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Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH)

David Green Memorial Speakers

Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA, FAAP

Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA, FAAP

Alyssa Burgart, MD, MA, FAAP is our 2022 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Alyssa Burgart is a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist and bioethicist, specializing in pediatric anesthesia and pediatric abdominal transplant anesthesia at Stanford Health. She is Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University, and Medical Director, Stanford Children’s Health, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Clinical Ethics Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Management, Palo Alto, California.  Dr. Burgart visits Utah January 19-21, 2022.  

There will be two opportunities to hear Dr. Burgart:

Steven Joffe, MD, MPH--2020-21 David Green Memorial Speaker

Steven Joffe, MD, MPH--2020-21 David Green Memorial Speaker

Steven Joffe, MD, MPH, our 2021-21 David Green Memorial Speaker, is the Founders Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Interim Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, and Director of the Penn Postdoctoral Training Program in the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genomics.  He is also Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

 Dr. Joffe attended Harvard College, received his MD from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), and received his public health degree from UC Berkeley. He trained in pediatrics at UCSF and in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital. His research addresses the ethical challenges that arise in the conduct of biomedical investigation and in genomic medicine and science. He is a member of the FDA’s Pediatrics Ethics Subcommittee, Chair of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Genomics and Society Working Group, and a member of the NIH’s data and safety monitoring board for COVID19 vaccine trials funded by the US government.

There will be two opportunities to hear Dr. Joffe:

Armand H. Matheny Antommaria, MD, PhD, FAAP--2019-20 David Green Memorial Speaker

Armand H. Matheny Antommaria, MD, PhD, FAAP--2019-20 David Green Memorial Speaker

Armand H. Matheny Antommaria, MD, PhD, FAAP, Director, Ethics Center, Lee Ault Carter Chair of Pediatric Ethics, Cincinnatti Children Hospital, Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnatti Department of Pediatrics, will be our 23rd Annual David Green Lecturer.

Prior to joining Cincinnati Children’s, Antommaria was chair of the Ethics Committee and Ethics Consultation Subcommittee at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He also was an associate professor of pediatrics in the Division of Inpatient Medicine at the University of Utah, as well as an adjunct associate professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities. Antommaria has published in journals, including JAMA and the Hastings Center Report, on organ donation after circulatory death, critical care triage and other ethical issues. He also is the lead author of two AAP policy statements and first author of the chapter on ethics published by the Task Force for Pediatric Emergency Mass Critical Care.

There will be two opportunities to hear Dr. Armand H. Matheny Antommaria:

Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MFA--2019 David Green Memorial Speaker

Jeffrey R. Botkin, MD, MFA--2019 David Green Memorial Speaker

Our 2019 David Green Memorial Speaker is Jeffrey Botkin, MD, MFA, Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah. He is a graduate of Princeton University and received an MD from the University of Pittsburgh, residency training at the University of Colorado and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. He is the past Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and serves as the Associate Vice President for Research Integrity with oversight responsibilities for the IRB and human subjects protection program at the University. He has received consistent NIH funding for research on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic technologies with a particular emphasis on research ethics, biobanking, newborn screening, and prenatal diagnosis. He is the Principal Investigator for the NIH funded University of Utah Center of Excellence for Ethical, Legal and Social implications of human genetics. Dr. Botkin is a member of the National Advisory Council for the National Human Genome Research Institute and a member of the NIH Council of Councils. He is the recent Chair of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections and a former member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Diseases in Newborns. He serves on the FDA Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee and chairs the NIH’s Embryonic Stem Cell Eligibility Working Group. Dr. Botkin chaired the consensus committee for the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s for its 2018 report on the Return of Individual Research Results. He is an elected member of the Hastings Center.

