Ryan Bioethicist in Residence | School of Law | SIU

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Ryan Bioethicist in Residence

The John and Marsha Ryan Bioethicist in Residence was established in 2006 to fund an annual residence and lecture by a law and/or medicine ethics scholar at the School of Law and School of Medicine at Southern Illinois University.

Each year a leading bioethics scholar will visit classes at the law school and provide a seminar for medical students in Carbondale and Springfield; organize interdisciplinary educational activities for students, residents, and faculty from both institutions; be available to mentor law and medicine students; offer a public lecture on his or her scholarship as it relates to law and medicine; and be invited to submit a written version of this lecture for publication in the Journal of Legal Medicine.

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2015 Ryan Bioethicist

Thaddeus Pope

Thaddeus Mason Pope, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Health Law Institute, Hamline University School of Law

March 4-6, 2015

March 4, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Public lecture in Carbondale

When Are You Dead?  Expanding Objections to Brain Death and Recommended Responses

For decades, the determination of death by neurological criteria (“brain death”) has been legally established as death in all U.S. jurisdictions and in most developed countries on Earth.  Furthermore, not only are the standards for determining death well-settled but so are the practical consequences of the determination.  Once a patient is determined dead, clinicians typically discontinue physiological support (except for organ procurement).  But notwithstanding this legal consensus, laws in three states (New Jersey, New York, and California) require hospitals to "accommodate" families who object to brain death.  Recently, there has been an increasing push for similar accommodation in other states.  How should clinicians and policymakers respond?  

1.0 hour CLE - To register, email aruiz@siu.edu