Discussion of End of Life Issues in Medicine

With the Harvard Medical Society of Chicago
Location: McDermott Will & Emery
227 W. Monroe St., Chicago

The Harvard Medical Society of Chicago and
the Harvard Club of Chicago

invite alumni to a timely discussion based on

Harvard Professor Atul A. Gawande’s 2014 book

“Being Mortal:  Medicine and What Matters in the End”


Dr. Gawande, MD ’94, MPH ’99 is a Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and also Professor of Surgery at the Harvard Medical School.  He earned a BAS from Stanford and an MA from Oxford.  A prolific writer, Dr. Gawande has written articles for Slate, The New Yorker, and the New England Journal of Medicine.  He has written 4 books to date, "Being Mortal," being his latest.  In 2006 Dr. Gawande was named a MacArthur Fellow.  (Dr. Gawande will not be present at this discussion.)
The discussants for our program are:

Dr. Linda L. Emanuel, MD ’84
Joshua Hauser, AB '89 MD '94

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End of life issues have become a major area of discussion. Such issues are relevant for everyone, and an increasing area of importance in medicine. For the individual, this involves planning for the inevitable. For the physician, this involves helping a patient and family manage in what are often very difficult and even tragic circumstances. In addition, for the physician, effective management requires an unusual degree of empathy with few specific generally applicable guidelines.

The purpose of this discussion is not necessarily to provide answers but rather to encourage thinking about a part of life that is often avoided and yet is a critical aspect of life itself. Such thinking is important not only for oneself but also for one’s ability to communicate with others dealing with end of life concerns.

Linda L. Emanuel, MD ’84, (BA & MA University of Cambridge, PhD University College, London) did her Internal Medicine training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a Professor of Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine as well as Director of the Buehler Center on Aging. She has been active in both psychiatry and the behavioral sciences and has a particular interest in the psychological issues associated with terminal care.
Joshua Hauser, AB '89 MD '94, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and did his
training in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Woman’s Hospital. He is board certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine and is chief of the palliative care section at Jesse Brown (Chicago) VA Medical Center. He has been active clinically and in education and research of various aspects of palliative care at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine where he is an Assistant Professor.


DATE:           Monday, November 7

TIME:            5:30 - 7:30 pm
                      5:30 Wine & Cheese Reception &Networking
                      6:00 Presentation
                      7:00 Q&A to Follow the Presentation

LOCATION:  McDermott Will & Emery
                      227 W. Monroe St., 45th Floor, Chicago

COST:           $20 per person for HCC members and their guests              
                      $35 per person for non-members
                      Complimentary for HCC Crimson Passport
                      Complimentary for HCC Crimson Passport Plus Members & Guest

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Monday, 11/7/16 at 5:30pm - 7:30pm | iCal


McDermott, Will & Emery
227 W. Monroe St. 45th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

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Look Who's Coming:

Walter Keats
Winnie Lu
Robert Hastings
Margaret (Pat) Hastings
Tamara Jurgenson
Curt Jurgenson
Murray Levin
Joan Levin
Marcia Johnston
Susan Oliver
Eileen Murray
Richard Sullivan
Willard McNItt
  Thurston Group
Zane Parzen
Tanya Parzen
Kristin Walter
Mark Shields
Guest of Mark Shields
Elisha Gray
Nina (Dorothy) Gray
Morris Fisher
Natalie Fisher
Janet Kirby
Elaine Farrell
Prentiss Taylor
Anita Taylor
Patrick Schaefer
Ron Mitra
Bart Chmielecki
Guest of Ron Mitra
Debi Mitra
Sumanta Mitra
Lynn Mitra
David Carvalho
Anna Carvalho
John Nicholas
Kelsey Clayman
Robert Grossman
Heather Hinds
Hee Ja Lee
Bruce Hochstadt
Abdulmohsin Tarabzoni
Joshua Hauser
Linda Emanuel
John Wesley
Joseph Messer
Nancy Messer
John Smetanka
Lauren Young
Penelope Peterson
  Northwestern University
Nancy Valentine
Dennis Koehn
Guest of Dennis Koehn
Laura Cooper
Gary Cooper
Helen Gagel
Mariusz Wrzosek
Ariel Gamino
Nancy Felton-Elkins
Ann Allison
Richard Vitkus
Dianne Campbell
Bennett Clarke
... a total of 64 guests.
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