The Heart of Medicine: Improving Care for Patients at the End of Life

Christine Cassel, MD, will discuss the context and history of providing care at the end of life as a scientific and medical discipline, including the dynamic among patients, their families and their physicians.

She will examine the current environment, particularly the growing need for quality measures that patients can use to ensure they're receiving the best care available.

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About Christine Cassel, MD

A pioneering woman in healthcare, Dr. Cassel is the CEO of National Quality Forum. She was the first female chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine, first female president of the American College of Physicians and the first female dean of Oregon Health and Science University.

She is also one of 20 scientists chosen by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and is co-chair and physician leader of a PCAST report to the President on future directions of health information technology.

Jerome Tobis Endowed Lecture Series

Cassel's talk will be the first in the Jerome Tobis Endowed Lecture Series that will address contemporary issues in medical ethics.

This series was started in memory of Jerome Tobis, MD, beloved physician, colleague, father and friend. Tobis was passionate about medical ethics and worked tirelessly to ensure that all patients have access to the best possible medical care.