4th Annual Medical Ethics Symposium: Medical, Cultural, Religious & Ethical Conflicts Encompassing Brain Death When Patients, Families & Healthcare Providers Disagree - 2019

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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MART Auditorium - Stony Brook, NY
1 Day Conference August 6th, 2019
5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Hours


It is vital that healthcare providers in critical care are fully informed about the current definition of brain death and have the tools to discuss this with families.  When/if conflicts arise, such as family refusal of performing brain death protocol, or lack of acceptance of the concept of brain death, providers need to have the skills and knowledge to discuss these conflicts with the families in a culturally, religiously and ethically appropriate manner.  In general, physicians and others in healthcare under perform in end of life conversations.  Brain death, especially when due to a traumatic and sudden event, is a crucial time to have skills to navigate compassionate and emphatic discussion to assist families and other loved ones during this difficult time.  

The goal of this symposium is to clarify the current definition of brain death.  Objectives also include the skills needed to respectfully handle requests for accommodations based on sincere beliefs while also managing the moral and ethical dilemmas that may arise in critical care providers of care for a patient who is declared brain dead.  

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Dates and Times

Start: 8/6/2019 8:30 AM
End: 8/6/2019 4:00 PM


  • Describe diagnostic factors in determining Brain Injury vs Brain Death.
  • Discuss compassionate approaches when giving bad news.
  • Develop effective strategies for negotiating conflict-ridden decisions encompassing Brain Death when healthcare teams and/or families disagree.
  • Explain how religious and cultural beliefs impact patient care and decision concerning Brian Death Determination.
  • Summarize case based approach to ethical decision making with family refusal to acknowledge Brain Death Determination.
  • Identify ethical and legal issues in Declaring Brain Death.
  • Review factors surrounding determination of Brian Death in infants and children.
  • Discuss the impact of a diagnosis of Brain Death on the health care providers and family (Moral Distress).
  • Describe effective strategies for identifying how provider bias may impact patient care (Age, Gender, Disability, Race, Religion, Ethnicity, Socioeconomic Factors, etc.).
  • Explain the ethical issues surrounding organ donation. 


Tier Price
Stony Brook Employees, Faculty & Health Science Students (includes lunch & CME Certificate) $30.00
Non-Stony Brook Employees (includes lunch & CME certificate) $65.00
All Social Workers (includes lunch & CEU certificate) $65.00


  • Cara Harth, MD
    • Brain Death: Concepts & Controversies
  • Constantine Ioannou, MD
    • Rapid Fire Sessions: When Does the Soul Leave? Spiritual Dimension of "Brain Death"
  • Brian Papszycki, Master's Degree
    • Ethical Issues in Organ Donation After Declaring Brain Death, Donation After Cardiac Death
  • Carolyn Santora, Master's Degree
    • Overview Summary
  • Elizabeth Wirkowski, MD
    • Brain Injury Prognostication & Delivering Bad News


  • Ethical Dilemmas and Determination of Brain Death in Neonates and Children
    • Dr. Echezona Maduekwe, MD
    • Dr. Rina Meyer, MD
  • Expert Panel Discussion Including Case Presentations Surrounding Ethical Challenges in Brain Death
    • Dr. Julie Agris, PhD
    • Ms. Mary Bennett, RN
    • Mr. John Coulehan, MD
    • Dr. Michael Egnor, MD
    • Dr. Cara Harth, MD
    • Dr. Echezona Maduekwe, MD
    • Ms. Robyn McKeefrey, Master's Degree
    • Dr. Phyllis Migdal, MD
    • Mr. Brian Papszycki, Master's Degree
    • Ms. Carolyn Santora, Master's Degree
    • Dr. Lisa Wilks-Gallo, MD
    • Dr. Elizabeth Wirkowski, MD
    • Dr. Kevin Zacharoff, MD
  • Legal Aspects of Declaring Brain Death When the Family is Resistant
    • Mr. Arthur Diamond, JD
    • Ms. Keri Mahoney, JD
    • Ms. Robyn McKeefrey, Master's Degree
  • Panel Presentation: Honoring Religious & Cultural Beliefs in the Determination of Brain Death
    • Dr. Linda Anderson, PhD
    • Mr. Vitus Ezeiruaku, Master's Degree
    • Ms. Sanaa Nadim, Master's Degree
    • Mr. Pandit Ramsundar Gobin, Associate Degree
    • Dr. Tracie Saunders, MD
    • Dr. Marc Shapiro, MD


MART Auditorium
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11741


The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) . Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Need help with this Conference?

Please contact the Conference coordinator listed below:

Donna Lovaglio
Department: OCME
Phone: (631) 444-2094
Email: donna.lovaglio@stonybrookmedicine.edu

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(631) 444-2094
Office of Continuing Medical Education
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
HSC, Level 2, Room 142
Stony Brook, New York 11794-8222