Fulginiti Pavilion, Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, Colo.

My Pain is Ever With Me: How Healthcare Providers Can Respond Faithfully to Patients' Suffering

Thursday, Mar. 12 6:30 p.m.



Chronic pain affects up to 20% of all Americans and is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. While medication like opioid painkillers offer relief, they have also brought addiction and decay to individuals, families, and entire communities. In Colorado, emotional pain has become a public health concern, as rates of depression and suicide climb. As the first point of contact for patients in pain, healthcare providers are positioned to address these needs, but in an overloaded medical system, who has the time or resources to provide thoughtful, holistic care?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work and a team of medical practitioners for a faith-centered conversation about pain and clinical practice. Together we will consider:

How a biblical understanding of suffering informs patient care;

Helpful–and unhelpful–postures from Christian tradition that shape clinical practice;

Real-life experiences of patients in pain and their encounters with the healthcare system; and

Insights into Colorado’s growing mental health crisis.

How Healthcare Providers Can Respond Faithfully to Patients' Suffering


Bob Cutillo

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Bob Cutillo (MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons) is a physician for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in Denver, Colorado, an associate faculty member at Denver Seminary, and an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has also served as a missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bob currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Heather, and they have two married children. He is also the author of "Pursuing Health in an Anxious Age" (2016).

Brett McCarty, Th.D.

Duke Divinity School

Professor McCarty is a theological ethicist whose work centers on questions of faithful action within healthcare. He is associate director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, and he holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health Sciences. Professor McCarty is also a faculty fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and a faculty associate of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine. His publications include essays in The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and the compilation Spirituality and Religion within the Practice of Medicine. His research and teaching interests occur at the intersections of bioethics, political theology, public health, and theological anthropology. His current research projects focus on competing conceptions of agency within the modern hospital, religious responses to the opioid crisis, and historical and contemporary connections between Christian bioethics and political theology.

Abraham Nussbaum

Denver Health

Abraham Nussbaum, M.D., M.T.S., is the Chief Educational Officer at at Denver Health and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He earned a master’s degree in Medicine and Theology from Duke Divinity School and is the author of The Pocket Guide to the DSM-5(TM) Diagnostic Exam. His recent book The Finest Traditions of My Calling received national acclaim.


General Admission

Includes light refreshments.

Thursday March 12 6:30 p.m.

$20 USD/Ticket


Student Discount

Includes light refreshments

Thursday March 12 6:30 p.m.

$10 USD/Ticket