"Bioethics at the Beginning of Life":
April 12, 2011
At this discussion supper, students talked with Dr. John Lantos about neonatal care and ethics, as well as other issues of medical ethics and practice including the questions that parents, doctors, and other caregivers face when a newborn is at risk. Dr. Lantos has combined the practice of medicine with researching and writing about bioethics, especially in the area of neonatal care, and is nationally recognized for his leadership in bioethics and his distinguished career in pediatric medicine. His work in bioethics covers a broad spectrum of ethical issues related to neonatal and pediatric care, life science research, organ transplantation, end-of-life decision making, physician/patient relationships and resource allocation. He has appeared on Oprah, Larry King, National Public Radio, and Nightline, and was named by both Chicago Magazine and Ladies Home Journal as an outstanding pediatrician. He has published more than 150 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has written or edited several books in the area of medical ethics, including Neonatal Bioethics, The Lazarus Case: Life and Death Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care; The Last Physician: Walker Percy and the Moral Life of Medicine; and Do We Still Need Doctors? Dr. Lantos was on campus to deliver the Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture, "Narrative, Narcissism, and Notes from a Life in Neonatal Bioethics," on Tuesday, April 12, 4-5:30 p.m., Geology 126. The lectureship was established in 2002 to honor the memory of Matthew Vandivier Sims, who died in infancy. The supper is hosted by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, in co-operation with the Wells Scholars Program and the Hutton Honors College.