Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education

The Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education began in 2008 and is made possible through the generosity of the late Madeline Brill Nelson.  The series brings national health care ethics leaders to OHSU to help train students and practicing professionals through scholarly discussion of emerging ethical issues in healthcare.  Dr. Lynn A. Jansen leads the series planning, working to recruit national leaders to join the OHSU campus for a few days.

Through Madeline's (affectionately known as 'Maddie') passion to make the world a better place, she dedicated herself to countless causes within the community.  Propelled by her rare gift for seeing and understanding need, Madeline was the very first donor to step forward to support the Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU when it was still but a dream in the eyes of its founders.  So wholeheartedly did she grasp its potential and believe in its mission that she fell easily into the role of quiet pioneer - a role, it turns out, that comes quite naturally to her, inspired by the legacy of her father, Dr. Isidor C. Brill.  When asked once to describe her father, Madeline offered the following words. "Dedicated. Always trying to heal. Quiet. Happy to help and serve. Visionary." As it happens, such phrases also perfectly describe Madeline herself. But, modest as she is, she would be the last to realize it.

Tuesday, March 2 from 8:00-9:00AM - As part of OHSU's DoM Grand Rounds, The Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education is thrilled to welcome Aaron Wightman, MD, MA. Dr. Wightman is joining us from the University of Washington School of Medicine & the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute, and will be presenting Cognitive Ability As Rationing Criteria: A Critical Examination of Cognition As Criterion For Solid Organ Transplant Candidacy.

Aaron Wightman, MD, MA is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Divisions of Pediatric Nephrology, Bioethics, and Palliative Care, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine and co-director of education at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at the Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Institute.  Dr. Wightman’s research interests focus on medical decision-making for children with complex, chronic medical conditions.  He is the founder and chair of the ethics committee for the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology and serves on the UNOS ethics committee.