Faith and Fear in the Ebola Crisis: Two Months Volunteering in Liberia

Event details

  • Tuesday | February 3, 2015
  • 8:10 am
  • St. Louis Priory School 500 South Mason Road Creve Coeur, MO 63141
  • 401-643-1255

Speaker: Dr. and Deacon Timothy P. Flanigan, professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Brown University

Event Details: As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa nears a total death toll of 6,000, Dr. Timothy Flanigan, a Providence-based infectious disease specialist, reflects on the two months he spent organizing medical aid in Monrovia, Liberia—the heart of the Ebola outbreak—during a lecture to students at St. Louis Priory School, in St. Louis, MO.

Flanigan, a professor of medicine at Brown University, Deacon in the Diocese of Providence, and member of the Catholic Church’s Ebola Response Team, spent two months last fall organizing aid to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. His tasks included training doctors and medical professionals on safe practices, organizing equipment distribution, and writing guidelines for the construction of medical facilities.

“Tim is a leading infectious diseases expert in the United States, and has been so courageous in his service to the Church and those suffering in West Africa. We couldn’t be more honored to host him,” says Christopher Fisher, executive director of the Portsmouth Institute.

Registration: This event is by invitation only.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Timothy P. Flanigan is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He developed the HIV Core Program at the State Prison to provide care for HIV infected individuals and link them to community based resources upon release. He is also associate director of The Miriam/Brown Fogarty Program which trains and mentors overseas investigators in HIV/AIDS. Dr. Flanigan is a permanent deacon in the Diocese of Providence, and serves at both St. Theresa’s and St. Christopher’s Churches in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Dr. Flanigan was the recipient of a community health leadership award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of outstanding primary care for underserved HIV infected individuals. In 2005, he received an honorary doctorate from Salve Regina University for his support of educational opportunities for children of incarcerated parents.


Flanigan at his host parish in Monrovia, Liberia
Flanigan and three others prepare for training.