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News Release: End of Life: Whose Choice?

September 18, 2014 — 

International Palliative Care Initiative Medical Director Dr. Kathleen Foley will present a thought-provoking public lecture on “Physician-Assisted Suicide: My Choice or Society’s?” at the annual Class of 1972 Arnold Naimark Lecture in Medicine and Society.

What: Class of 1972 Arnold Naimark Lecture in Medicine and Society
When: Friday, September 19, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Brodie Centre Atrium, 727 McDermot Avenue, Bannatyne Campus, University of Manitoba

Webcast of lecture available here.

inpatient bed in hospitalDr. Foley, an attending neurologist in the Pain & Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and professor of neurology, neuroscience, and clinical pharmacology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, has focused her career on the assessment and treatment of patients with cancer pain.

This annual lecture, established by the Medicine Class of 1972, recognizes and honours Dr. Arnold Naimark’s legacy within the University of Manitoba and the College of Medicine. Dr. Naimark’s remarkable and enduring contributions include serving as Dean of Medicine from 1971-81 and University of Manitoba President and Vice- Chancellor from 1981-96.

Dr. Naimark, President Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, has led transformative change at the University of Manitoba. His career has been heavily focused on the advancement of scientific research and development, health innovation, institutional transformation and advanced education.

This year’s theme pays homage to classmate Donald Low [MD/72], who died from a brain tumor in September 2013. Dr. Low might be remembered most as the microbiologist credited with guiding Toronto through the 2003 SARS crisis in his role as microbiologist in chief at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital. Near the end of his life, Dr. Low was also an advocate for legalized physician-assisted suicide.


For more information contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications and Marketing, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at: 204-789-3427, (cell) 204-295-6777 (ilana [dot] simon [at] med [dot] umanitoba [dot] ca).


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