Challenging Decision-Making in High-Risk Surgical Infants: A Tool to Help Families and Providers

  • May 19, 2016, 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Schwarze grand roundsMargaret (Gretchen) Schwarze, MD, MPP. Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery and Medical History & Bioethics, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Margaret (Gretchen) Schwarze is associate professor in the Department of Surgery and the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Madison–Wisconsin. She is a board-certified vascular surgeon and medical ethicist. Schwarze is a nationally recognized expert in surgical decision making, informed consent, advance directives and end-of-life care. Her research examines the challenges surgeons and patients face regarding decisions about aggressive treatments at the end of life, with the goal of improving communication between patients and their surgeons so that patients can make decisions that align with their values, preferences and goals.

Schwarze is currently funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health to develop a communication strategy and intervention aimed at increasing patient decision-making and reducing postoperative conflict about goals of care surrounding high-risk surgery.

About Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Grand Rounds

The Sconyers/Godfrey Ethics Grand Rounds engages the Seattle Children’s community around a challenging ethical issue, often inspired by recent clinical cases. The grand rounds are structured to be interactive. Typically, a Seattle Children’s clinician presents a hypothetical case to frame the ethical questions. A national expert then provides a commentary on the case, followed by a half hour for robust discussion involving the audience.

The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatrics Bioethics is grateful for Jeff Sconyers and Debra Godfrey’s ongoing support of our educational activities in bioethics, which enables us to offer this thought-provoking series.

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