Dr. Robert Cowgill, MD
in 1978 was one of the first hospice medical directors in Atlanta, Georgia . Dr. Cowgill earned his medical degree from the University of Virginia in 1969. He was awarded a fellowship from the American Cancer Society in 1976 in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He was Clinical Instructor in surgery at Cornell Medical School and the New York Hospital. In 1980 he served as senior consultant in Surgery, King Faisal Specialist Hospital, Saudi Arabia. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery.He joined the staff of St. Joseph's Hospital in 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia and was involved in the first combined mastectomy and reconstructive breast surgery on a cancer patient.
Dr. Cowgill also served as a past president of a chapter of the American Cancer Society. Although trained in the West as a surgeon, Dr. Cowgill had a decidedly Eastern philosophy towards spiritual matters. He incorporated into the healing process the importance of the mind and body connection. He never touted this alone as a cure but rather as a compliment to the total treatment plan. At the time of his death in August of 2006, Dr. Cowgill was serving as Medical Director for VITAS hospice as well as maintaining a private surgical oncology practice.
Christine Cowgill, MS, CRC is a certified rehabilitation counselor who has over ten years experience in the area of workers' compensation medical and vocational case management. Christine was honored as an individual winner by the Atlanta Committee for Olympic Games for organizing in conjunction with Project Open Hand and a Unitarian and Catholic church, the first meals on wheels to persons with AIDS in Cobb County, Georgia. Christine also is a licensed life and health insurance agent. Christine seeks to make a positive social change in the area of end-of-life care through raising awareness and increasing mandatory training for our upcoming physicians and nurses in the areas of emotional and spiritual care to the dying.