There will be two opportunities to hear Jeff Botkin:

  • "Biobanking Newborn Bloodspots: Henrietta Lacks Revisited" (February 21, 2019, 8am, Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Lectureship, Primary Children’s Hospital, 3rd floor Auditorium)
  • Evening Ethics: "Informed consent: enduring challenges and opportunities" (February 20, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm, Research Administration Building, Rm. #117)

 

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH--2018 David Green Memorial Speaker

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH--2018 David Green Memorial Speaker

Our 2018 David Green Memorial Speaker is Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, and Director of Education, Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Research Institute. Dr. Diekema is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine. His teaching responsibilities include education in the emergency department, monthly pediatric ethics conferences and several education committees.  He is past-chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics. His research interests include pediatric bioethics and pediatric wilderness medicine. Dr. Diekema's extensive bibliography includes Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook,Cambridge University Press, 2011.

There will be two opportunities to see Dr. Diekema:

  • Evening Ethics:  “OMG, What R They Thinking: Adolescent Refusals of Important Medical Care” (Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:30pm-7:00pm, Research Administration Building, 1st floor conference room (room #117))
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Memorial Lectureship: " When Parents and Providers Disagree: Understanding and Responding to Conflicts in the Care of Children" (Thursday, February 1, 2018, 8am-9am, 3rd floor Primary Children's Hospital Auditorium).
Mary E. Fallat, MD--2017 David Green  Memorial Speaker

Mary E. Fallat, MD--2017 David Green Memorial Speaker

Mary E. Fallat, MD, is the 2017 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Fallat is the Hirikati S. Nagaraj Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville, Division Director of Pediatric Surgery, and Chief of Surgery at Norton Children’s Hospital where she has been in active clinical practice for nearly 30 years. Dr. Fallat has a long history of service and leadership in Pediatric Surgery. She is the recent past president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and recent Chair of the American College of Surgeons Advisory Council for Pediatric Surgery. She is the current Secretary of the Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Fallat has had several focused areas of interest during her career at the University of Louisville. She has been actively involved in the care of the trauma patient and started the first pediatric trauma service at Kosair Children’s Hospital in 1988, while simultaneously developing leadership roles in the American College of Surgeons Kentucky and National Committees on Trauma. She led the initiative in Kentucky that culminated in Trauma System Legislation in 2008. She has been continuously funded as principal or co-investigator for the KY Emergency Medical Services for Children program since 1993. She participated in the IOM project “The Future of Emergency Care in the U.S. Health System” as a member of the Subcommittee on Pediatric Emergency Care. She has twice led the initiative to revise the national Equipment for Ambulances list, integrating pediatric equipment into the list. In addition to the EMSC grant, she recently completed a grant to develop an educational program to train EMS providers how to assist family members with next steps and personally cope with pediatric cardiopulmonary arrest and death in the field.

Dr. Fallat was the Section on Surgery member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics for 9 years before ascending to the Chair position in 2009. She was the primary author for several statements including the AAP Statement on Professionalism in Pediatrics. She has written on the topics of the Do-Not- Resuscitate Patient who requires Anesthesia or Surgery, Preservation of Fertility in Children and Adolescents With Cancer, and Termination of Resuscitation in Out of Hospital Pediatric Traumatic Cardiopulmonary Arrest victims. She served as a liaison from the AAP to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Committee on Ethics for four years and is a past Chair of the Ethics and Advocacy Committee of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. 

As the 2017 David Green Memorial Speaker, there are two opportunities to hear Dr. Fallat:

Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD--2016 David Green Memorial Speaker

Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD--2016 David Green Memorial Speaker

 
Jeffrey P. Brosco MD PhD, is the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker. Dr. Brosco is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development. Dr. Brosco’s research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children in early 20th century Philadelphia, the historical epidemiology of intellectual disability, and the history of newborn screening in the US. His current work integrates history, ethics, and clinical practice to forge systems-level approaches to improving child health, especially regarding large-scale screening programs.

