Guest Speaker: Dr. Robert Magrisso, MD
September 14, 2002
Internist, Evanston (IL) Hospital, will speak about his own near-death experience. "Dying to Live: Insights From a Near-Death Experience"
Robert Magrisso, M.D. is a general internist, in private practice in
Winnetka, Illinois. He is a Senior Attending physician on the staff of
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and has a teaching appointment on the
faculty of Northwestern University Medical School. In addition, he is an
Associate Medical Director with Palliative Care Center of the North
Shore. His undergraduate work was in physics and he received a Master of
Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University prior
receiving his M.D. degree at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New
York and his internal medicine training at State University of New York,
Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved here from New York
City in 1982.
Dr. Magrisso has been a member of Cafh Order, a spiritual path, for over
25 years and serves as a spiritual director in that path. He is married
for over thirty years to Allegra Magrisso and they have 3 children.
In 1995, Dr. Magrisso had a near fatal heart attack that was accompanied
by a cardiac arrest, during which time he had a near-death experience.
He has spoken on his experience at medical grand rounds at Evanston
Hospital and Cook County Hospital. He has spoken on the general topic of
\"Life Threatening Illness and Spiritual Unfolding\" at St. Louis
University, C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and at the national meeting
of American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2001 (the
latter with Amy Peterman, PhD). In addition, he has written numerous
articles on spiritual themes for the journal *Seeds of Unfolding,*
including \"Dying to Live - The Via Negativa of Renouncement.\"
He is also an artist and will be having a exhibit in October at the ARC
gallery at 734 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, called \"Inner Spaces -
Constructions, Carvings and Collages,\" some of which relate to the