Levi Symposium – 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

4:00 pm — 5:45 pm, 

Chevy Chase Conference Center, Zayed Tower, Johns Hopkins Hospital


Medical and surgical innovations are sometimes attempted in effort to save lives. While some innovations ultimately prove beneficial (e.g., umbilical cord blood transplant for several conditions), others diffuse prematurely into practice causing substantial harm (e.g., bone marrow transplantation for breast cancer). While professional groups offer guidelines for responsible innovation, public attention can inflate patients’ expectations. There is little guidance regarding how to manage such desperate situations in an ethically sound way.

This Levi Symposium will address how to respond to patient/ family requests for innovative therapies.  A panel of experts that includes patients and clinicians will review the scope of this issue as it applies across specialties, from maternal-fetal medicine to organ transplantation.


Welcome – Professor Jeffrey Kahn
Introduction and Overview – Dr. Jeremy Sugarman
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler
Dr. Jessica Bienstock
Dr. Christine Durand
Dr. John Fetting
Dr. Elena Gates
Panel Discussion/Q&A