Perkins, Houston Methodist to Host Sept. 17 Faith & Medicine Luncheon

Within medicine, there is growing recognition of the importance of faith and religion. On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Houston Methodist will partner with Perkins School of Theology/Southern Methodist to host the second annual Faith & Medicine luncheon. Faith & Medicine will explore the convergence of an individual’s beliefs and health care. The topic will be addressed from the perspectives of both medical and religious leaders, including Houston Methodist’s renowned surgeon, Dr. Eugene Alford, and Perkins’ Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles.


The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Boulevard, in Houston.  Cost is $50 per ticket or $250 per premium ticket.  Purchase tickets here >

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Eugene Alford

In December of 2007 Dr. Eugene Alford, world renowned specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, was injured by a falling tree while working at his farm outside Houston, and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down. After 10 months in the hospital and grueling rehabilitation, Dr. Alford fought his way back to performing surgeries, and now operates from an electric wheelchair that allows him to stand and work freely.

Dr. Eugene Alford

Dr. Alford worked hard to return to his work at Alford Plastic Surgery because of his passion for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head and neck with a special emphasis and expertise in rhinoplasty. With 20 years of experience in reconstructive surgery, Dr. Alford understands the deeper anatomy of the face, enabling him to create a solid foundation of support for the changes in the surface of the skin. His goal is to improve, not alter, a person’s appearance. In addition to his cosmetic work, Dr. Alford has become a collaborative force in the development of the Rex exoskeleton, the world’s first hands-free, independently controlled robotic walking device.

He’s served on the editorial board of 10 national medical journals, been an invited guest professor at 14 different U.S. and International Medical Schools and appeared on The Oprah Show, Larry King Live, The Discovery Channel, and most of the local Houston Television Stations as an expert in facial plastic surgery.
Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles has taught New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University since 2001. She received her B.A. from Stetson University where she studied Philosophy and Russian Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University. Her specialties include "The Gospel of John" and "Evil, Suffering, Death, and Afterlife in the New Testament."

Jaime Clark-Soles, Associate Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology, SMU 
 Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles

She is the author of Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer (WJK, 2010), Death and Afterlife in the New Testament (T&T Clark, 2006), and Scripture Cannot Be Broken (E.J. Brill, 2003). Dr. Clark-Soles enjoys speaking widely and writing for both academic and popular audiences. She has contributed articles to preaching resources in print and online (including Feasting on the Word and She also writes and speaks about teaching the Bible effectively (especially using resources from popular culture). Currently, she is writing a book on the Gospel of John as well as a book on Women in the Bible for the Interpretation series (WJK Press). She is completing an essay covering the Gospel of John, 1, 2, and 3 John, and Revelation for a new commentary titled Disability and the Bible: A Commentary. Dr. Clark-Soles appears in the Johannine videos in the Disciple Bible Study series. 

As an ordained American Baptist minister, Rev. Clark-Soles has served in both parish and hospice settings.

For additional information about this event, go to the Houston Methodist website.