September 30, 2007
Guest – David Hilfiker
Program: Seeing Into the Eyes of the Poor
David Hilfiker, M.D. was trained as
a Family Practitioner and spent seven years in a rural Minnesota clinic
as a “country doctor” and ten years in at Community of Hope Health
Services, an inner-city clinic in Washington DC. He and his family lived
for five years at Christ House, a 34-bed medical recovery shelter for
homeless men that he helped to found. In 1990, he left Christ House to
found Joseph’s House, an eleven-bed home and community for formerly
homeless men with AIDS, in Washington, where he and his family lived
until 1993. No longer in active medical practice, he is currently the
Finance Director for Joseph’s House and works toward the creation of a
just society through his writing and speaking. In December 2002 and
January 2003, he spent time in Iraq and has since written and lectured
about the invasion of that country.
Hilfiker is the author of Healing the Wounds (Pantheon 1985) and
Not All of Us Are Saints (Hill & Wang 1994) as well as numerous
articles, many dealing with the medical care of the poor. His latest
book, Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen was published in
September 2002 by Seven Stories Press.
He and his wife Marja, have three grown children. He is an avid
bicyclist and backpacker. He practices daily yoga and meditation.