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Consortium Grand Rounds: Defining Death in America: The Intersection of Law, Medicine, Ethics & Politics

Consortium Grand RoundsDefining Death in America: The Intersection of

Law, Medicine, Ethics & Politics

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 3:30-4:30pmHealth Sciences West (HSW) Room 303

UCSF Parnassus Campus


About the Event

Two recent end of life cases - the McMath case in Oakland and the Munoz case in Texas- have drawn significant media attention to the legal, medical, ethical, and political implications of defining and declaring death.  In both cases, physicians determined the individuals to be brain dead; a declaration that results in an immediate (and usually undisputed) legal determination of death.  However, in these cases the declaration of brain death triggered heated disputes as to the veracity of the medical determination and its legal consequences.  The cases also raised important questions about patient and family rights with regard to end of life treatment, the duties of medical providers, and the interests of society at large.  At this presentation, medical and legal experts will comment on these two cases, as well as the broader issues they raise.  After initial comments, the moderator will lead an interactive discussion with the audience.  We hope you will join us.


Please RSVP here:


Robert V. Brody, MD 

Attending Physician, Medicine, Medicine Consultation, Palliative Care, and Pain Services and

Chief Pain Consultation Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital

Medical Director, Health at Home, San Francisco Department of Public Health

Clinical Professor of Medicine and Family & Community Medicine, UCSF



David L. Faigman, JD

John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law

Co-Director, UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy

Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry


Steve Pantilat, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine

Alan M. Kates and John M. Burnard Endowed Chair in Palliative Care

Director, UCSF Palliative Care Program

Director, UCSF Palliative Care Leadership Center


Radhika Rao, JD

Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law


Debra Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD

Chief Creative Office, EHCCO

J. Dawn Waters, MD
Clinical Instructor of Neurosurgery, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics


CME/CLE Credit
For this event, we will be offering both CME and CLE credits. 

The O'Brien Center for Scholarly Publications is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy. UCSF is accredited by the ACGME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The planning committee and faculty have reviewed and approved content for this event with regard to conflicts of interest