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Harvey Gordon, M.D.

Harvey Gordon is a Jewish contemplative who represents the Jewish contemplative tradition on the board of Contemplative Network.  He is Clinical Professor of Urology and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Gordon is a graduate of Cornell University and New York University School of Medicine.  He has taught and practiced since 1967 at Baylor College of Medicine and at The Methodist Hospital. Now retired from the practice of Urology he serves on the Bioethics Committee and the Bioethics Consultation Service of The Methodist Hospital, and teaches Bioethics at Baylor College of Medicine.  He is an associate faculty member of Baylor’s Center for Ethics and Health Policy.  Dr. Gordon has also written about and taught Jewish Bioethics with special focus on end-of-life issues.  He is a student of Jewish spiritual pathways, especially those pursued in meditation.  He has published numerous articles and has co-edited two books.  He co-authored the chapter on “Jewish Bioethics” in “Annals of Bioethics – Religious Perspectives in Bioethics”.  He was the founding Chair of the Bioethics Committee of the Union for Reform Judaism and is the author of the booklet “When It Hurts Too Much to Live: Questions and Answers about Jewish Tradition and the Issues of Assisted Death”.  On a national level he has played leadership roles in the areas of Reform Jewish liturgy, religious living, adult education and social action.  He has been instrumental in the collaboration between Rabbi Schachter and Fr. Thomas Keating.

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