Daniel Labby Seminar in Medical Ethics

"What happens to all that stuff you have in your head when you retire," wondered Daniel Labby, M.D. in 1989, the year of the Center's founding.  From this musing emerged one of the Center's longest-standing programs, the twice-annual Daniel Labby Seminar in Medical Ethics.

In the belief that retiring clinicians are a valuable, often untapped resource, Dr. Labby designed and moderated the seminars as a forum of emeritus and retired professionals to capture wisdom and guidance in key areas: patient care, teaching, and research.  

Drawing participants from across the disciplines – physicians, nurses, social workers, researchers and many others who might not otherwise talk and learn together - the seminars have created a dynamic cross-fertilization of ideas for a wide array of healthcare professionals.  The rich content of discussion has also informed new ethics education and health care policy here and across the country.

Dr. David Clarke serves as the seminar moderator, calling on the expertise of invited colleagues and audience members to explore current ethical dilemmas.  Dr. Clarke is a gifted physician and speaker and brings his own masterful moderation to each discussion.

Upcoming Seminar Spotlight - Death with Dignity Act 25 Years Later

Please join us for the next Daniel Labby Seminar in Medical Ethics, Death With Dignity Act 25 Years Later on Monday, May 16 from 12:00-1:00PM via Webex. See the flyer for more details!

Seminar Details: It is hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the Death with Dignity Act became law in Oregon. A law that once stirred controversy has become an infrequently used established option in our State. Recent proposed changes in the law may raise new ethical questions: Should residents of other states be allowed to come to Oregon for physician aid in dying? What challenges might this raise for Oregon physicians and their responsibilities to patients? Should the mandate for a 6-month life expectancy be changed? Could loosening restrictions in the law lead to unintended consequences? As other states look to Oregon as a model for physician aid in dying, what lessons have we learned in the past 25 years to share with others?

Past Moderators for the Daniel Labby Seminar in Medical Ethics

Daniel Labby, M.D.
Victor Menashe, M.D.