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Bioethics Program Distinguished Lecturers

2012 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Eventes

William M. Sage, J.D., Ph.D.,
Vice Provost for Health Affairs,
James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence,
University of Texas School of Law

Dr. Sage graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University, where he was a John Harvard Scholar. Subsequently he received both his J.D. (with distinction, Order of the Coif, note editor, Stanford Law Review) and M.D. (Alumni Scholar) degrees from Stanford University and a doctorate honoris causa from the Universite of Paris Descartes. He practiced law with the firm of O’Melveny & Myers (Los Angeles) before joining the law faculty at Columbia University (N.Y). In 2006 he became the Vice Provost for Health Affairs and the James R. Dougherty Chair for Faculty Excellence in Law at the University of Texas. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Hasting Center and the New York Academy of Medicine, and an honorary fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine. Dr. Sage has edited several books on health care law and policy, and authored or co-authored reports or monographs for the American Enterprise Institute, the Commonwealth Fund, the Milbank Memorial Fund, and the Institute of Medicine, among others. His numerous scholarly articles have appeared in legal, medical, and health policy journals.

Scheduled Event

Title: “Simplifying Health Reform”
Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM - Reception, 6:30 PM - Public Lecture
Location: MIND Institute 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Matthew K. Wynia, M.D., MPH
Director, Institute for Ethics, American Medical Association

Dr. Wynia was appointed a Section Director in the Institute for Ethics at its inception in 1997, promoted to Assistant Vice-President in March 1999 and named the Director of the Institute in May 2000. The mission of the Institute is to foster the health care of patients and the public by promoting the integrated place of ethics in medicine through research and educational outreach. As Director of the Institute, Dr. Wynia oversees the Institute’s Fellowship and Visiting Scholar Programs and a wide range of research projects on topics including: physicians’ responses to utilization review and market pressures in medicine comparing the codes of ethics of medical professional associations and the ethics-related policies of health care organizations exploring physician professionalism and the role of professionals in society and creating performance measures for health care ethics. Research that Dr. Wynia has led at the Institute for Ethics has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and other leading medical journals, and featured on news programs including ABC News Nightline, NPR’s All Things Considered, and the BBC World Service.

Dr. Wynia also practices internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Wynia received his BA from the University of Oregon’s Honors College with majors in Philosophy and Biology. His undergraduate thesis was entitled “Paternalism in Medicine.” He received his MD from the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine in Portland and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he was an Intern, Resident, and Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the Deaconess Hospital.

Dr. Wynia went on to complete a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and an AHCPR Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services Research at Tufts University/New England Medical Center and he received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in Health Policy and Management. The 1996 winner of the AFCR Nellie Westerman Prize for Research in Ethics, Dr. Wynia has developed innovative uses of health services research methods to advance the research agenda of ethics in medicine. Institute researchers employ physician surveys, decision analysis modeling, game theory, and the creation of unique data sets using systematic review techniques to examine today’s pressing questions of health care ethics.

Scheduled Event:

Title: TBD
Date: Thursday, February 2, 2012
Event: Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Event
Time: 5:30PM – Reception, 6:30 PM Public Lecture
Location: Medical Education Building, Lecture Hall 1222 4610 X Street Sacramento, CA 95817

2011 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Events

Anita L. Allen, Esq.
Deputy Dean & Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy
University of Pennsylvania Law School
Anita L. Allen is an expert on privacy law, bioetics, and contemporary valuses and is recongized for her scholarship about legal philosophy, women's rightgs, and race relations. In 2010 she was appointed by President Obama to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. Her books include Everyday Ethics: Opinion-Writing about the Things that Matter Most, (2010); Unpopular Privacies (forthcoming Oxford); Privacy Law and Society (Thomson/West, 2007); The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (Miramax/Hyperion, 2004); Why Privacy Isn't Everything Feminist Reflection on Personal Accountability (Rowan and Littlefield, 2003); and Uneasy Access: Privacy for Women in a Free Sociey (Rowan and Littlefield, 1988). She co-edited (with Milton Regan) Debating Democracy’s Discontent (Oxford, 1998). Allen writes for popular magazines and blogs, and has frequently appeared on nationally broadcast television and radio programs.
Scheduled Event:
Title: "Beyond the Obvious: Why Privacy Matters to Bioethics"
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Event: Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Event
Time: 5:30PM – Reception, 6:30 PM Public Lecture
Location: MIND Institute – 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Robert D. Truog, M.D.
Professor, Medical Ethics and Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School
Senior Associate, in Critical Care Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston
Dr. Robert Truog is Professor of Medical Ethics and Anesthesiology (Pediatrics) at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Truog received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and is board certified in the practices of pediatrics, anesthesiology, and pediatric critical care medicine. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Brown University. Dr. Truog’s major administrative roles include Director of Clinical Ethics in the Division of Medical Ethics and the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Associate Director of the Office of Ethics at Children's Hospital, Boston, Chair of the Harvard Human Subjects Research Committee at Harvard University, and membership on the Harvard University Faculty Committee of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics. His academic work has primarily centered on the ethical issues that arise in anesthesia and critical care, and he recently authored national guidelines for providing end-of-life care in the Intensive Care Unit. He lectures widely nationally and internationally. His writings on the subject of brain death have been translated into several languages, and in 1997 he provided expert testimony on this subject to the German Parliament. Dr. Truog is an active member of numerous committees and advisory boards, and has received many awards over the years, including The Christopher Grenvik Memorial Award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine for his contributions and leadership in the area of ethics. In 2000, Dr. Truog also received an honorary Masters of Arts from Harvard University in Cambridge.
Scheduled Events:
Title: “Rethinking the Ethics of Organ Transplantation”
Date: Thursday, September 9th, 2011
Event: Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Event
Time: 5:30PM – Reception, 6:30 PM Public Lecture
Location: MIND Institute – 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

