Dennis O'Hara

Dennis O'HaraDennis O’Hara graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1979 and the Ontario College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1986, subsequently teaching at both of these colleges while practising as a chiropractor and naturopathic doctor. He attained a Master of Divinity degree in 1992, awarded conjointly by the University of Toronto and the University of St. Michael's College. In 1998, he completed a PhD in systematic theology (ethics) from the University of St. Michael ’s College. He also holds a specialization in theology and ecology awarded conjointly by the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology and the University of St. Michael ’s College. The title of his doctoral thesis was: “The Implications of Thomas Berry’s Cosmology for an Understanding of the Spiritual Dimension of Human Health.” Since 2002, he has been an assistant professor of ethics in the graduate Faculty of Theology and Director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology at the University of St. Michael's College. He is also an associate faculty member for the Centre for Environment at the University of Toronto, co- teaching a graduate course in environment and health. He has spoken widely to professional and academic gatherings on ecotheology, health care ethics, and the spiritual dimension of human health. He has been actively involved with the work of the Natural Health Products Directorate in Health Canada. He is a co-investigator of the CIHR funded Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine Research. He has also contributed to on-going efforts to integrate courses on complementary and alternative medicine into undergraduate medical education through the Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Undergraduate Medical Education Group. (http://www.fp.ucalgary.ca/CAMinUME/documents.html). He recently completed a report on naturopathic medical education for the World Health Organization and continues to consult for that organization.