Past Events

The Song of our Scars: The Untold Story of Pain

Haider Warraich headshot smiling
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - 5:15pm to 6:30pm
 
Haider J. Warraich, MD - physician and author

Inspired by his own experience with chronic back pain, in The Song of Our Scars – The Untold Story of Pain, Dr. Warraich explores the very nature of pain, the profound racial and gender disparities in how we attend to and alleviate it, and how the entire medical profession was complicit in the opioid epidemic. At a time when COVID-19 is igniting the crisis of chronic pain, he advocates for a new approach towards people in extremis.
 
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Annual School of Medicine Faculty Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

On May 10, John Moses, MD received the 2022 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

Playing Between the Lines: Poetry by a Pediatrician

Irène Mathieu reading a book
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Irène P. Mathieu, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Director, Program in Health Humanities, University of Virginia

How do creative writing and reading - specifically poetry - open up a space for clinicians to play with language? How might this "playtime" help us tackle burnout, compassion fatigue, and even health equity? Award-winning poet and pediatrician Dr. Irène Mathieu reads her latest work and discusses these questions and more.

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Drug Development and Access: Justice Challenges During the Pandemic and Beyond

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
 
Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE

Unprecedented resources, collaboration, and regulatory flexibility resulted in the rapid development and authorization of several prophylactic and therapeutic options for COVID‐19. However, we have faced important justice challenges in making those options fairly available during the pandemic – and we face additional justice challenges in determining which other disease areas should get this sort of special attention, as well as how best to balance the interests of current and future patients. This lecture addresses these justice challenges through the lenses of bioethics and health policy.

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See also a paper by Professor Fernandez Lynch.

Kidney to Share: A Living Kidney Donor's Experience and Lessons Learned

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Martha Gershun and John D. Lantos, MD

In 2018, Martha Gershun donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to a woman she read about in the newspaper. In this talk, Ms.Gershun will discuss her decision to donate a kidney to a stranger and the long, complicated process that finally led to a successful surgery nine months later.  Dr. John Lantos, physician and bioethicist, will use her story to illustrate the ethical issues that arise in recovering and allocating organs from both living and deceased donors. They will suggest ways that the medical community could thoughtfully and safely reduce the burdens on living donors.  Doing so could shorten the waiting list for transplants and save lives.

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Respecting Autonomy and Enabling Diversity: The Critical Need for Demographic Variation in Research Datasets

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics, Associate Director, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School

Professor Kayte Spector-Bagdady discusses different theoretical as well as recruitment and consent approaches to improve data collection and sharing practices in ways that are both respectful of individual patient autonomy and equitable in impact across diverse communities.

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The Problem of Alzheimer's: How It Became a Crisis & What We Can Do About It

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Jason Karlawish, MD, Professor of Medicine, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

From its beginning as a rare disease, Alzheimer’s quite From its beginnings as a rare disease, Alzheimer’s quite quickly became a common disease and then turned into a crisis. The stories of how these events happened are a tangled weave of science, culture, and politics, sometimes in harmony, often in conflict.quickly became a common disease and then turned into a crisis. The stories of how these events happened are a tangled weave of science, culture, and politics, sometimes in harmony, often in conflict.

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Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course

The Fall 2021 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course was held on Tuesdays, August 31-September 28, 8:00-9:45am.

Fifth Annual SCOPES Medicine and Art Exhibition

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

The 2021 SCOPES Art Exhibition: A Multi-Media Reflection on Chronic Illness took place on August 3.

From August 4 - September 30, the art from the exhibition was displayed in the Mars Gallery in the Duke University Hospital Concourse. The 2021 SCOPES virtual exhibition is online at https://sites.duke.edu/scopes/.

Aaron McDuffie Moore, MD: The Story of Durham's First Black Physician and Founder of Lincoln Hospital

 
Friday, April 16, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Boyarsky Series on Race & Health - Panel Discussion

This event is a conversation about the impact of the life of Dr. Aaron McDuffie Moore (1863-1923) on the health of Durham’s Black residents. Panelists discuss his role as a pioneering physician, educator, and driving force behind the establishment of Lincoln Hospital, the first secular, freestanding African American hospital in North Carolina. They also explore Dr. Moore’s legacy for our current times.

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Narrative Medicine: A Patient's Perspective

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

In 2006, Dana Creighton was diagnosed with spinocerebellar ataxia, an inherited neurological condition that also took the lives of her mother and several family members. Fifteen years later, she has published a powerful new memoir, A Family Disease: A Memoir of Multigenerational Ataxia, drawing on research in neuroplasticity, personal memories, and medical records to highlight how the stories we tell about illness can create meaning out of trauma. Following a reading from her memoir, Ms. Creighton and her neurologist, Dr. Sneha Mantri, join in conversation.

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Climate Change Series: Finding Our Roots and Looking to Our Future

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Nature's Guardians: What Indigenous Voices Can Teach Us

Lori Byron, MD, St. Vincent Healthcare, Billings, MT
Robert Byron, MD, MPH, Bighorn Valley Health Center, Hardin, MT

The Climate Crisis and Pregnancy

Bruce Bekkar, MD, Women's health physician, author, and educator
Nathaniel DeNicola, MD, MSHP, Caduceous Medical Group

This event is the third in a three-part series of lectures on Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice: Issues, Ethics, and Action. See more information on the series and recordings of previous sessions.

Climate Change Series: Structures and Systems - From Geography to the Workplace

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

The Geography of Environmental Inequality

Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA

Healthcare Delivery in the Climate Crisis

Emily Senay, MD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, NY

Existing structures and systems deeply impact the intersectional relationship between climate change, health, and social justice. What are these factors? What issues must be recognized and acknowledged? What must we understand and how should we respond?

This event is the second in a three-part series of lectures on Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice: Issues, Ethics, and Action. See more information on the series and recordings of previous sessions.

From Planet to Patient: Understanding Connections, Issues, and Action

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Connecting Planetary Health and Human Health... Ethically

Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, University of Washington School of Public Health

Opportunities for Clinical Action at the Intersection of Climate Change and Health Equity

Aparna Bole, MD, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

From the big picture perspective of a changing planet, moving to a lens on the human and individual level, Drs. Howard Frumkin and Aparna Bole collaboratively discuss the complex interconnections between planetary health and human health. What are the far-reaching impacts of climate change on health?  What are the ethical considerations? What are the implications for patients and clinicians? And what are our opportunities and responsibilities for action?

This event is the first in a three-part series of lectures on Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice: Issues, Ethics, and Action. See more information on the series and recordings of previous sessions.