Controversies in Defining Death: An Ethical Perspective


The Legacy Ethics Education Committee presents a conference on controversies that surround the determination of death across the age spectrum.

Speakers:  Mary Beth Jones, M.D.
                    Martin Gizzi, M.D. – Neurologic Determination of Death in Adults
                    Alana Golden, M.D. – Pediatric Perspective on the Neurologic Determination of Death

Target Audience:  Nurses, physicians, therapists, social work and care management specialists spiritual care providers, ethics committee members and other clinicians and staff involved in patient care.

Date: December 7, 2017 8:00 -10:30 a.m. (7:30 a.m. registration)

Cost:  No charge

For more information, please contact Diane Sawyer, Admin Asst for Legacy Ethics: 503-413-7529 


At the end of the presentation, the learners should be able to;

  •  Summarize the changes in the determination of death criteria from pre-1959 until present day.
  • Recognize examples of medical, legal and ethical controversy surrounding the determination death; especially brain death.
  • Examine strategies for addressing controversy, conflict and moral distress in clinical cases concerning the neurologic determination of death


  • When

  • Thursday, December 7, 2017
    7:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Pacific Time

  • Where

  • Lorenzen Auditorium
    2801 N Gantenbein Ave
    Portland, Oregon 97227

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