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The 2016 Daniel W. Foster, M.D.
Visiting Lectureship in Medical Ethics
“Disorders of Consciousness and Neuroethics: Why Rights Must Come to Mind”
The annual Daniel W. Foster, M.D., Visiting Lectureship in Medical Ethics brings distinguished medical ethics scholars to the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus to present and discuss the challenging moral issues in biomedicine.
The 7th Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Conference About Palliative and End of Life Care
This conference seeks to promote a better understanding of what palliative care is; to explore model approaches in different settings; to share best inter- and multi-disciplinary clinical and policy practices; and to foster professional reflection and sharing.
2016 Award Recipients
Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Distinguished Palliative Care Ethicist Award
Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP
Marialuisa Ferrari Lectureship for Life
Houston Methodist Hospital
In this lecture, Dr. Fins will build on the clinical distinction between vegetative state and minimally conscious state (MCS) where a patient can experience pain and suffering. He will address the tangled history of brain injury and the right to die in America; why patients in the minimally conscious state are marginalized; and how evolving therapeutics might help bring some patients with disorders of consciousness back into the nexus of family and community.