Recorded Talks

The Ethics of Human Brain Organoids & Human-Animal Neural Chimeras | Grand Rounds

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

John H. Evans

John H. Evans is the Tata Chancellor's Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute for Practical Ethics and the University of California, Sand Diego. He is an elected member of three honorific societies representing bioethicists, sociologists, and scholars of the relationship between religion and science. He is the author of seven books and over 60 articles examining science bioethics, and religion.


Trauma Informed Care | Harborview Ethics Forum

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Alexandra Hernandez

The Bioethics and Humanities department presents a Harborview Ethics Forum presentation by Dr. Alexandra Hernandez, MD, MCR on "Trauma Informed Care." This presentation will review the definitions of trauma and trauma informed care and discuss ways in which we can apply trauma informed care in our daily practice. Dr. Alexandra Hernandez will also describe the current American College of Surgeons initiative to embed trauma informed care training in trauma centers nationally.

Objectives:

  • Create a shared definition of trauma and trauma informed care
  • Define the six principles of trauma informed care
  • Apply trauma informed care principles to the care of clinical patients

Speaker Bio: Alex Hernandez is currently a University of Washington PGY-4 General Surgery Resident. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, she completed her bachelor’s degree at University of Washington and medical doctorate at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). She was introduced to trauma informed care (TIC) as a medical student through work on a TIC in structural competency coursework and in designing a course for surgical interns. As a resident she has been involved in the American College of Surgeon’s Trauma Informed Care curriculum since her first year in residency. She plans to pursue a fellowship in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care after residency.


The Invisible Costs of Saving a Life | Bioethics Grand Rounds

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Katherine E. Standefer, MFA

Please join the Bioethics and Humanities department for a Bioethics Grand Rounds presentation by Katherine E. Standefer, MFA: The Invisible Costs of Saving a Life.

In this presentation, Standefer will unfold some of the complex ethical supply chain considerations relevant to manufacturing medical technologies, drawing on the research from her book Lightning Flowers, which attempts to trace the origin of her own implanted cardiac defibrillator. The presentation will explore topics like conflict minerals, global forest conservation, and the displacement of indigenous people, helping the audience reckon with the impacts of our resource-oblivious medical system and consider the potential of technology reuse and resource recycling.

Objectives:

  • Describe the social and environmental ethical issues embedded in medical technology supply chains
  • Underline the resource-obliviousness of our current medical system
  • Identify strategies for reducing resource waste through clinical decisions, the U.S.'s regulatory landscape, and med tech company policies

Gun Violence Prevention: What is Possible? | Harborview Grand Rounds

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, PhD | Julia Schleimer, MPH

The Bioethics and Humanities department presents a Harborview Ethics Forum lecture by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, PhD and Julia Schleimer, MPH: Gun Violence Prevention: What Is Possible?.

This presentation will summarize the scope of gun violence in the United States and review specific approaches with the greatest potential to prevent it and reduce its harmful consequences. Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar will describe the scope of gun violence in the United States and identify specific approaches with the greatest potential to prevent gun violence and reduce its harmful consequences.

Dr. Rowhani-Rahbar is the Bartley Dobb Professor for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Pediatrics, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy & Governance, and Interim Director of the Firearm Injury & Policy Research Program at the University of Washington. He evaluates community-based interventions, social programs, and public policies for their impact on multiple forms of violence with a particular emphasis on preventing firearm-related harm. In recognition of his contributions to deepening our understanding of the risk and consequences of firearm-related harm, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2023.


Redlining in Medicine | Harborview Ethics Forum

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Natalie McCarthy | Sharon Reed | Sherronda Jamerson

This month’s forum, Redlining in Medicine, features three amazing speakers: Sherronda Jamerson, MA, SUDP, Sharon Reed, RN, MSN, BSN, AAACN, and Natalie McCarthy, JD. They will be presenting on cases that have been reported with concern for raced based discrimination and harm affecting our black patients with a goal of helping promote an equitable approach to healthcare. 

Objectives:

  1. Review cases that have been reported with concern for raced based discrimination and harm affecting our black patients.
  2. Discuss our bias and misconception.
  3. Promote an equitable approach to health care.

