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Balancing medicine and religion topic of WMU presentation

by Mark Schwerin

Oct. 4, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Nadia Tremonti.
KALAMAZOO--A leading physician in pediatric palliative care will speak about the delicate balancing act between medicine and religion Thursday, Oct. 6, when she visits the Western Michigan University campus.

Dr. Nadia Tremonti, medical director for both the Pediatric Palliative Care Team at Children's Hospital of Michigan and the Kaleidoscope Kids Team at Henry Ford Hospice in Detroit, will speak at 6 p.m. at the new University Center for Humanities in Room 2500 of Knauss Hall. Her presentation, titled "The Fine Line Between Culture and Crazy: A Doctor's Experience Balancing Medicine with Religion in Critically Ill Patients," is sponsored by the WMU Department of Comparative Religion and is free and open to the public.

Tremonti also serves as assistant professor of pediatrics at Wayne State University and is board certified in pediatrics and in hospice and palliative medicine.

Tremonti was born in Detroit and grew up in Grosse Pointe Park. She was awarded a full merit-based Medallion Scholarship to attend WMU where she pursued majors in biomedical sciences and comparative religion and earned a bachelor's degree in 1998. She then attended Wayne State University School of Medicine, earning her medical degree in 2002.

Tremonti completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Michigan and went on to serve an additional year as chief resident. After the completion of her residency, Tremonti completed a fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at the Detroit Medical Center. She also spent time training at both Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio and Children's Hospital Boston and completed a seminar by the Hospice Education Institute in London.

In 2007, Tremonti was hired to develop a pediatric palliative care team at Children's Hospital of Michigan. Since that time, the program has grown in to a comprehensive service for children with life-threatening and life-limiting diseases and their families, providing continuous, consistent and compassionate care in the hospital, in outpatient settings and at home. With more than 350 families served and treating a broad range of medical diseases, this program remains among the largest in the country.

Tremonti is the Department of Comparative Religion's 2011 Alumni Achievement Award recipient. She resides with her husband and daughter in Detroit and remains very active in her community and committed to the revitalization of the city.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Covell, associate professor of comparative religion, at (269) 387-4365 or