As the 2016 David Green Memorial Speaker, there are two opportunities to hear Dr. Brosco:

Mark Mercurio, MD, MA--2015 David Green Memorial Speaker

Mark Mercurio, MD, MA--2015 David Green Memorial Speaker

Dr. Mercurio is Director of the Program for Biomedical Ethics and the Yale Pediatric Ethics Program, Professor of Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, and an attending neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is Chair of the Pediatric Ethics Committee, and Associate Director of the Yale University Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on the main campus. Recent work has appeared in Pediatrics, the Hastings Center Report, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and the Journal of Perinatology. He currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.

Dr. Mercurio presented the following as 2015 David Green Memorial Lecturer:

  • "Unilateral physician DNAR decisions in pediatrics," an Evening Ethics Discussion, May 13, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm, Research Administration Building, room #117
  • "Ethical decision-making in the setting of extreme prematurity," Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Memorial Lecture, May 14, 2015,  8am, PCH,  3rd floor Auditorium
Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS--2014 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Alex Kemper, MD, MPH, MS--2014 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, is a general pediatrician and health services researcher at Duke University. He attended medical school and completed residency training at Duke University. He then went to the University of North Carolina for fellowship training, after which he joined the faculty at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kemper returned to Duke in 2006. His research focuses on the evaluation of screening strategies across childhood. He now chairs the Condition Review Workgroup for the Secretary's Discretionary Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children and has recently become a member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. In addition to these activities, he is the Deputy Editor of PEDIATRICS.

Dr. Kemper presented the following as 2014 David Green Memorial Lecturer:

  • "Ethical Issues in Evidence-based Medicine," an Evening Ethics Discussion, March 5, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm, Research Administration Building #117
  • "Peer-Reviewed Publication: Lessons from Pediatrics," Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Memorial Lecture, March 6, 8am, PCMC 3rd floor Auditorium
Alice D. Dreger, PhD--2013 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Alice D. Dreger, PhD--2013 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Alice D. Dreger, PhD, is the 2013 David Green Memorial Lecturer on May 29th-30th. Dr. Dreger is Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She is author of Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex and One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal (both with Harvard University Press). She has published numerous articles on the contemporary medical treatment of children born with sex anomalies in medical and bioethics journals. She also coordinated and edited the two 2006 consensus handbooks, Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Disorders of Sex Development in Childhood and the companion Parents’ Handbook. Those two handbooks represented consensus documents involving over 50 specialist clinicians, affected adults, and parents of affected individuals. In 2011, UTNE Reader named her a visionary for her work on intersex, and TED released her talk on intersex in a Netflix compilation. She is currently completing a book on scientific controversies over human identity in the Internet age.

 Dr. Dreger presented the following for this lecture series:

  • “Can We Talk about the Nuremberg Code” (Evening Ethics Discussion, Wednesday, May 29th, 5:30-7:00pm, Research Administration Building, room #117) 
  • “Surgical ‘Normalization’ for Children Born with Atypical Genitalia: Controversies, Consensuses, and the Constant Cultural Conundrum” (Pediatric Grand Rounds, David Green Memorial Lecture, Thursday, May 30th, 8am-9am, PCMC 3rd Floor Auditorium)
Celia B. Fisher, PhD--2012 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Celia B. Fisher, PhD--2012 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Dr. Fisher is the Marie Ward Doty Chair and Professor of Psychology, and founding Director of the Fordham University Center for Ethics Education. She is past Chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Human Studies Review Board, a past member of the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP; and co-chair of the SACHRP Subcommittee on Children’s Research) and a founding editor of the journal Applied Developmental Science. For her work promoting the protection of vulnerable, marginalized, and at-risk participants in research, Dr. Fisher has been awarded the Health Improvement Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Human Research Protection. Dr. Fisher presented the following as our David Green Memorial Lecturer: 

On 4/4/12, an Evening Ethics Discussion entitled "Marginalized Populations and Addiction Research"

On 4/5/12, The Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture entitled "Ethics in Environmental Research Involving Children"

On 4/5/12, for the 4th year medical student medical ethics course, a lecture entitled "Informational Risk in Research Involving Genetic Testing"

Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MTS, FAAN --2011 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Christine Mitchell, RN, MS, MTS, FAAN --2011 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Christine Mitchell is Associate Director of Clinical Ethics in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. She developed and runs an annual Harvard Bioethics Course, leads the monthly Harvard Ethics Consortium, teaches in the ethics fellowship program, and organized and co-chairs the Ethics Leadership Council for the Harvard teaching hospitals and affiliated health care facilities. Her current research, with Judy Johnson and Bob Truog, is focused on evaluation of ethics consultation.