Sherronda Jamerson obtained a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from City University College in Seattle, WA, and became certified as a Chemical Dependency Professional in 2007. She has also presented at state and national behavioral health conferences on the topics of DEI and Healthcare Equity. 

Sharon Reed is a Registered Nurse with master's degree in nursing education from University of Washington. Her research addresses how implicit bias within healthcare professionals affects the care/treatment of African Americans. She now works to bring awareness and educate other providers tools of teaching from a holistic approach. Currently employed at Harborview Medical Center as an ambulatory nurse with focus on educating African Americans on hypertension and a member of HMC Ethics committee.

Natalie McCarthy is a Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, and Investigation and Resolution Specialist at the University of Washington Health Sciences.


Precision Medicine in a Dvierse World: Considering the Complexities | Grand Rounds

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Dr. Malia Fullerton

The Bioethics and Humanities department presents a lecture by Stephanie Malia Fullerton, DPhil: Precision Medicine in a Diverse World: Considering the Complexities

Dr. Fullerton is Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the UW School of Medicine. She is also Adjunct Professor in the UW Departments of Epidemiology, Genome Sciences, and Medicine (Medical Genetics), as well as an affiliate investigator with the Public Health Sciences division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.  Dr. Fullerton’s work focuses on the ethical and social implications of genomic research and its equitable and safe translation for clinical and public health benefit.

Objectives:

Review a prior argument for precision medicine equity made by the presenter
Consider a critical reappraisal of that analysis in the light of experience with newer genomic research initiatives
Recognize that there is more work to be done to achieve equity in genomic research and precision medicine


Ethics of Access: Abortion Care and Reproductive Justice in Tumultuous Times | Bioethics Grand Rounds

Friday, May 26, 2023


Ethics of Access: Abortion Care and Reproductive Justice in Tumultuous Times

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Speaker

Katie Watson, JD

Katie Watson is an Associate Professor of Medical Education, Social Science in Medicine, and OB/GYN, as well as a core faculty member in the graduate program in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and a long-time member of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital ethics committee at the at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her JD from New York University School of Law and practiced public interest law before completing fellowships in Clinical Medical Ethics (University of Chicago Medical School MacLean Center) and Medical Humanities (Feinberg School of Medicine) and joining the Northwestern faculty.

Objectives

  • Describe the current state of abortion law in states across the US
  • Analyze abortion access within the conceptual framework of reproductive justice

Top Ten Things Clinical Ethicists Need to Know About VSED | Harborview Ethics Forum

Wednesday, May 10, 2023


Top Ten Things Clinical Ethicists Need to Know About VSED

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Speaker

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C

Dr. Pope is a foremost expert on medical law and clinical ethics. He focuses on patient rights and healthcare decision making, especially at the end of life.

A fellow of the Hastings Center and previously both a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, and a visiting scholar at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland; Pope is now a Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
 

Objectives

  • Explain ethical and legal duties of clinicians when a capacitated patient wants to hasten her death by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED).
  • Evaluate ethical and legal duties of clinicians when presented with an advance directive directing stopping eating and drinking (VSED) on behalf of an incapacitated patient

Harborview Ethics Forum | Bioethics Grand Rounds

Tuesday, April 18, 2023


Endocarditis and Substance Use Disorder: Ethical dilemmas in dual disease

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Panel

Featuring (left to right below):

Laura Katers, PA-C, MCHS, MS, Jim Kirkpatrick, MD, Jamie Shirley, PhD, RN, Keri Nasenbeny, MHA)

Description

Endocarditis in the context of substance use disorder raises multiple ethical issues and is well-recognized as presenting challenging conundrums. A not-infrequent complication of intravenous drug use, endocarditis is a life-threatening disease with a high morbidity and mortality. Care planning must directly and realistically address addiction, while also implementing complex clinical interventions. This interactive, case-based session will equip participants with skills to discuss resource utilization, futility, and moral distress, in the context of providing compassionate care.
 

