September 12, 2008

Lecture to focus on bioethics

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John Lantos, M.D.

Lecture to focus on bioethics

Nationally known bioethicist John Lantos, M.D., will deliver the Richard M. Zaner Lecture in Medical Ethics next Monday, Sept. 15, at noon in 208 Light Hall.

Lantos, who holds the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, will discuss “The anti-globalization of neonatal bioethics.”

The lecture is named for longtime Vanderbilt bioethicist Richard Zaner, Ph.D., who retired in 2002.

Lantos, former professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, is past president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

His work has dealt with a broad spectrum of ethical issues in neonatal and pediatric care, life science research, organ transplantation, end-of-life decision making, physician/patient relationships and resource allocation.

Lantos has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has written or edited several books including “The Lazarus Case: Life and Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care” and “Do We Still Need Doctors?”

The Center for Practical Bioethics is a nonprofit, free-standing organization that assists patients and their families, health care professionals, policymakers and corporate leaders with ethically complex issues in medicine and research.