ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Bestselling authors Jerome Groopman, M.D. and Pamela Hartzband, M.D. of Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will discuss the challenges patients face in making complex medical decisions in a public lecture at the University of Michigan titled, “When Experts Disagree: The Art of Medical Decision Making.”
The talk will begin at 10:45 a.m. and end at noon on Thursday, May 10, and will be held in the Kahn Auditorium of U-M’s Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BSRB), 109 Zina Pitcher Place. It is free and open to the public; registration is requested via the website cbssm.org/events.
The talk will be the 2012 Bishop Lecture in Bioethics, the keynote address of a day-long research colloquium sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM). The Bishop Lectureship in Bioethics was established by University of Michigan Medical School based on a generous gift from the estate of Ronald C. and Nancy V. Bishop.
For more information about the event, visit cbssm.org/events, email CBSSMemail@example.com, or call 734-615-0528.
Groopman and Hartzband are co-authors of the 2011 book, “Your Medical Mind,” a work intended to provide guidance for individuals confronted with an overwhelming array of information as they face medical choices.
Their presentation will discuss the set of deeply rooted beliefs that each of us has. These beliefs can have profound influences on the way we make medical decisions, whether we trust authority figures such as doctors, our preferences for active treatment versus natural healing, and many other choices.
The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is a multidisciplinary unit sponsored by the U-M Medical School, the Departments of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and the Ann Arbor VA. Co-directed by Medical School faculty Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D., and Scott Kim, M.D., Ph.D., CBSSM integrates bioethics with key social science disciplines, bringing together into one entity research, education, and policy/public outreach.
Groopman is the Dina and Raphael Recanati Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. An oncologist who conducts research on blood development, cancer and AIDS, Dr. Groopman writes regularly for the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and the Washington Post. He is also the author of the 2007 book How Doctors Think.
Pamela Hartzband is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. A noted endocrinologist and educator, she specializes in disorders of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, and in women’s health. She has authored articles on the impact of electronic records, uniform practice guidelines, monetary incentives, and the internet on the culture of clinical care.
Written by Nancy Birk, CBSSM