Objectives

  • Recognize ethical dilemmas related to managing care of patients with endocarditis and substance use disorder
  • Describe strategies for discussing resource utilization and futility in this context
  • Identify causes and approaches to addressing moral distress in these cases

Harborview Ethics Forum | Bioethics Grand Rounds

Wednesday, April 12, 2023


Disability, Quality of Life, and Medical Practice

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Speaker

Joel Michael Reynolds, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Disability Studies at Georgetown University, Senior Research Scholar in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Senior Bioethics Advisor to and Fellow of The Hastings Center, and Faculty Scholar of The Greenwall Foundation.

Dr. Reynolds is the author or co-author of five books and over fifty journal articles, book chapters, and scholarly commentaries. They are the founder of The Journal of Philosophy of Disability and co-founder of the book series Oxford Studies in Disability, Ethics, and Society from Oxford University Press.

 

Objectives

  • Discuss and recognize the complex issues impacting quality and equity of care for disabled patients.
  • Define and develop a critical, historically-informed understanding of the concept of "quality of life."
  • Recognize the role of ableism in healthcare delivery and how to become actively anti-ableist.

BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS | CONVICTION

Thursday, March 2, 2023


Race and the Trouble with Predicting Violence with Brain Technologies

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Dr. Rollins

Speaker

Oliver Rollins, PhD is an Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. Rollins is a qualitative sociologist who focuses on issues of race/racism in and through science and technology. Specifically, his research explores how racial identity, racialized discourses, and systemic practices of social difference influence, engage with, and are affected by, the making and use of neuroscientific technologies and knowledges. Rollins’s book, Conviction: The Making and Unmaking of The Violent Brain (Stanford University Press, 2021), traces the development and use of neuroimaging research on anti-social behaviors, with special attention to the limits of this controversial brain model when dealing with aspects of social difference, power, and inequality. Currently, he is working on a project that examines the neuroscience of implicit bias, chiefly the challenges, consequences, and promises of operationalizing racial prejudice and identity as neurobiological processes. He is also developing a new project that seeks to elucidate and speculate, the socio-political dilemmas, ethical vulnerabilities, and anti-racist potentials for contemporary neuroscientific practices. Rollins received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Francisco.

 

Objectives

  •  Define the social construction of race, express how it relates to normative practices of scientific racism, and formulate new ways to dismantle practices of racial inequity that operate through biomedicine, science, and bioethics. 
  •  Explain the limits of using neuroscientific technologies to predict complex social behaviors, and examine the ways that bioethics may address the potential social harms of using prediction behavior from brain data.  
  •  Recognize how scientific technologies can shape our democratic understanding of criminality and safety, and how such knowledges are often uncritically built into larger scientific and biomedical practices at the expense of the health and well-being of historically marginalized populations. 

HARBORVIEW ETHICS FORUM | ETHICS OF CARING FOR INCARCERATED PATIENTS

Wednesday, January 11, 2023


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Speaker:

Lara Strick, MD, MSc
Clinical Associate Professor, UW Medicine
Corrections Program Director, 
Mountain West AIDS Education & Training Center (MWAETC)
 

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of confidentiality for patients who are incarcerated
  • Clarify the role of the clinician when caring for patients who are incarcerated
  • Know when it is appropriate to advocate for a patient who is incarcerated
     

HARBORVIEW ETHICS FORUM | VOLUNTARILY STOP EATING AND DRINKING (VSED)

Wednesday, December 14, 2022


An Option of Last Resort Near the End of Life

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Speaker:

David Gruenewald, MD, FACP
Section Chief, Palliative Care & Hospice Service
Geriatrics/Extended Care Service Line
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Associate Professor of Medicine
Co-Director, Palliative Medicine Fellowship
Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
University of Washington

 

Dr. Gruenewald is Section Chief of the Palliative Care and Hospice Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He is Co-Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

His varied clinical interests in patient care near the end of life include the management of symptoms, especially difficult pain management problems; palliative treatments of “last resort” including palliative sedation and voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED); conducting goals of care conversations; and communication skills. He co-founded the Palliative Care & Hospice Service at VA Puget Sound in 2004 and the UW Palliative Medicine Fellowship in 2008.  He was project leader of a Dept. of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve family meetings in intensive care units, and co-chairs the national Hospice-Palliative Care Workgroup for the VA Electronic Health Record Modernization program.