Ms. Mitchell is also Director of the Office of Ethics at Children where she co-chairs the hospital ethics consultation service. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing at Boston University and a Masterat Harvard.
As a founding Board member of the Society for Bioethics Consultation and past President of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, Ms. Mitchell has been involved with ethics committees nationally and locally since the 1980s, including the development of a Community Ethics Committee which she organized in 2007 to bring public voices into discussion of ethical issues concerning palliative sedation, non-therapeutic CPR, provider-patient interactions via social media, and other topics. She also serves on the clinical ethics consultation committee of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities which is proposing certification of ethics consultants.

Ms. Mitchell has made documentary films related to clinical ethics, including one which was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984, and a video for which she and film-maker Ben Achtenberg won a Freddie award in 2004. She has written a number of articles on ethics which have been published in the American Journal of Nursing, The Journal of Clinical Ethics, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Newsweek. Articles about her have appeared in Reader's Digest and Yankee Magazine.
Ms. Mitchell facilitated an Evening Ethics Discussion on "Legal Strategies for Handling Conflict about Non-Therapeutic Medical Treatments," presented at Primary Children's Grand Rounds, "Withdrawing Food and Fluid in Pediatrics: the same or different?" and presented in the 4th year medical ethics course at the University of Utah School of Medicine, "Who Me? Taking and Transferring Moral Responsibility within Teams."

Robert "Skip" Nelson, MD, PhD--2010 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Robert "Skip" Nelson, MD, PhD--2010 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Robert M. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., is currently the Pediatric Ethicist in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics, Office of the Commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. After receiving his M.D. degree from Yale University, Dr. Nelson trained in pediatrics (Massachusetts General Hospital), neonatology and pediatric critical care (University of California, San Francisco).  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. in The Study of Religion from Harvard University. Dr. Nelson is a former Chair of the FDA Pediatric Advisory Committee and the Pediatric Ethics Subcommittee. He was a member of the Subcommittee on Research Involving Children of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, and the Human Studies Review Board of the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Nelson was a member of the Committee on Clinical Research Involving Children of the Institute of Medicine, and former Chair of the Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Immediately prior to joining FDA, he was Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson’s academic research explored various aspects of child assent and parental permission and was funded by the Greenwall Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Nelson presented "The Promise and Peril of Personalized Medicine" at Pediatric Grand Rounds, led an Evening Ethics Discussion on "The Concept of Voluntary Consent," and presented "Ethical Issues in Early Phase Clinical Trials in Pediatrics" to the 4th year medical ethics students at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Ellen Wright Clayton, JD, MD--2009 David J. Green, MD Memorial Lecture

Ellen Wright Clayton, JD, MD--2009 David J. Green, MD Memorial Lecture

Ellen Wright Clayton is an internationally respected leader in the field of law and genetics and holds appointments in both the law and medical schools at Vanderbilt, were she also directs the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. She has published two books and more than 60 scholarly articles and chapters in medical journals, interdisciplinary journals and law journals on the intersection of law, medicine and public health.  In addition, she has collaborated with faculty and students throughout Vanderbilt and in many institutions around the country on interdisciplinary research projects.  An active participant in policy debates, she advises the National Human Genome Research Institute as well as other federal and international bodies on an array of topics ranging from children's health to the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects.  Dr. Clayton presented "Return of Results in Genet(om)ics Research" for Pediatric Grand Rounds, led an Evening Ethics Discussion on "Vanderbilt's innovative tissue banking effort, including ethical, legal and regulatory aspects," and presented a lecture in the Fourth Year Medical Ethics course at the University of Utah School of Medicine on "Ethical Challenges in Reporting Domestic Violence."

