Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 10:39

Dr. O’Connell will share his remarkable stories of his experience with homeless men, women, and children, and speak of the humanity and courage of people who struggle to survive on the streets.  Join us on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, for a book signing and readings beginning at 5:30 pm in the Faculty Conference Room, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. O’Connell is the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), which now serves over 13,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital-based clinics. Dr. O’Connell’s book Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor was published in 2015 in celebration of BHCHP’s 30th anniversary. Dr. O’Connell is president of BHCHP and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. O’Connell has been featured on ABC’s Nightline and in the feature-length documentary Give Me a Shot of Anything. He has received numerous awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award in 2012 and The Trustees’ Medal at the bicentennial celebration of MGH in 2011.

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s mission “since 1985 has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston area. We believe it has been and continues to be medicine that matters…”

Books will be available for purchase.

More information about Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program can be found at

Meet the Author Series is sponsored by Worcester District Medical Society, and the Humanities in Medicine Committee of the Lamar Soutter Library.