 

Objectives:

  • Describe ethical arguments for and against VSED near the end of life
  • Identify reasons patients near the end of life may choose VSED
  • Discuss steps health care providers should take in evaluating requests for hastened death, including VSED
  • Discuss management of symptoms during VSED
     

BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS | GRIEF ON THE FRONT LINES

Friday, November 4, 2022


A Conversation with Rachel Jones and LaTonya Trotter

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Speaker:

Rachel Jones, author of Grief on the Front Lines, will address some of the most challenging aspects of healthcare and explore paths to a more supportive and sustainable working environment.

Drawing on her research and interviews, Rachel will discuss the manner in which doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers are emotionally affected by the work that they do, and ways they’ve found to cope. This conversation will be moderated by LaTonya Trotter, PhD, MA, MPH, UW Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities.

 

Objectives:

  • Identify and name at least four of the most challenging aspects of working in healthcare
  • Identify at least two institutional programs that are successful in supporting healthcare workers to process grief and trauma
  • Discuss at least three small, specific actions that individuals can take to better support their mental health and well-being
     

CARDIOLOGY AND BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS

Friday, September 9, 2022


Cardioethics of Heart Procurement after Cardiac Death

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Speakers:

James Kirkpatrick, MD
Professor of Medicine, UW Cardiology and Bioethics and Humanities
 

Denise Dudzinski, PhD, HEC-C
Professor, UW Bioethics and Humanities
 

Jay Pal, MD
Professor of Medicine, UW Surgical Director of Heart
Transplantations
 

Objectives:
Upon completion of this program, attendees should be able to:
• Explain the DCD donation and procurement processes.
• Discuss novel clinical and technical dimensions of procurement.
• Analyze and debate ethical issues raised by DCD in the context of heart transplantation.


BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS | AUTOMATING (IN)JUSTICE

Thursday, May 26, 2022


The Ethical Implications of Algorithmic Intelligence in Health Care

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Speaker:

LaTonya Trotter, PhD, MA, MPH 

Associate Professor, Bioethics and Humanities

University of Washington, School of Medicine
 

Objectives:

  • Identify and summarize the potential risks and benefits of algorithms in medical decision-making.
  • Determine the relationship between medical algorithms and health disparities.
  • Review and describe the relationship between the history of anti-blackness and medical practice.

Harborview Ethics Forum | Medicine and Social Justice: A Case Study

Wednesday, November 10, 2021


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Speakers: 

Helen Jack, MD, MA completed Internal Medicine residency at University of Washington in 2021 and is now an Acting Instructor in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She splits her time between providing primary care at a prison in eastern Washington with the Washington Department of Corrections and conducting both domestic and global research on the integration of behavioral health into primary health care.

 

Marissa Marolf, MD, MPH completed Internal Medicine residency at the University of Washington in 2021, and is now doing a second residency in psychiatry.


Harborview ETHICS FORUM | HEALTHCARE AT THE EDGE OF THE SAFETY NET

Wednesday, October 13, 2021


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Speaker:

Dr. Russ Berg completed his PhD, MD, and subsequently an internal medicine residency at the University of Washington.  This was capped by serving as the Harborview Ambulatory Chief resident between 2019-2020.  Dr. Berg is currently the primary care provider at the Red Lion Hotel which has been a shelter for homeless patients during the pandemic.

From the Seattle Times, 5/23/2021:
 
“Dr. Russell Berg, a Harborview doctor who once paid weekly visits to the Downtown Emergency Service Center’s main shelter and now treats patients on-site at the Red Lion full time, said he’s seen changes in patients here that are nothing short of transformative. 
“Wounds started healing, like, miraculously,” Berg said.  
 
At the hotel, which allows people to stay 24/7, people can elevate their limbs, allowing injuries to heal, wash regularly and obtain the medications Berg prescribes. With on-site laundry service, private bathrooms, medication delivery and an on-site clinic, Berg said he’s watched a number of his patients go back into the workforce. This kind of shelter, he said, became “a great enabler of stability.
 

Harborview Ethics Forum | Implicit Bias: What you see isn't what you get

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


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Speaker:

Naomi Shike, MD is an internist with the hospital medicine group, providing care to patients while they are hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center. She previously served as a Chief Resident and Clinician Teacher Fellow at the Puget Sound VA Medical Center in the Primary Care Clinic, and during residency she completed the HIV Pathway, and remains interested in both medical education and HIV care.

