RELATIONSHIPS are often centered on the WHAT of the other person. WHAT can they do for me? Let’s focus on the WHO.


MEDICINE as it is in any relationship, is the coming together of two people, one seeking help and the other offering it. Often, it becomes a “contract” – you do something for me and I will pay you (Actually my insurance company will pay you. Or if I don’t have any insurance, society will pay you).

My name is Dr. David H. Beyda, and I am the Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and serve as Chairman of the Bioethics Committee. At the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix I serve as Chair and Professor of the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism, as well as Professor of Pediatrics. I simply share this to tell you a little about WHO I am and why I wrote two books: Covenant Medicine: BeingPresent When Present and Border Crossings: It’s not what we bring but what we leave behind.

Having practiced medicine for 38 years, I’ve found that we need a re-focus. I invite you to join me as I do so.

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