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Palliative Care and Ethics Committees: Diverse Approaches to Conflict

Thursday, March 20, 2014; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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This program is sponsored by the Bioethical Issues Committee and will focus on the expanding and dynamically changing role of ethics committees in institutions, as well as in community-based care, featuring an interdisciplinary panel of experts from law, medicine, nursing, social work, and bioethics. The historical and legal underpinnings of ethics committees will be reviewed including new mandates under the Family Health Care Decisions Act. Discussion will center on diverse approaches to negotiating conflict within the context of ethics committees (e.g., mediation, reflective practice models), and interaction between ethics committees and palliative care teams.

The program is interdisciplinary and targets all professionals including attorneys, physicians, nurses/nurse practitioners, social workers, ethicists, as well as health care managers.

Moderators: Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary Hospital; Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Ph.D., Chair, Subcommittee, Palliative Care

Speakers: Christopher P. Comfort, MD, Medical Director, Calvary Hospital; Nancy Neveloff Dubler, LL.B., Consultant for Ethics, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation; Professor Emerita, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Bruce Jennings, MA, Director of Bioethics, Center for Humans and Nature, and Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center; Joseph Lowy, MD, Director, Palliative Care Service, NYU Medical Center; Mary Beth Quaranta Morrissey, Ph.D., Chair, Palliative Care Subcommittee, City Bar Committee on Bioethical Issues; Kenneth Prager, MD, Director of Clinical Ethics, Columbia University Medical Center; Mathew C. Varughese, Associate General Counsel for Health and Research Affairs, Yale University

Sponsored by: Committee on Bioethical Issues, Wendy Luftig, Chair

Co-Sponsored by: Public Health Association of New York City, New York Academy of Medicine


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