David Schenck, PhD, is director of the ethics program at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is co-author of two books that approach ethics and healing in health care from an empirical perspective, Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work and What Patients Teach: Everyday Ethics of Healthcare. Schenck trained in religion and philosophy, with an emphasis in phenomenology and bioethics. After nearly 20 years as a professor of philosophy and religion, he served as the founding executive director of a free medical clinic, as a counselor and healthcare advocate for the homeless, and as a consultant to community-based nonprofit organizations throughout the southeast. Prior to coming to Medical University of South Carolina, Schenck was a clinical ethics consultant and member of the faculty at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.