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.  

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.


2024 Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker

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Past Sessions

Dr. Rosenberg is the Chief of Pediatric Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Director of Pediatric Palliative Care at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD from Stanford University and completed her pediatrics residency and hematology/oncology fellowship training at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Her additional training includes a Master of Science in Clinical Research Methods and a Master of Arts in Bioethics, both from the University of Washington.

Dr. Rosenberg’s scholarship is focused on promoting the quality of life of children, adolescents, and young adults with serious illness. Specifically, she and her team endeavor to create evidence-based programs to promote patient and family resilience, in turn enabling both children and families to thrive. Dr. Rosenberg has been continuously funded by the NIH for her entire career, and currently holds multiple independent NIH grants to test and disseminate her novel resilience-coaching program.

Finally, Dr. Rosenberg is dedicated to training the next generation of survivorship and outcomes researchers. Her mentoring mission is to support the development of women and people who have been historically marginalized trainees in science.

To view the recording of our last Madeline Brill Nelson lecture, "The Science and the Art of Resilience: lessons learned from patients, families, and communities" by Dr. Abby Rosenberg, please click HERE.