Preventable medical error is a leading cause of death in the US today. In fact, current estimates place the number of lives lost to medical error at between 210,000 and more than 400,000 a year in the US alone. That would make it the third-largest killer in the US, just behind heart disease and cancer. […]
An annual campus-wide conversation on a crucial bioethics issue.
Hosted by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, Conversations in Bioethics brings together distinguished speakers and the broader community to explore a topic in bioethics and inspire leadership for change.
2019: Care and the Close of Life
This year’s panel held February 7th focused on End-of-Life Care. Live-stream link available here.
Our esteemed panelists include:
– Eduardo Bruera, MD, FAAHPM – Professor of Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston – a palliative care physician, is Department Chair and Professor of Medicine in the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, Division of Cancer Medicine
– Perry Ann Reed, MBA, MS, FACHE – Executive Director, WakeMed Children’s Hospital – healthcare manager and clinical ethicist, is Executive Director, at WakeMed Children’s Hospital, Raleigh, North Carolina
– John Duberstein, J.D. – widower of poet and writer Nina Riggs, author of the bestselling book The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying (2017, Simon and Schuster). Mr. Duberstein and Ms. Riggs are the parents of two young sons; they were married almost 17 years. Ms. Riggs lived with metastatic triple negative breast cancer for two years before her death at age 39.
“For me at the time — and I think this is indicative of the role of caregiver versus the role of the afflicted — that person is grappling with mortality. They are grappling with losing everything, but they are also going to be the absence. They are going to be the thing that is gone. And I was grappling with the fact of losing her, and going on.” – John Duberstein
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