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Dr. Elizabeth Dzeng to Speak on Ethics of End-of-Life Decision Making

Dr. Elizabeth Dzeng, MD, MPH, Ph.D., an assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will address the Hippocratic Paradox: When Is Resuscitating a Patient Doing Them Harm?” in a presentation at Mount St. Mary’s University on March 12. The talk, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Knott Auditorium, is sponsored by the Mount’s Office of Competitive Fellowships.

dzeng.jpgIn her presentation, Dr. Dzeng will give an overview of medical treatments such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) that are used at the end of lie and discuss the ethics of whether resuscitation should be performed when there is no change of meaningful survival. She will present her research on how institutional cultures and policies influence physicians’ ethical beliefs surrounding autonomy and best interest, and how that impacts the way physicians communicate during end-of-life decision making.

Dr. Dzeng is an assistant professor at UCSF in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. She also directs the ethics curriculum for UCSF medical students. She is an Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health, based at the Global Brain Health Institute at UCSF's Memory and Aging Center.