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Bioethics Grand Rounds

Bioethics Grand Rounds 2023-2024

  • September 6, 2023 – Margie Shaw, JD, PhD, Clinical Ethics Director, University of Rochester, Ethical Engagement: Exploring Cases in Clinical Ethics
  • October 4, 2023 – Nicholas Mercado, DrPH, MCHES, HEC-C, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Humanities & Bioethics, University of Rochester, Ethical Issues in Family Caregiving: What is our role?
  • November 1, 2023 – Cheryl Holder, MD, FACP, Interim Executive Director, Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, Climate Change and Health Equity: What Everyone in Academic Medicine Needs to Know
  • December 6, 2023 – Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Rochester, Uncertain About Uncertainty: Communication, Ethics and Shared Mind
  • January 10, 2024 – Mary Ott, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University, Adolescent Capacity and Consent for Healthcare and Research
  • February 7, 2024 – Emily Largent, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • March 6, 2024 – Jessica Shand, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Department of Health Humanities & Bioethics, University of Rochester
  • April 3, 2024 – Richard Demme, Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine – Nephrology, University of Rochester
  • May, 1, 2024 – Douglas White, MD, MAS, Chair for Ethics in Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
  • June 5, 2024 – Richard Feldman, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester
  • July 3, 2024 – Ranjana Srivastava, MD, OAM, Oncologist, Fulbright Scholar & Author

Past Bioethics Grand Rounds Presentations

Bioethics Grand Rounds are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month.  Below is a list of recorded presentations.

What Does it Mean to Have ‘Marginal’ Capacity? Ethical, Legal, and Interpersonal Considerations
Emily Largent, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania. Evaluation Form

Adolescent Capacity and Consent for Healthcare and Research
Presented by: Mary Ott, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University. Evaluation Form

Uncertain About Uncertainty: Communication, Ethics and Shared Mind
Presented by: Ronald Epstein, MD, Professor of Family Medicine, University of Rochester. Evaluation Form

Ethical Issues in Family Caregiving: What is our role?
Presented by: Nicholas Mercado, DrPH, MCHES, HEC-C, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Humanities & Bioethics at the University of Rochester. Evaluation Form

Ethical Issues in Sports Participation for the Young Athlete (<25y)
Presented by: Lainie Ross, Chair of the Department of Health Humanities & Bioethics at the University of Rochester. Evaluation Form

Quantifying Value Tradeoffs in Ventilator Allocation under Crisis Standards of Care”
Presented by: Jonathan Herington, PhD, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Health Humanities & Bioethics, University of Rochester. Evaluation Form

Justice is in Our Blood: A 2023 Update on Ethical Issues in Blood Management, Engineering, and Research
Presented by: Jessica Shand, MD, MHS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester. Evaluation Form

Ethical Storytelling: Stewardship of the Patient Story
Shea Kelly-Buckley, 4th year Medical Student, University of Rochester. Evaluation Form

Facing History: American Eugenics, Past, and Present
Presented By Bernard Sussman, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Health Humanities  Evaluation form 

When the Personal is Political: Reproductive Autonomy in 2022 America and Beyond
Presented By M. Sara Rosenthal, Ph.D., HEC-C Evaluation-Form_3

Death is Confusing: Heart Transplantation, Normothermic Regional Perfusion, and the Dead Donor Rule
Margie Shaw, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Humanities & Bioethics, Director, Program for Clinical Ethics  Evaluation-Form

Stuck between Worlds: The Ethics of Bone Marrow Transplantation in an Adult Patient on a Pediatric Service A Case Discussion
Nicholas R. Mercado, DrPH, MCHES, HEC C, Assistant Professor, Health Humanities & Bioethics      mercado-Evaluation-Form             

A Novel Initiative:  Nurse Ethics Liaison Pilot Program
Marianne Chiafery, DNP, PNP-C, MS, Associate Professor, School of Nursing

The Conundrum of Medically Inappropriate Care
David Kaufman, MD, Professor, Surgery, Health Humanities & Bioethics, URMC

Doing More Than Just Delivering the Pizza: Ethical Issues of Interventional Medicine
Michael Nabozny, MD, Assistant Professor, Surgery, URMC
(Recording not available due to technical difficulties)

Intersectionality in the Biopsychosocial Framework: Localizing Equity and Inclusion
Andrew Huang, MD, PGY4, Neurology, URMC

Gender Assignment for Newborns with Ambiguous Genitalia: (Ever) Changing Practices of Surgical Practitioners
David Diamond, MD, Professor, Urology

Racial & Ethnic Disparities in the NICU: A Review of the Recent Literature
Presenter: Hannah Giunta, DO, PhD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Fellow, PGY-5

