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A national conference on the physician/advanced practitioner’s agency, role and responsibilities

At the End of Life: Agency, Role and Responsibilities of the Physician/Advanced Practitioner

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Physicians and advanced practitioners have the privilege and duty to care for patients at the end of life. Sometimes their actions factor into a patient’s death; such as discontinuing life-support (including ventilators, cardiac devices, and dialysis), clinically supporting patients who voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), providing palliative sedation, and in states where it is legal, prescribing a lethal dose of medication to a dying patient. These cases have clinical, legal, ethical, sociocultural, and psychological dimensions that are often challenging for physicians and advanced practitioners to navigate.

At this conference, we'll set the stage for ongoing discussion of these practices and the issues physicians and advanced practitioners caring for dying patients often face, as both medical technology and patients’ requests for planned death evolve.

The Washington End of Life Coalition—sponsored by the WSMA Foundation for Health Care Improvement—is partnering with UW Medicine Department of Bioethics & Humanities, UW Medicine Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, and UW School of Law to present this national conference on the physician/advanced practitioner’s agency, role and responsibilities at the end of life.

The event will be held Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Click here for course details and to register online. 

Speakers and Panelists

  • Joshua Benditt, MD – Medical Director, Respiratory Services, University of Washington Medical Center; Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • Lewis Cohen, MD – Author, "No Good Deed: A Story of Medicine, Murder Accusations, and the Debate over How We Die"; Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Springfield, MA.
  • Denise Dudzinski, PhD, MTS – Professor and Chair, Department of Bioethics & Humanities, University of Washington; Adjunct Professor, School of Law, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH – A. Bruce Montgomery, MD-American Lung Association Endowed Chair in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Director, Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.
  • Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH – Director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Oregon Health Sciences University; Associate Director, HSR&D Center of Innovation, VA Portland HCS; Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR.
  • Judith R. Gordon, PhD – Clinical Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Washington; Psychotherapist, private practice, Seattle, WA.
  • James Kirkpatrick, MD – Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, UW Medical Center; Associate Professor, Medicine and Cardiology, University of Washington; Adjunct Associate Professor, Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • Lindy Klaff, MD – Pulmonologist/Critical Care Physician, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland, WA.
  • Patricia Kuszler, MD, JD – Charles I. Stone Professor of Law, School of Law, University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • Daniel Lam, MD – Medical Director, Palliative Care Services, Harborview Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Nephrology and Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA.
  • Joseph McCreery, MD – Psychiatrist, private practice, Seattle, WA.
  • Laura J. Morrison, MD – Director of Palliative Medicine Education and Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.
  • Barbara Noah, JD – Professor of Law, Western New England University, Springfield, MA.
  • Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD – Author, "What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear"; "What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine"; and "Intensive Care: A Doctor’s Journey"; Attending Physician, Bellevue Hospital; Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY.
  • Aasim Padela, MD – Director of Program on Medicine and Religion; Director of Initiative on Islam and Medicine; Associate Professor, Section of Emergency Medicine; Faculty, Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, Chicago, IL.
  • Thaddeus Pope, JD, PhD – Author, Medical Futility Blog; Co-author, "The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking"; Director, Health Law Institute; Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, MN.
  • Timothy Quill, MD – Author, "Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care and Patient Choice"; and "Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together"; Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor of Palliative Care; Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities, and Nursing, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY.
  • Rabbi Rami Shapiro, PhD – Author, "Holy Rascals: Advice for Spiritual Revolutionaries"; Columnist, Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler, Spirituality and Health Magazine; Co-founder and Senior Advisor, One River Foundation, Nashville, TN.
  • Bruce Smith, MD – Medical Director, Providence Hospice of Seattle, Seattle, WA.
  • Donna Smith, MD – Medical Director of Clinics, Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA.
  • Gregg Vandekieft, MD – Medical Director, Palliative Care, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southwest Washington, Olympia, WA.
  • Mark Vossler, MD – Cardiologist, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland, WA.
  • Eric Walsh, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR.
  • Haider Warraich, MD – Author, "Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life"; Fellow, Cardiovascular Disease, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
  • Suzanne Watnick, MD – Professor of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, Northwest Kidney Centers, Seattle, WA.
  • Hope Wechkin, MD – Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Care, EvergreenHealth, Kirkland, WA.
  • Aaron Wightman, MD – Assistant Professor, Division of Nephrology and Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

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