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The Rev. Dr. Anne C. Brower is senior chaplain and director of the Healing Ministry at the Washington National Cathedral. She is a graduate of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and was honored in 1997 by the American Association of Women Radiologists as "The Most Outstanding Woman Radiologist" in the nation.
Dr. Erica Brown is the Director for Adult Education at The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and consults for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Erica is the author of the book, "Inspired Jewish Leadership," a National Jewish Book Award finalist and "Spiritual Boredom," and co-author of "The Case for Jewish Peoplehood" (all through Jewish Lights). She was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow, winner of the Ted Farber Professional Excellence Award, and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. Erica has served as an adjunct professor at American University and George Washington University.
Wendy Cadge, Wendy Cadge is a sociologist at Brandeis University who writes about religion and medicine in the contemporary United States. Her forthcoming book "Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine" investigates how religion and spirituality is present in academic medical centers via chapel spaces, chaplains, and the daily work of nurses, physicians and other staff. She pays particular attention, in this book, to how religious diversity is negotiated by individuals and hospitals as organizations. She has also written extensively about prayer including studies of what people write in hospital prayer books, how physicians respond when patients and families ask them to pray, and how double blind clinical studies of intercessory prayer developed in the medical literature over time. Her first book, "Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America" (University of Chicago Press, 2005) is a study of immigrant and convert Buddhists.
Connie Domino, MPH, RN, teaches public health nursing at the University of North Carolina. She is a life coach, trainer, support group facilitator, motivational speaker, and author of "The Law of Forgiveness: Tap into the Positive Power of Forgiveness -- And Attract Good Things to Your Life."
Zafar Nomani is a professor emeritus of human nutrition and foods at West Virginia University. He received the King Hassan II Award at the first International Conference on Scientific and Medical Research on Ramadan, held in Casablanca, Morocco. For a follow-up feature, "Ask Zaf," you can send your fasting questions to him at email@example.com or post them on the comment board.
Ramesh Rao is professor of communication studies, and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Theatre at Longwood University. He is the Human Rights Coordinator for the Hindu American Foundation. He has written about health issues affecting Hindu Americans, and is now working with a team of doctors on minorities-related health issues.
The Rev. Dr. Albert Scariato is rector of Saint John's Episcopal Church in Georgetown. He was awarded his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College and was co-owner of a large Radiation Oncology practice in the Baltimore area.
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