DIRGE LECTURE SERIES: Communicating Death: Doctors, Patients, and Mortality

April 17, 2014 / 7:00pm

Free for MOCA Members, Cleveland Clinic and
University Hospital staff
General Admission: $8 in advance; $10 at the door

Before Elisabeth Kubler-Ross published her groundbreaking study, On Death and Dying (1969), the subject matter was nearly absent from medical training and practice. Since this time, it has become an increasingly important consideration within the medical community. This panel discussion explores bioethical issues relating to terminal illness, palliative and end-of-life care, and the relationship between physicians and their dying patients. Dr. Stuart Youngner, Chair of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, will lead an expert panel in a dialogue that will draw upon professional and personal experiences to explore new perspectives on these issues.
This talk is part of The End, Reconsidered: A Lecture Series on Mortality
In conjunction with DIRGE: Reflections on (Life +) Death, MOCA Cleveland is hosting four lectures that examine mortality from particular vantage points – social work, history, medicine, and spirituality. The programs feature experts who will deliver original scholarship and discuss personal experiences that inform their progressive work in mortality. In concert with the exhibition, the series will examine new philosophies on, and applied practices to “the end,” as well as consider how these methods shift our experience and understanding of life. 
Anthony Back, MD
Dr. Back is a medical oncologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He is an expert in communication between physicians and patients and has published many journal articles on palliative care and discussing terminal illnesses with patients including "Isn't There Anything More You Can Do?": When Empathic Statements Work, and When They Don't.” (2013); “The Power of Words” (2013); and “Hospital Variation and Temporal Trends in Palliative and End-of-Life Care in the ICU” (2013). He often serves as a teacher and mentor for fellow physicians in areas of communication, empathy, and a humanistic approach to medicine.
Lisa Humphrey, MD
Dr. Humphrey is the director of Inpatient Services and co-director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. In her role at Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Humphrey has gained extensive insight and experience in working with patients and their families to make decisions surrounding end-of-life treatment and care. She also serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics for The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Prior to assuming her role at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Dr. Humphrey served as the medical director of the pediatric palliative care program at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital at University Hospital. 
Kathleen Neuendorf, MD
Dr. Neuendorf is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine)  and Associate Fellowship Director and Associate Staff, Section of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Oncology, Director of Resident Communication Education, Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Neuendorf’s interest in teaching palliative care to clinicians began early in her career, as evidenced by the palliative care curriculum she developed for her residency program. Since that time, she has given numerous presentations to a variety of audiences on many topics related to palliative care. The area of communication has been her main interest and the subject she enjoys teaching the most. Through the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Excellence in Healthcare Communication, she is teaching foundational communication skills as well as advanced skills such as breaking bad news, running a family meeting and code status discussions. She was appointed director of resident communication education to bring this teaching to residents and fellows in addition to staff physicians.
Sponsored by The Andrew Dempsey Memorial Fund

The Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities
Cleveland Clinic
With community support from Hospice of the Western Reserve and the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Science 
This program, is made possible, in part, by the Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of National Endowment for the Humanities.