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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.

Dr 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.

 

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