May 11, 2015

Bioethics Symposium Addresses Treatment of Chronic Pain

KCU hosted the Center for Practical Bioethics’ (CPB) annual Joan Berkley Bioethics Symposium April 30, providing a forum for individuals to gather to discuss real-life ethical situations and collaborate on solutions to complex issues for health and health care.

This year’s symposium explored major trends and issues in the treatment of chronic pain and featured guest speakers Keith Wailoo, PhD, professor of history and public affairs, and vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; and Kathleen M. Foley, MD, neurologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Caner Center and professor of neurology, neuroscience and clinical pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

KCU continues to increase our emphasis in bioethics, including incorporating bioethics in years one and two in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, expanding our citywide partnership in bioethics education, partnering with CPB to expand our Certificate in Bioethics offering, and improving our curricular offerings in pain and symptom management. In addition, Bruce Dubin, DO, JD, FCLM, FACO, KCU executive vice president of Academic Affairs, provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, now serves as a member of CPB’s board of directors; Tarris Rosell, the Rosemary Flanigan Chair for CPB, serves as KCU’s chair in bioethics.