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Title: “Ethical Issues Related to Brain Death and Organ Recovery for Transplantion"
Date: Friday, September 10th, 2011
Event: Pediatric Grand Rounds
Time: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Location: UC Davis Medical Center - Main Hospital ACSU Conference Room G343

Title: “When Things Go Wrong - Talking with Patients and Families after Adverse Events and Medical Errors”
Date: Friday, September 10th, 2011
Event: Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Event
Time: 12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Location: UC Davis Medical Center - Main Hospital ACSU Conference Room G343

Paul A. Lombardo, JD, Ph.D.
Professor, Center for Health, Law & Society
Georgia State University College of Law

Dr. Lombardo received both his Ph.D. in history and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. From 1985-1990 he practiced law in California. From 1990 until 2006 he served on the faculty of the Schools of Law and Medicine at the University of Virginia, where he directed the Center for Mental Health Law at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and the Program in Law and Medicine at the Center for Biomedical Ethics. In 2006, he joined the faculty at Georgia State University's College of Law. As a member of the core faculty of its Center for Law, Health and Society, he teaches courses in Genetics and the Law, the History of Bioethics, Mental Health Law and the Legal Regulation of Human Research. In recent years he has lectured in Italy, Russia, Pakistan and Canada, and at dozens of colleges and universities in the U.S. He has published extensively on topics in health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics. His recent book, Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell (2008), was recognized at the 2009 Library of Virginia Literary Awards; it also earned him designation as a 2009 Georgia Author of the Year. In 2009 he also received the Georgia State College of Law, Patricia Morgan Outstanding Faculty Scholarship Award. He has also been a historical consultant for several films, including, The Lynchburg Story (Discovery Channel, 1993), Race: the Power of an Illusion Part I, "The Difference Between Us" (PBS, April 2003) and most recently, The Golden Door (presented by Martin Scorsese/ Miramax, 2006) a feature film released in the U.S. in 2007 that explored the impact of eugenic screening on early 20th Century immigrants at Ellis Island. He was recently appointed as a Senior Advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.
Scheduled Events:
Title: "Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell"
Date: Thursday, May 19, 2011
Time: 5:30PM Reception & 6:30PM - Public Lecture
Location: MIND Institute 2825 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

Title: “Disability, Discrimination and America’s Eugenic Legacy”
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Location: MIND Institute 2825 50th Street Sacramento, CA 95817

2010 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Events

Steven H. Miles, M.D.
Professor, Center for Bioethics
Professor, Department of Medicine

Title: "End of Life Care: A 2010 Empirical Update"
Date: April 1, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM - Medicine Grand Rounds
Location: PSSB 4150 V Street, Suite G300 Sacramento, CA 95817

Title: "What Does the Hippocratic Oath Mean for Us Today?"
Date: April 1, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM Reception, 6:30PM Public Lecture
Location: Cancer Center Auditorium - 4501 X Street, Sacramento, CA 95817

September 22, 2010

Eric T. Juengst, Ph.D.
Professor, Social Medicine and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Title: "Mid-Life Crises at 100? Ethical and Social Implications of Controlling Human Aging through Regenerative Medicine"
Date: September 22, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Event: Bioethics Program, Center for Healthy Aging, CTSC and the Institure for Regenerative Cures
Location: CTSC 2921 Stockton Blvd., Suite 1400, Sacramento, CA 95817

Title: "Nothing Personal but, ..... "The Clinical and Ethical Implications of Personalizes Genomic Medicine"
Date: September 22, 2010
Time: 5:30 PM - Reception, 6:30PM - Public Lecture
Location: Medical Education Building  4610 X Street, Matsuie Lecture Hall, Room 122, Sacramento, Ca 95817

2009 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Events

March 12th, 2009
Kathleen Boozang, J.D., L.L.M.
Associate Dean and Law Professor
Seton Hall Law School

April 16th, 2009
Vanessa N. Gamble, M.D., Ph.D.
University Professor of Medical Humanities
Professor of History
The George Washington University

2008 - Bioethics Distinguished Lecture Events

April 24th, 2008

Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, Institute for the Medical Humanities
Professor of Family Medicine
John P. McGovern Centennial Chair
University of Texas, Medical Branch

June 5th, 2008

Joseph Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Chief, Division of Medical Ethics
Professor of Medicine
Professor of Public Health
Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

September 25th, 2008

Lainie F. Ross, M.D., Ph.D.
Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum Professor of Clinical Ethics
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Surgery
Associate Director, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
University of Chicago

December 4th, 2008

Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Deputy Director of Medicine
Phoebe R. Berman Institute Bioethics
Johns Hopkins University