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Posted on March 31, 2020 at 7:36 AM

Join the next Loyola Bioethics Live webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 @ 1:30 pm central – “The Ethics of COVID-19: Some Initial Reflections.”

Thomas Cunningham, MS, MA, PhD, is the Director of Bioethics for Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. He received his doctorate in History & Philosophy of Science and his masters in Bioethics from the University of Pittsburgh. His undergraduate work and masters in Biology were taken from the University of California at San Diego. His areas of expertise include philosophy of medicine and bioethical theory and practice. Dr. Cunningham’s work has appeared in Journal of Medical Ethics, American Journal of Bioethics, Critical Care Medicine, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, and other venues. For access to Dr. Cunningham’s research, please visit his ReasearchGate or profiles.

Alex Kon, MD, HEC-C, FAAP, FCCM, is a pediatric intensivist and certified healthcare ethics consultant with over 20 years of experience.  He led ethics policy development during the H1N1 outbreak for a large academic healthcare center, and led ethics policy development for the US Military healthcare system during Ebola.  He is the Immediate past-President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), a past chair of the Society for Critical Care Medicine Ethics Committee, and is currently on the working group developing treatment and triage policies for the state of Montana in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. He received his BA in philosophy at the UC-Berkeley, MD from McGill University, and did residency training at Stanford, followed by fellowship training in pediatric critical care and medical ethics in San Francisco.

Kelly Michelson, MD, MPH, is a pediatric intensivist and has research interests in communication, decision making, palliative care, bereavement support, and ethics. Currently, her research focuses on communication and decision making among patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in the pediatric intensive care unit as well as in the palliative care setting. Her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods as well as patient/stakeholder engagement and community based participatory research methods.  She received her BA from Columbia University, MD from Duke, and MPH from UNC. She did her residency in pediatrics at the Univ of Chicago, her fellowship in pediatric critical care at Northwestern, and did a fellowship in clinical ethics at the Univ of Chicago.

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