Program on Medicine and Religion


Shakeela Z. Hassan

Scholar, Program on Medicine and Religion
Associate Professor Emeritus, Anesthesiology and Critical Care
University of Chicago

Shakeela Hassan joined the University of Chicago’s Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care in 1961. She was deeply involved in teaching, research, clinical care, and departmental administration. Dr. Hassan lectured and collaborated on publications and conference presentations nationally and internationally, and built a network of colleagues bridging both the medical and interfaith spheres. On campus, she served on the Emergency Room and Medical School Admissions, committees, and was Clinical Director for the Operating Rooms.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hassan has explored the relationship between medical and social healing and the role of Sound. After her retirement, she served as national fundraising chair on the nationally-broadcast PBS documentary Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet (2002), and co-produced the documentary Ties That Bind (2004). She established Harran Productions Foundation in 2006 to house her multimedia efforts to connect communities of faith in meaningful dialogue. Harran’s Sounds of Faith concert initiative, incepted in 2009 at the University’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, has expanded to ten events ranging from Chicago to Miami and New York. The Sounds of Faith Chicago concert was filmed and broadcast on PBS in 2010. Dr. Hassan continues to advise a wide range of faith-based initiatives, and is regularly engaged as a public speaker on intercommunity action and medical-theological concerns.

Shakeela also serves the Islamic Foundation in Villa Park, Illinois; the National Board of the Bernardin Center of the Catholic Theological Union; the Advisory Board of Hands of Peace; the Advisory Board of the Lutheran School of Theology amongst others. Shakeela was recognized in 2007 as a Purpose Prize Fellow, and was a featured presenter at the 2009 CUSP Conference.

Dr. Hassan was recently profiled by the University of Chicago Magazine:

Some of Dr. Hassan’s talks can be viewed at the below links:

Stephen C. Meredith

Scholar, Program on Medicine and Religion
Professor in the Department of Pathology, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the College
Associate Faculty in the Divinity School
University of Chicago

Stephen C. Meredith works on the biophysics of protein structure, concentrating on amyloid proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases. He also teaches courses in the Divinity School on The Problem of Evil, and on Human Nature, and the College on James Joyce’s Ulysses, St. Thomas Aquinas, Augustine’s City of God, and other authors, particularly Dostoevsky and Thomas Mann. His main theological interest is in the problem of evil, and in this connection, he is currently writing a book on the philosophical perspectives on disease, which relies largely on fictional narratives of disease. His current interests also center on the impact of biotechnology and the genetic revolution on the definition of human nature.