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Visions and Voices 2009-2010

  • Ira Byock, MD - "Dying Well - The Meaning and Value of Death"

    March 12, 3pm, Mayer Auditorium

    Co-sponsored with the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician and longtime public advocate for improving care through the end of life. He is past president of the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and cofounder of the Life’s End Institute: Missoula Demonstration Project, a community-based research and quality improvement organization focused on end-of-life experience and care. He heads the national Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and a faculty member of Dartmouth School of Medicine.

  • Howard Brody - "Professionalism, Electronic Records and the Physician-Patient Relationship"

    February 12, 3pm, Mayer Auditorium, USC Health Sciences Campus

    Co-sponsors: USC Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics and the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics

    Dr. Brody has written numerous articles on medical ethics, family medicine, and philosophy of medicine. His current research interests include the importance of an interdisciplinary humanities base for bioethics, ethical issues in primary care, community engagement in bioethics, and professional integrity in both medical practice and clinical research. Dr. Brody’s latest book is The Future of Bioethics(Oxford University Press, January 2009).