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Bioethics Grand Rounds


December 8, 2015
3:30-4:30 PM, Turner Conference Room, D209 Health Sciences Building

Surgical Errors and Adverse Events: Caring for the Patient and the Surgeon

The connection between the prevention of errors during surgical care and surgeons
following the highest and strictest ethical standards will be analyzed. Since the goal is
the ethical practice of surgery and the minimization of error in all its facets – human,
individual, systemic, and technical – error prevention and surgery ethics will be
discussed. We as surgeons need to think about these issues and how they affect
everyday decision making, not forgetting that "surgery harms before it heals".
Alongside any surgical error, there are always two victims: the patient and the
surgeon. Communication breakdowns will be also considered.

Alberto R. Ferreres, MD, PhD, MPH, FACS (Hon.), ASA(Hon.)
Professor of Surgery University of Buenos Aires 
Chairman Department of General Surgery
"Dr. Carlos A. Bocalandro" Hospital
Director Residency Program in General Surgery
Director Surgical and Endoscopic Training Center
President International Society of Digestive Surgery (ISDS)
President-Elect International Society of Surgery (ISS)

Alberto R. Ferreres, MD, PhD, JD, MPH, FACS (Hon.) received his medical degree “summa cum laude” from the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, where he completed his residence in General Surgery and a fellowship in Surgical Oncology. He was appointed 1991 International Guest Scholar of the American College of Surgeons, and completed a Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He serves on the Editorial Boards of JAMA Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and World Journal of Surgery. He is a gastrointestinal surgeon specializing in minimallyinvasive surgery and interested in surgical ethics, global surgery, and professional liability issues. 


We invite you to join us for Bioethics Grand Rounds, co-sponsored by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee at the University of Washington Medical Center.

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Date Speaker Topic
Sep 2015 Lainie Ross, MD, PhD “Living Kidney Donors and Their Recipients:
Who Wants to Know What?”
April 2015 Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD “Is respecting patient autonomy enough, or must we promote autonomy as well?"
Feb 2015 Autumn Fiester, PhD "What Does Patient-Centered Care Demand in Deep Cultural Conflict"
Jan 2015 Paul Menzel, PhD and Bonnie Steinbock, PhD "Advance Directives, Dementia, and Assisted Death"
Nov 2014 David Schenck, PhD "Death's Broker: Ethics Consultation in the ICU"
Feb 2014 Wylie Burke, MD, PhD "Delivering Precision Medicine: The Role of
Practical Wisdom"
Nov 2013 Doug Opel, MD, MPH Shared Decisiion-Making in Medicine: A Decrepit Concept
Oct 2013 Panel Discussion w/ UW Ethics Advisory Committee:
Moderators: Laura Webster, RN MA and Jamie Shirley, RN, PhD
The Capacity Conundrum: When Should We Compel Life-Sustaining Treatments Over the Objection of Incompetent Patients?
Arp 2013 Rebecca Levine, JD, MPH From Congress and Courts to the Bench and Bedside: Promoting Dialogue between the Health Care and Disability Communities
Nov 2012 Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Eyes Wide Open: Physician Relationship
with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Sep 2012 Sallie Thieme-Sanford, J.D.

The Supreme Court’s ACA Decision and “the neediest among us”

Apr 2012 Kelly Edwards, Ph.D.

"People Matter: Innovative Approaches to Engage Participants in Research"

Feb 2012 Michael J. Souter, M.B.Ch.B
"Donation after Cardiac Death –Shades of Grey"
Nov 2011 John T. Slattery, Ph.D. and
S. Malia Fullerton, D.Phil
“Promoting Responsible Collection and Use of Residual Clinical Specimens in Research: the Washington Phenotyped Biospecimen Resource”
Sep 2011 J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH "Integrating palliative and critical care: An empirical approach to providing ethical and high quality end-of-life care"
Apr 2011 Mark Tonelli, MD MA "The End of Evidence: The Ethics and Epistemology of Clinical Decision Making"
Feb 2011 Paul W. Zarutskie, MD "From Babies to Stem Cells: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies"
Nov 2010 Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD MTS; Thomas Gallagher, MD;
Mary Beth Foglia, PhD RN

“Should hospitals disclose adverse events that might harm multiple patients?”

Sep 2010 James Gordon, MD, FRCPC, FAAN

"Neurological Enhancement and Moral Decision making in Medicine"

Apr 2010 Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, RN ‘Why Do Families Request “Futile” Life-Sustaining Treatments?’
Feb 2010 Pat Kuszler, MD, JD and
Sallie Sanford, JD
“How about Health Care Reform? What’s the Prognosis?” 


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