In addition to her clinical interests and responsibilities, Dr. Shike is interested in the application of social psychology, in which she completed a masters degree prior to beginning her career in medicine, to research, patient care and teaching. She is passionate about furthering equity in healthcare, better understanding health-related behavior and her patients’ diverse beliefs and practices surrounding health, and teaching students and trainees to identify and work to mitigate the effects of bias in our healthcare system.

Dr. Shike came to Seattle after attending medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She completed her residency and chief residency at UW, and is now a proud and dedicated Pacific Northwesterner and Seattlite.


BIOETHICS GRAND ROUNDS | INDIGENOUS SPEAKER SERIES

Monday, May 17, 2021


 

Speakers: 

Dakotah Lane, MD and Esther Lucero, MPP (Diné)

In recognition of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on Native American communities, the Department of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington & the Indigenous Speaker Series at Northwest Indian College - Nez Perce and UW Tacoma invite you to a virtual webinar about Indigenous communities’ experiences, concerns, and hopes related to Covid-19.

 

We acknowledge the People – past, present, and future – of the traditional territory of the Puyallup and other ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish People on whose lands we study and work.

Related to the NWIC mission of supporting and fostering learning through the generations and dissemination of knowledge, we acknowledge that the land of the Nez Perce Site Campus is on the original homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce people) of the past, present, and future. We acknowledge the entirety of history of this place and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.


Harborview Ethics Forum | When Race/Racism is the Elephant in the Room

Wednesday, October 14, 2020


 

Speakers:


Sherronda Jamerson, SUD, MA has worked in a wide array of psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment settings for the past 15 years, from hospital-based inpatient and day treatment, to methadone and outpatient. She currently sits on Harborview Medical Center’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and the African American Health Board. She has experience working in community support services for clients with mental health, substance abuse, chemical dependency, and/or co-occurring disorders using evidence-based and promising practices. 

Robert S. Lewis is a certified Instructor for teaching Enhanced Non-Violent Crisis Intervention and Trauma Informed Care approaches to de-escalation through the Crisis Prevention Institute program since 2009. Robert has spent the last 32 years working in hospitals and schools advocating for the safety of others and those most vulnerable to violence. The programs he teaches provides advocacy for the safety of those staff providing care, treatment, and education. He has spent the last 18 years at Harborview.


HARBORVIEW ETHICS FORUM | SUPER UTILIZERS: THE ETHICAL BENEFITS AND PITFALLS OF "FREQUENT FLYER" PATIENT ICONOGRAPHY

Wednesday, June 10, 2020


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Speakers

Laura Waszkewitz, MSW, LICSW

Douglas Zatzick, MD

Matthew Cazier, RN, BSN, CCRN


Harborview ETHICS FORUM | ETHICS HEALTHCARE EQUITY & COVID 19

Wednesday, May 13, 2020


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Speakers:

Martine Pierre-Louis, MPH is Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Harborview Medical Center.  She holds a master in public health with a focus in international health.  A leader in language access for three decades, she was a founding member and past board member for both the Society of Medical Interpreters and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care.  She has collaborated on multiple community-based public health efforts focusing on health care access and quality outcomes for refugee and immigrant families.   She has partnered with the Medical Center’s Quality Improvement department to track and measure disparities by race, ethnicity and language and has collaborated with health care teams and community partners to develop innovative programs to decrease disparities in vulnerable communities. 

 

Maralyssa Bann, MD

Dr. Bann works clinically as a Hospital Medicine physician caring for a breadth of inpatient clinical care needs. She has previously served as the Director of Hospital Medicine and is currently the Associate Medical Director for Acute Care at Harborview Medical Center.

 

Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS

Dr. Dudzinski is Professor & Chair of the Department of Bioethics & Humanities, Adjunct Professor in the School of Law and in the Departments of Pediatrics & Family Medicine at the University of Washington.  She earned her PhD in Ethics from Vanderbilt University and her Masters of Theological Studies (MTS) from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  She is Chief of the UW Medicine Ethics Consultation Service, which is active in three UW Medicine hospitals.


