Chaplain and Pastoral Care Services Staff

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To contact a chaplain, or to arrange for a visit, call 202-865-1587

Rev. Annie M. Lanier, M.S., M.Div

Chaplain, Director Pastoral Care Services

Rev. Lanier brings more than 37 years of experience and specializes in education in the health care areas.  She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. and Medical Technology training from Memorial Hospital in Danville, Va., with areas of expertise and interest in bacteriology and serology. After completing a master's in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University, Rev. Lanier served in the Immunology Department at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

She later received a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity and Certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She provided spiritual support to patients and families receiving hospice and palliative care from the Washington Home and Community Hospice in Washington, D.C. She brings experience in organizational development and interagency cooperation in Christian settings, business operations and budget development.

Rev. Lanier has extensive experience with diverse cultural beliefs, faiths and religious practices. She provides care with passion, utilizing interpersonal skills and spiritual gifts in order to promote healing, wholeness and spiritual fulfillment. Rev. Lanier is an ordained Baptist minister and professionally affiliated with the Progressive National Baptist Convention Inc., American Baptist Convention Inc., the D.C. Baptist Convention, Association of Professional Chaplains and the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Dr. Uzoma Opaigbeogu
Hospital Minister

Dr. Uzoma Opaigbeogu is one of the hospital Ministers at Howard University Hospital’s Department of Pastoral Care Services. He has been at the hospital for seven years. He is an ordained minister who has done extensive study in the area of pastoral care and counseling.

Dr. Opaigbeogu has a Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry degree from Howard University School of Divinity. The title of his doctoral dissertation is “The Unique Contribution of Pastoral Care and Counseling to the General Practice of Counseling at Howard University Hospital (2001-2005).”

He also has a Graduate Certificate in International Studies from Howard University Graduate School. Prior to his studies at Howard University, he attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

His doctorate is with a specialization in pastoral care and counseling. His research interests are in the area of pastoral care and counseling, biblical studies, homiletics, Christian ethics, world religions, systematic theology and philosophy of religion.

Cecilin L. Chisholm MD, M.Div
Hospital Minister

Dr. Cecilin Chisholm is a graduate of the College of Medicine at Howard University and has practiced pediatrics in the city for 26 years, serving the Department of Human Resources in the Ambulatory Health Care Division. After retirement in the year 2000 she attended Howard University School of Divinity and attained the Master of Divinity Degree in 2002.

Since August 2002 she has worked at Howard University Hospital in the Department of  Pastoral Care Services as a hospital minister, giving counseling and support to patients and staff through prayer and sharing the word of God. In her spare time she volunteers at nursing homes throughout the city, giving spiritual support and guidance to the residents. She also participates in missionary outreach programs offering medical services to the needy in Caribbean and Latin American countries.

Father Tesfamariam Baraki
Catholic Chaplain

Father Baraki is assigned to Howard University Hospital by the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. He has CPE Training and he has been with Howard University Hospital for more than six years.

Patients and family members are also supported by volunteer ministers from various places of worship in the Metropolitan area. Volunteer training is provided by the departments of Pastoral Care Services, Nursing Education, Human Resources, Hospital Security and the Department of Tele communications.