Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director, Mind/Body Medical Institute
Massachusetts General Hospital
This grant funded a scientifically rigorous study of the effects of third-party remote intercessory prayer on patients following heart surgery. The project was a replication of the original intercessory prayer study performed by R.C. Byrd in 1988 and also included “relaxation response,” a larger number of participants, and the administering of psychological and social questionnaires. Unlike the original Byrd study, this study suggested that intercessory prayer had no effect on complication-free recovery from heart surgery.
Director of Chaplain Services, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)