Danny L Cavett, MLS
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose

SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

His academic experience includes undergraduate work at Mid-West Christian College (Now Ozark Christian College) in ministry.  Graduate work was done at The International School of Theology, and received his MLS from the University of Oklahoma.  He has completed Medical Ethics training at the University of Washington and is certified as a Palliative Care Chaplain.  He has completed training in CISM, Traumatology, and Psychological First Aid. After training as an Employee Assistance Professional he served as the Hospitals Employee Assistance Professional for many years.

Danny stated his ministry as a youth pastor and regular pastor for ten years.

Danny Cavett came to The Children’s Hospital 42 years ago as a staff chaplain.  His duties expanded as the hospital system expanded to the OU Medical System and became the Director of Pastoral Care.  He has been involved with issues surrounding children, medical ethics, End of Life, self-care and trauma.  Working with families and children with chronic illnesses he saw the need to facilitate teaching these children that they don’t have to be victims.  He founded the Cavett Kids Foundation formally in 1997.  The Foundation uses camp settings in teaching coping, character and connection.  Before 1997 he was instrumental in helping to start the Kidney camp 41 years ago (oldest in the nation for kids) and the cancer camp which has been going for 40 years.   Those were incorporated into the Foundation.  The Foundation has expanded to do Diversionary Play for the medical clinics, Transition groups and other activities geared to help teach the 3 C’s.  The Foundation now has six camps.

He has been involved in many Children’s issues concerning chronic illnesses.  He was part of a group of people who were instrumental in getting respite care for families with children chronic issues.  He has served on several boards including:  The Ronald McDonald House, Oklahoma Children’s Cancer Association, the UNOS Ethics board and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Danny has been Co-Chair of the OU Medicines Ethics Committees for many years and also serves on the IRBs for the OUHSC, Oklahoma Blood Institute, FAA, and Mid America University.  He has been involved with Oklahoma End of Life Issues and served on the Oklahoma Attorney General’s task force for end of life issues.  He teaches Medical Ethics at the OU Health Science Center every fall and taught Pastoral Counseling at Mid-West Christian College when it was in Oklahoma City.

Because of his work with trauma he was asked to be a part of a team from Oklahoma City to go to New York City after 911 and work with the NYC Fire Department concerning PTSD, Compassion Fatigue and self-care.