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Boston Public Library Author Talk Series at the Central Library. Speaker: Dr. James O’Connell, President of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP).

Dr. James O’Connell, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor

May 16, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Three decades ago, James O’Connell, MD, was fresh out of Harvard Medical School and on his way to a prestigious oncology fellowship at Sloan-Kettering. His mentor, a legendary Boston doctor-humanitarian, asked him to head up a new pilot medical program for the city’s homeless men, women, and children—Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). Dr. O’Connell thought he’d put in a few years, and then get back on track with his “real” career. But along the way, he fell in love with the challenges of homeless medicine, his patients, and their stories, now collected in Stories from the Shadows. O’Connell tells the history of homeless medicine in Boston, largely through the treatment, triumphs, and tragedies of some of his most memorable  patients. 

As president of BHCHP with an active practice working with people who live outside, Dr. O’Connell has become an international expert on homeless medicine, helping transform it into a highly respected specialty with a strong research base.


Commonwealth Salon, Central Library In Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston Ma 02116