Benjamin Wilfond, M.D. - 2008 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Benjamin Wilfond, M.D. - 2008 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Dr. Wilfond is Professor and Chief of the Division of Bioethics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  He directs the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics which is co-sponsored by Children's Hospital.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical History and Ethics.

Dr. Wilfond's program provides consultation and education, studies ethical issues in pediatric care and research, and trains clinicians in Pediatric Bioethics.  Research projects focus on recruitment for research, cognitive disabilities, genetic testing, biobanks, global health, and ethics quality improvement.  Dr. Wilfond was formerly the Head of the Bioethics and Social Policy Unit at the NIH National Genome Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Institute's Bioethics core.  After his pediatric residency and pulmonary fellowship at the University of Wisconsin, he served on the faculty at the University of Arizona and Johns Hopkins.  Dr. Wilfond's grants and publications address many ethical issues, but especially those in clinical and genetic research and treatment that involve infants and children.

Dr. Wilfond facilitated an Evening Ethics on "Waiving Informed Consent in Newborn Screening Research: Balancing Social Value and Respect", presented at Pediatric Grand Rounds at Primary Children's Medical Center, on "Show Me the Money" Financial Considerations and Ethical Implications in Responding to Parental Requests for Medical Interventions in Children with Profound Disabilities," and presented in the 2008 Senior Medical Ethics course on "Growth attenuation in children with profound disabilities: Best interests, parental decision-making, and community impact."

Chris Feudtner - 2007 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Chris Feudtner - 2007 David Green Memorial Lecturer

Our 2007 David Green Memorial Lecturer,  Chris Feudtner, M.D., Ph.D., M. P. H, is Assistant Professor  of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Feudtner focuses on how to improve the quality of life for children with complex chronic conditions and how to counsel and support their families.  Dr. Feudtner is the Director of Research for the Pediatric Advanced Care Team and the Integrated Care Service  at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  His research interests are in   ethics and the history and sociology of medicine.  His interests are reflected in his book, Bittersweet: Diabetes, Insulin, and the Transformation of Illness (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).  Dr. Feudtner facilitated an Evening Ethics Discussion: “Likely Common Biases and Efforts at Debiasing in Clinical Ethics."  He will present Pediatric Grand Rounds: “Beyond Decision Making: Ethics and the Everyday of Pediatric Palliative Care”  and also present “Ethics in a Short White Coat” to the 4th year Medical Students.

Lainie Ross, MD, Phd--2006 David Green Memorial Speaker

Lainie Ross, MD, Phd--2006 David Green Memorial Speaker

We were fortunate once again this year to have an outstanding and distinguished visitor present the David Green Memorial Lectures. Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Philosophy is from Yale. She is a medical ethicist and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics section on bioethics, and the American Philosophical Association section on medicine and philosophy.

Her academic interests are diverse and focus on research ethics, genetics, transplantation, and pediatric ethics. She is currently working on a NIH funded grant on newborn screening. She presented Pediatric Grand Rounds on April 20, 2006 where her topic was: “Children in Medical Research: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?” Later that day she made a presentation to our senior medical students in their medical ethics course entitled: “The Science, Ethics and Politics of Stem Cells.”

On the evening before her lectures, she facilitated our Evening Ethics Discussion which focused on an article she wrote and a number of thoughtful responses published with it in the Journal of Clinical Ethics. The subject for discussion is “Doctor if this were your child, what would you do?”.

16th Annual Intermountain Medical Ethics Conference
Rethinking Death: A Conference on Meaning, Ethics, and Policy Issues in Death and Dying

New issues in brain biology, end of life options, high profile cases of brain death and chronic vegetative state, and new criteria for organ donation, have refocused public and medical attention on death and dying. At our conference, leading experts on health law, religious ethics, health policy, and end-of-life medical practice, taught about and explored these complex but singularly important challenges.