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SXU’s 2008-09 Catholic Colloquium lecture series continues on Oct. 1

Chicago Public Health Comm. Terry Mason, M.D., tackles health care policy

Chicago (Sept. 30, 2008) Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Terry Mason, M.D., will discuss Catholic social teaching in relation to U.S. health care policy as part of Saint Xavier University’s 2008-09 Catholic Colloquium Series at Oct. 1, 6:30 p.m. at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus at 3700 W. 103rd St. 

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Butler Reception Room located in the Warde Academic Center. It will be the second in a four-part series covering the 2008-09 academic year.

“Dr. Mason’s extraordinary skill as a physician at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, is well- known,” SXU Vice President for University Mission and Heritage Sr. Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., said. “I am eager to hear his views on urban health care and the direction it might take if our next U.S. president were guided by specific Catholic social principles.”

Mason was appointed Public Health Commissioner by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2005 and is leading the mission to make Chicago one of the nation’s healthiest cities. He champions holistic approaches to health management, the role of family in building healthier communities and the elimination of disparities for underserved communities. 

He served as chief of Urology at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and as assistant professor of surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) College of Medicine. He is a faculty member at UIC’s School of Public Health. 

Mason’s popular radio talk show, Doctor in the House, airs on WVON radio each week, and he is a frequent guest on local as well as national television and radio programs. 

The 2008-09 Catholic Colloquium series focuses on four key principles of Catholic social teaching, which include human dignity; the common good; solidarity with those who suffer, especially the poor; and subsidiartity, where those who are closest to issues are the ones encouraged most to participate in decisions affecting their lives.

The annual series is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage. For more information about the lecture series, please contact Kathy Mareska at (773) 298- 3981. 

Contact: Rick Ducat
773-298-3325 or ducat@sxu.edu