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MedStar Washington Hospital Center CFE Regional Clinical Ethics Symposium

Last Date:

110 Irving Street, NW
Campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center

MedStar Washington Hospital Center’s Center for Ethics (CFE) Third Annual Regional Clinical Ethics Symposium is a one day bioethics conference for physicians, clinicians, academics, nurses, social workers, ethics committee members, healthcare administrators, and all manner of medicine and humanities professionals and community members dedicated to clinical bioethics in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. The topic of this year’s gathering surrounds new research and improved mechanisms for the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care, and addresses the need for distinct approaches to such care in certain vulnerable patient populations, viz. those in an intensive care unit, and those with severe intellectual disabilities.

Biographies of Guest Speakers

Symposium Agenda

9:30 am – 10:10 am
Sign- in/On-site Registration 
& Continental Breakfast
10:10 am -10:30 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Program Director
Christian Carrozzo, MA
Center for Ethics (CFE),
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Personal Identity: Psychological Continuity & Terminal Diagnosis 
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Key Note Speaker
Rebecca Aslakson, MD, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine &
Palliative Care Program, The Kimmel Cancer Center
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality,
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 
Building Better Surgical Intensive “Caring” Units:  Integrating Evidence-based Palliative and Perioperative Care
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Guest Speakers
Carol Taylor, PhD, MSN
Department of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies,
Kennedy Institute of Ethics, 
Georgetown University 
Marisa C. Brown, MSN, RN
Center for Child and Human Development - University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities,
Georgetown University
Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD(C)
Department of Philosophy,
Georgetown University
Erin Leveton, JD
State Office of Disability Administration
Department of Disability Services
Georgetown University Law Center
End-of-Life Decision Making for People with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
2:30 pm – 2:40 pm
Instructions for Break-Out Sessions
2:40 pm – 4:00 pm
Break Out Sessions
Group A: Physicians Office Building (POB) Conference Room A
Group B: Physicians Office Building (POB) Conference Room B
Group C: Graduate Medical Education (GME) Conference Room 
4:00 pm -5:30 pm
Break Out Session Presentations
Group A: 4:00-4:30
Group B: 4:30-5:00
Group C: 5:00-5:30
*To be held on the campus of MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Please visit for directions.
LOCATION CHANGE: The symposium may not be held at the hospital’s True Auditorium as previously announced on account of evolving needs related to appropriate capacity for the event. The final location within the hospital will be disclosed to all registrants by email.
Please visit to register online, or simply complete and fax the attached registration form to the Center for Ethics (CFE) at (202) 877-3898. For more information, please contact the program director, Christian Carrozzo by phone at (202) 877-0247.
Christian Carrozzo
(202) 877-0247