James Duffy M.D. Ch.B. F.A.N.P.A.President/CEOJDuffy@tmh.tmc.edu
Click here for biography.Jim Duffy was born in Liverpool, England on March 4, 1956.He
considers himself most fortunate to have grown up in richly diverse ethnic environments.As a young boy he
moved with his
family to South Yemen where his
father was stationed as a physician with the Royal Airforce
during the period of the "Suez crisis".Although he
cannot remember much of his
time in the Middle East, Jim
does believe that it probably accounts for his
passion for spicy foods.The family eventually returned to England but soon decided to emigrate to what was then Southern Rhodesia . It was here that Jim
spent most of his
formative years and witnessed the turmoil wrought by civil war.Following his medical education at he University of Rhodesia, Jim spent several years working as a physician in independent Zimbabwe.
Following this he
obtained further postgraduate training in internal medicine and diagnostic radiology in South Africa at the University of Cape Town
Driven by a desire to further understand the experiences of his
decided to pursue training in psychiatry and immigrated to the United States in 1985 where he
completed a residency in adult psychiatry at Brown University
residency training, and eager to expand his
understanding of human behavior, Jim
completed fellowships in neuropsychiatry at Harvard and Brown
and then accepted a faculty appointment at Brown
initiated a clinical neuropsychiatry program.His
major areas of academic interest in neuropsychiatry have been frontal lobe functioning, disorders of motivation and Huntington's disease.In addition, he
has edited texts and has published widely on medical history, bioethics and medical education.Jim has been on the faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine since 1996 where he is Head of the Division of Medical Psychiatry and Palliative Medicine.He has become increasingly active in palliative medicine and was a founding member and chairman of the Connecticut Coalition to Improve End-of-Life Care.He has received several grants to support his research in end-of-life care, including two grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
In addition to his
work with patients and families, Jim
has developed a professional renewal program for physicians and runs workshops for healthcare providers intended to help them recapture the meaning in their work.In 2001, he
was awarded a Kornfield Foundation Fellowship to support his
work in the area of physician wellness as well as to support his
study of the wisdom foundations of healing.
Jims spiritual tradition is Tibetan Buddhism.Over the years he
has been fortunate enough to receive teachings from remarkable Tibetan teachers.He
is repeatedly inspired by the spirit of the Tibetan refugees he
has met and worked with in the refugee camps of India.Jim
is currently working on a book that describes the spiritual and personal development of the healer.The text draws heavily on the ancient perennial wisdom that underlies the healing experience.In addition to his role at the Institute for Religion and Health, Dr. Duffy is Medical Director of the Institute for Palliative Medicine at The Methodist Hospital.
In this capacity, he
is working to develop innovative inter-disciplinary models for providing compassionate and effective care for patients and families coping with incurable medical conditions.Dr. Duffy is Professor of Psychiatry in Public Health at the Weill Cornell College of Medicine.