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.