Dr. Raymond Barfield
Raymond Barfield, M.D., Ph.D., is a pediatric oncologist with an interest in the intersection of medicine, philosophy and theology. His medical research focuses on immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy) and improvement of the quality of life for children with severe or fatal diseases. Prior to his appointment at Duke Divinity School, Dr. Barfield worked for eight years in oncology and bone marrow transplantation at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
His work in philosophy focuses on ethics and the history of the impact of literature on philosophical thought. An author of dozens of publications in a range of genres including poetry, philosophy and medicine, he is currently working on a book manuscript titled “Poetic Openings: A Brief History of Philosophy's Ancient Quarrel with Poetry.”
In the Divinity School, Dr. Barfield interacts with students and faculty members bridging medicine, philosophy and theology. As director of pediatric palliative care for Duke, he works closely with the Institute for Care at the End of Life advancing interdisciplinary research, teaching and service by drawing on the strengths of both the Medical School and the Divinity School.
Dr. Barfield received his M.D., Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Emory University and his B.A. degree from Rhodes College.