Bioethical Issues in the Maternal-Fetal Relationship
Presenter: Nicholas R. Mercado, Ph.D., Bioethics Faculty Candidate

Exploring Decision-Making in Pediatric Bioethics
Presenter: Alissa Hurwitz Swota, Ph.D., Bioethics Faculty Candidate

An Obligation to be vaccinated: Four arguments that establish an ethical obligation for healthcare professionals to be vaccinated against COVID-19
Presenter: Johan Bester, MBChb, PhD, MPhil, HEC-C, Bioethics Faculty Candidate

Heretable Germline Gene Editing
Presenter:  Chin-To Fong, MD, Professor, Pediatrics, Medical Humanities & Bioethics, Biochemistry & Biophysics, Medicine (Genetics)

Balancing the Moral Agency of Surrogates and New York State: A Case Discussion
Presenters:  Margie Shaw, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics; Bernard Sussman, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Humanities & Bioetics

Social Support Requirements for LVAD/Transplant Patients: Challenges and Future Directions
Presenters:  Leway Chen, MD, Professor of Medicine; Joy Choi, MD, Senior Clinical Instructor, Psychiatry; Melissa Guerin, LMSW, Social Work

The Moral Argument for Limb Salvage in the Setting of Peripheral Vascular Disease
Presented by Ian Wilson, MD, Vascular/Interventional Radiologist, Medical Director, USA Vein and Vascular Clinic

Confined Care: Reproductive healthcare for incarcerated people
Presented by Natalie Whaley, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Rochester

Deliberate Indifference: Healthcare and the Prison Industrial Complex
Presented by Erika Ramsdale, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine (Hematology/Oncology)

Pandemic Ventilator Allocation: Ethical and Political Implications
Presented by ​Brendan Prast, Medical Student, SMD
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

The Ethics of Uterine Transplantation
Presented by Wendy Vitek, M.D., Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Margie H. Shaw, J.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Big Data, Ethics, and Medicine - Oct 2018
Presented by Martin Zand, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences, Senior Associate Dean for URMC Clinical Research
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

"our daughter remains unconscious. What should we do?: New Guidelines - Sept 2018
Presented by Richard Demme, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine (Nephrology) and Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Genetic Testing in Jewish Law - May 2018
Presented by Rabbi Daniel Schon, Ohr Torah
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Thanks for your suggestion doctor, but we're waiting for a miracle - The interplay between Ethics and Miracles - Feb 2018
Presented by Kevin Boyd, MDiv, Associate Director, Chaplaincy Services
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

They are Killing People in China for their Organs.  What Can/Should We Do About It? - Dec 2017
Presented by Richard Demme, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine (Nephrology) and Medical Humanities & Bioethics
​Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Physician Assisted Suicide in New York State: Reflections of a Catholic Physician - Nov 2017
Presented by Thomas M. Carroll, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, General Medicine & Palliative Care
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Practical Problems with Health Care Proxies - Sept 2017
Presented by Richard Demme, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine (Nephrology) and Medical Humanities & Bioethics; Director, Bioethics Program
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Don't touch me, you #@*#!"  Antidiscrimination Policies and Patient Biases: A Discussion - June 2017
presented by Adrienne Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Medical Education Diversity and Inclusion; Margie Shaw, Ph.D., J.D., Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

The Indian Dichotomy - May 2017
presented by Patrick Hopkins, DNP, APRN, C-PNP, NNP, Assistant Professor School of Nursing and Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Carrie Buck's Forgotten Legacy - American Eugenics in the Service of Nativism, Class and Racial Bigotry - March 2017
presented by Bernard Sussman, M.D., Professor of Clinical Medicine, Palliative Care, Medical Humanities & Bioethics
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

How Objective is Medical Science? - Feb 2017
presented by Hayley Clatterbuck, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy, UR
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Brain Death, Circulatory Death, and Munchkin Death: What is Dead Enough? - Jan 2017
presented by Richard Demme, M.D., Associate Professor, Medicine (Nephrology) & Medical Humanities and Bioethics 
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

Single IRB Model: Implications for Researchers at the University of Rochester - Dec 2016
presented by Kelly O'Donoghue, MPH, CIP, Associate VP for Human Subject Protection, University of Rochester
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

My Patient is Going to Voluntarily Stop Eating and Drinking.  What's a Catholic doc to do? - Nov 2016
presented by Thomas M. Carroll, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, General Medicine & Palliative Care
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)

"The "New" World of ECMO - Oct 2016
presented by Leway Chen, M.D., Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), and Sunil Prasad, M.D., Associate Profesor of Medicine (Cardiology), Chief of Cardiac Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Heart Transplant Program
Video recording of presentation (URMC login required to view)