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St. Francis sets bioethics conference


Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – July 5, 2006

Hospital executives, insurance administrators and even personal injury lawyers are expected to converge on Honolulu for a bioethics conference in August.

The 2006 International Bioethics Conference is set for Aug. 17-18 at the Sheraton Waikiki.

“The 2006 conference will cover the most up-to-date issues pertaining to medical malpractice and risk management,” said S.Y. Tan, director of the St. Francis International Center for Healthcare Ethics.

Jack Lewin, a former director for the Hawaii Department of Health who is now CEO of the California Medical Association and CEO of the American College of Cardiology, will speak on “The Tort Reform Movement in the United States.”

The Aug. 17 plenary session will address “Is Defensive Medicine Good Medical Ethics?” by Marshall Kapp of Southern Illinois University, while the Aug. 18 Blessed Marianne Cope Lectureship will be on “Magical Medical Ethical Mystery Tours” by Faith Fitzgerald of the University of California at Davis School of Medicine.

Local presenters include Kalani Brady of the University of Hawaii Department of Native Hawaiian Health; Honolulu attorneys Ellen Carson of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing and Richard Fried of Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks; and others.

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