MD, graduated from the CU School of Medicine in 1956, she was one of only five women in her class. After a long and accomplished career in research and teaching, Dr. Morris is celebrated not only for boldly blazing the trail generations of women would follow into medicine, but also for her philanthropy, mentorship, and community service.
A Denver native and child of eastern European immigrants, one of Dr. Morris’ latest gifts is funding the new American Jewish Experience in Medicine Program at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. Center Director Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH is excited to be hosting the new program. “Dr. Morris’ gift is incredibly creative and a perfect fit for us, because it exemplifies the intersection of humanities and bioethics by examining how history affects the culture of health care today.”
Dr. Wynia believes the new American Jewish Experience in Medicine Program will expand awareness of the history of Jewish people in the health sciences, using this history to illuminate contemporary challenges and encourage mutual understanding in a multicultural society. “At most medical campuses history is a neglected branch of the health humanities,” he says, “but our campus is relatively unique in our strong efforts to learn from history. Like Dr. Morris, we believe that learning history is critical for understanding the present and also for building a better future. We won’t be able to create the future we want if we don’t understand how we got to where we are today.”
View a recording of the Inaugural Event on March 14, 2022
Legacies of the American Jewish Health Community: Colorado’s Leading Role in Treating Tuberculosis
Presentation by Jeanne Abrams, PhD, Professor, University of Denver Libraries and Center for Judaic Studies and Director of the Rocky Mountain Jewish Historical Society & Beck Archives. Featuring respondentsCharles L. Daley, MD, Chief, Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections, National Jewish Health and Tom Noel, PhD, Professor Emeritus of History and Director of Public History, Preservation & Colorado Studies, University of Colorado Denver.
Top right image: Heliotherapy on porches, Jewish Consumptive Relief Society, circa 1930
Beck Archives, University of Denver Libraries