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Alexander Ming Fisher Lecture

The Alexander Ming Fisher Memorial Lecture on Death and Dying was established in the early 1970s by E. Douglas Southwick to commemorate the life of Alexander Ming Fisher, M.D., a graduate of Columbia University, and to institute a yearly lecture series on the topics of death and dying. Since 1974, Alexander Ming Fisher lecturers have explored a wide variety of issues including family care in terminal illness, death and public policy, the impact of AIDS on the practice of medicine, physician-assisted suicide, Medicare and terminal illness, and genetic engineering and the prolonging of life.

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Speakers: Diane E. Meier, MD
Lecture Date:October 8, 2013
Lecture Title: "Future of Palliative Care"

2012-2013 EVENTS

“Future of Palliative Care”

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
4:30 p.m.
Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 301
701 West 168th Street

Diane E. Meier, MDDiane E. Meier, MD Vice Chair for Public Policy and Professor,
Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute and
Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethic
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai

Dr. Diane E. Meier is Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization devoted to increasing the number and quality of palliative care programs in the United States. Under her leadership, the number of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals has more than tripled in the past 10 years. She is also Vice-chair for Public Policy, Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. In 2009-2010, she was a Health and Aging Policy Fellow in Washington, DC. Awards include a MacArthur Foundation 'genius award' Fellowship in 2008; HealthLeaders recognition in 2010 as one of 20 Americans who make health care better; the American Cancer Society's 2012 Medal of Honor for Cancer Control in recognition of her pioneering leadership of the effort to bring palliative care into mainstream medicine; and the American Geriatrics Society Edward Henderson State-of-the-Art Lecture Award in 2013.

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1974 - Cicely Saunders, O.B.E., M.R.C.P., medical director, St. Christopher's Hospice, London, England

1975 - Colin Murray Parkes, M.D., Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London, England

1976 - Jeanne Quint Benoliel, R.D., D.N.Sc., professor and chairman, University of Washington School of Nursing

1977 - Robert Kastenbaum, Ph.D., professor of psychology, University of Massachusetts

1978 - Edwin Schneidman, Ph.D., professor of thanatology, Neuropsychiatric Institute, Unversity of California at Los Angeles

1979 - Leon Kass, M.D., Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Biology, University of Chicago

1980 - Raymond S. Duff, M.D., professor of pediatrics, Yale University

1981 - Alexander M. Capron, L.L.B., executive director, President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research

1983 - Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., Foundation's Fund Research Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University

1984 - Francis D. Moore, M.D., Mosely Professor Emeritus of Surgery, Harvard University

1985 - Ida M. Martinson, R.N., Ph.D., Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California at San Francisco

1986 - Rev. John Parris, professor of social ethics, Holy Cross College; adjunct professor of medicine, University of Massachusetts

1987 - Merle Sande, M.D., professor of medicine, University of California at San Francisco; chief, medical service, San Francisco General Hospital

1988 - Samuel O. Thier, president, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences

1989 - Edwin Cassem, M.D., acting chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital

1990 - Rabbi Moses Tendler, Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Medical Ethics, Yeshiva University

1991 - Kenneth Ryan, M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital

1992 - H. Tristram Englehardt, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and philosophy, Center for Ethics, Medicine and Public Issues, Baylor College of Medicine

1993 - Christine K. Cassel, M.D., F.A.C.P., professor of medicine and public policy studies, chief, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center

1994 - George Soros, founder and chairman, the Soros Foundation

1995 - Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., clinical professor of surgery, Yale University

1996 - Daniel Callahan, Ph.D., director of international programs, the Hastings Center

1997 - Bruce C. Vladeck, Ph.D., professor of health policy, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine

1998 - Joanne Lynn, M.D., director, Center to Improve the Care of the Dying; professor of health care science, George Washington University School of Medicine

2000 - Neil Gillman, Ph.D., Aaron Rabinowitz & Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Theological Seminary of America; Daniel Callahan, Ph.D., director of international programs, the Hastings Center

2001 - Nancy S. Wexler, M.D., Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University

2004 – James Q. Wilson, Ph.D., Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Pepperdine University; James Collins Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Policy, UCLA

2004 - Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.,Director, Center for Bioethics Emanuel and Robert Hart Chair of Bioethics Chair, Department of Medical Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

2005 – Kathleen M. Foley, M.D., Attending Neurologist, Pain & Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center , Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Clinical Pharmacology, Cornell University Medical College, and Medical Director, International Palliative Care Initiative, Open Society Institute

2006 – Joan Didion is the author of five novels, Run River, Play It as It Lays, A Book of Common Prayer, Democracy, and The Last Thing He Wanted, and eight books of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Salvador, Miami, After Henry, Political Fictions, Where I Was From, and The Year of Magical Thinking.  She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2005 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal in Criticism and Belles Lettres, and also the National Book Award in Nonfiction.

2007 - Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D., President of The Hastings Center

2008 - Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton, M.D., Director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, "Waging Hope in the Shadow of Death."

2009 - David Rieff, Journalist and Author

2010 - Betty Lim, M.D., Assistant Professor, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Director, Samuels Palliative Care Project, Jewish Home Lifecare, New York City

2010 - Robert Pardi Jr., Dr. Desiree Pardi’s husband
Co-Founder & COO, Evolvence Capital

2010 - Craig Blinderman, M.D. (Moderator), Assistant Professor of Palliative Care (in Anesthesiology and Medicine),
Director, Adult Palliative Medicine, Columbia University

2011 - Jimmie C. Holland, M.D., Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


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