In this M3 Conference Plenary Session, Stephen J. Spann, MD, MBA, Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine, reviews the scientific evidence on the power of compassionate relationships between healthcare professionals and their patients, in terms of better clinical outcomes, better patient satisfaction, lower costs of care, and lower healthcare professional burnout and greater joy. Jesus healed through relationships, and we are instruments of His healing through our relationships with others; this is the cornerstone of medical missions.

Dr. Stephen J. Spann is a family physician leader, educator, researcher, and the Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine. Dr. Spann has dedicated his career to improving health and health care around the world by training future health care professionals, contributing to the scientific knowledge base of primary care, leading medical school faculty, physician medical groups and hospital medical staffs, and striving to practice excellent, evidence-based family medicine.