GRAND ROUNDS | COVID-19 Series

Thursday, May 7, 2020


Session 1: Ethics in Triage Criteria: Should there be Priority Status for Healthcare Workers?
Thursday, May 7th, 12-1pm PT
 
Session 2: Ethics in PPE Conservation: Homemade Masks and Supererogatory Actions
Wednesday, May 13th, 4-5pm PT
(Please note: Due to special restrictions the slides and recording of this session are only available to viewers with a UW net ID/password)
 
Session 3: Ethics in COVID-19 Therapies: Research and Stewardship
Thursday, May 21st, 12-1pm PT
 
Session 4: Ethics and Healthcare Equity in COVID-19
Wednesday, May 27th 4-5pm PT
Session Slides-TBD

2020 AAAS Annual Meeting I Death in the 21st Century

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Malia Fullerton, DPhil

Dr. Malia Fullerton participated in a panel titled "Death in the 21st Century: What is Left Behind" at the 2020 American Association for Advancing Science Annual Meeting.  The panelists explored sustainable burial practices; social and legal dimensions of a digital “afterlife,” and questions of long-term curation, access and use of genetic data, and other health information. In discussing such topics, the aims were to develop socially and scientifically informed policies relating to these issues. 


Harborview Ethics Forum | Is dialysis for this patient an appropriate use of resources?

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER ETHICS FORUM ​“Is dialysis for this patient an appropriate of resources? Let's talk about what we're all thinking.”

Abstract:  As the medical community becomes increasingly aware of the unsustainable costs of health care, we may question the resource use that we see day to day in clinical practice. Whether and how to continue dialysis for seriously ill patients at HMC is a common question for the ethics committee, and in many of these situations, clinicians may be unsure about how to respond to what they see as a “waste” of medical resources. One of the pitfalls of bedside rationing is not addressing it explicitly, so let’s discuss whether we should be rationing dialysis and if so, where, who, and how.
 
Speaker: Catherine (Kate) Butler, MD, Bio: Catherine (Kate) Butler, M.D. is a senior research fellow in the UW Division of Nephrology, and a member of the Harborview Ethics Committee. Dr. Butler earned her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and completed her clinical Internal Medicine and Nephrology training at the University of Washington. She is currently continuing her education through the UW Division of Nephrology research fellowship and UW Department of Bioethics master's programs with a goal to better understand and improve kidney care for older adults with complex illness with a particular interest in how these patients navigate the kidney transplant evaluation process.

GRAND ROUNDS | Time for a Heart-to-Heart: Reflections on Life in the Face of Death

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Bob Mitchell, PhD

Location: UW Medical Center, Plaza Cafe A/B, 1959 NE Pacific St #110, Seattle, WA 98195

Abstract: Patience, will, hope, humor, self-belief, knowing, not knowing: the seven powers that end-stage and critical cardiac care patients have within their grasp but often don’t take advantage of during prolonged mentally and physically painful hospital stays. And social workers, techs, psychiatrists, fellows, residents, cardiologists, oncologists, other ologists, and surgeons alike can help encourage, inspire, and extract these powers in their patients, particularly those who are unable to benefit from them on their own.  Although these seven powers can all be difficult to extract, that is precisely (and ironically) what makes them so beautiful and so precious and what can well be the difference—and even the deciding factor—between life and death.  This lecture is largely based on one of the many insights author Bob Mitchell pondered during and after his 100-day hospital stay and subsequent twelve-hour heart and kidney transplant surgery.   

Biography: Bob Mitchell studied at Williams College, Columbia, and Harvard, where he earned a PhD in French and Comparative Literature.  He is a novelist, essayist, poet, memoirist, and heart and kidney transplant survivor.  Bob has published eleven books, including a recent memoir about his transplant surgery with a foreword by Larry King and an afterword by Dr. Jon A. Kobashigawa, upon which his lecture is largely based.


GRAND ROUNDS | Is Death Relative? Navigating the Clinical Complexities Surrounding Brain Death

Monday, November 5, 2018


Speakers

Claire Creutzfeldt, MD, Assistant Professor, Neurology

Denise M Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, Professor and Chair, Bioethics & Humanities

James A Fausto, MD, Associate Professor, Family Medicine; Medical Director, Palliative Care