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  • 2022

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    Clare Whitney

    GRAND ROUNDS- Clare Whitney, PhD, MBE, RN
    "Mediation & Ethical Case Resolution"

    Thursday, April 28, 2022
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    The mediation model is a highly effective approach to ethical case resolution, ethics consultation, and clinical conflict management. This model is based on principles of negotiation and applied to the clinical setting through formal and informal third-party-facilitated conversations. Three pillars of mediation – neutrality, empathy, and creativity – allow a mediator to approach clinical conflict with a toolkit that enables them to resolve issues rooted in miscommunication or ethical tensions. In this presentation, we will discuss the basics of the mediation model, including the importance of giving effective apologies, using diagnostic listening skills, and taking inventory of conflicting parties’ positions and interests. We will also discuss how clinicians and patient-advocates can apply the principles, pillars, and tools of mediations, to achieve mutually acceptable resolutions to instances of clinical conflict.

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    Atay Citron

    GRAND ROUNDS- Atay Citron, PhD
    "Performance as Research: My Work with the Deaf Actors of the Ebisu Sign Language Theatre Laboratory"

    Thursday, April 7, 2022
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    Ebisu Sign Language Theatre Laboratory was formed in 2014 as part of the GRAMBY (Grammar of the Body) research project that investigated compositionality in sign language ( gramby.haifa.ac.il). The lab is an ensemble of 8 performer-researchers – 7 deaf and 1 hearing – all using Israeli Sign Language (ISL) for everyday communication. Employing performance-as-research methods, they study their own language to explore its poetic and performative potential. The exploratory improvisations combine ISL with gestures and physical theatre in order to create performances that are accessible to the deaf and hearing alike (we do not use simultaneous interpreting). Ebisu ensemble has created 3 original performances so far (the first, It’s Not About Ebisu, played at SBU in 2016), and will begin work on its 4 th piece next year. In this presentation, I will discuss Deaf culture, the creative dialog of a hearing director with deaf actors, and the Let the Body Lead the Mind method, which I developed with the actors.

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    Maria Basile      Jack Coulehan

    GRAND ROUNDS- Maria Basile, MD, MBA & Jack Coulehan, MD
    "Why Doctors Write"

    Thursday, March 10, 2022
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: HSC, Level 2, Lecture Hall 3
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    Why Doctors Write: Finding Humanity in Medicine explores the impact of writing, the arts, and the humanities on medical practice. In an age of technology, physician burnout, and depersonalized patient care, clinicians have turned to these tools to care for themselves and colleagues, and to renew their connection to patients. Why Doctors Write features a few of the practitioners who have pioneered ways to use reflective writing to recognize, accept, investigate, and nurture the most human aspects of medical care.

    In this Grand Rounds you will attend a screening of the full-length (35 min) documentary, Why Doctors Write, with Dr Coulehan, Dr Basile, and other faculty from the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. Following the screening, Drs Basile and Coulehan will facilitate a Q&A discussion of the video.

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    "Faith, Health and Wellness"
    Panel Discussion and Q&A
    Guest Speaker: Stephen G. Post, PhD

    Wednesday, March 9, 2022
    6:00pm
    Location: SAC Auditorium or Zoom (see flyer for details)

    Explore a journey into your spirituality and well-being and learn how to lead a happier and healthier life

    Hosted by the Interfaith Center and the Center for Prevention and Outreach, with support from the Division of Student Affairs, in collaboration with The Abraham's Table of Long Island

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    Brooke Ellison

    GRAND ROUNDS- Brooke Ellison, PhD
    "Look Both Ways"

    Thursday, February 24, 2022
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    In her new book, Look Both Ways, Stony Brook University's Dr. Brooke Ellison discusses her life, the last 31 years of which were lived with ventilator-dependent quadriplegia after a devastating accident that took place on Nicolls Road. Stony Brook University was the institution that saved her life, and it is now the institution where she has built her career. Through this book, Dr. Ellison examines not only the events that have shaped who she has become, but also the lessons – lessons of challenge, hope, vulnerability, and leadership – that she has derived from these events.

    In this Grand Rounds, Dr. Ellison will discuss her life – including her accident when she was a child, her academic path through Harvard University, and her work now, as an Associate Professor of Applied Ethics at Stony Brook – and will share passages from her book. Dr. Ellison will also reserve time for question and answer about her life, her work, and views of the world when you look both ways.

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    Dorothy Roberts

    GRAND ROUNDS- Dorothy Roberts
    " Ending the Legacy of Racism in Medicine "

    Thursday, February 10, 2022
    5:00pm- 6:00pm
    Location: MART Auditorium and Zoom-  Please RSVP
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    False biological concepts of race, structural racism, and conscious or unconscious racial bias all contribute to racial inequities in health. The medical profession has long defined disease and treated patients according to race. But race-based medicine can be traced back to false assumptions about innate biological differences and to excuses for slavery and medical exploitation. Today, race-based medicine diverts attention and resources from the social determinants that cause appalling racial gaps in health. By understanding how racism has helped to structure medical knowledge, practice, and policies, we can end this backward legacy and collectively build a more equitable and heathier society.

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    So-Youn Park

    GRAND ROUNDS- So-Youn Park, MD
    "Self-determination of Patients in Republic of Korea: Challenges in Medical Education for End of Life Care"

    Monday, February 7, 2022
    4:30pm- 5:30pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    In the process of providing medical services, doctors witness countless deaths. Attitudes toward the acceptance of death vary across cultures, and related medical education for humanities could be diverse. The question that arises is, “What should doctors do to protect the dignity of patients at the end of the patient’s life?” In this conversation, Dr. Park will demonstrate how humanities education is conducted in medical schools in South Korea. In particular, she will talk about the culture and systems surrounding the provision of end-of-life care and medical education in South Korea.

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  • 2021

    Past events

    Daniel R. George   Peter J. Whitehouse

    GRAND ROUNDS- Daniel R. George, PhD, MSc  & Peter J. Whitehouse MD-PhD
    "American Dementia: Brain Health in an Unhealthy Society"

    Thursday, December 2, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    How do we improve brain health in the future?


    For decades, researchers have chased a pharmaceutical cure for memory loss. But despite the fact that no disease-modifying biotech treatments have emerged, new research suggests that dementia rates have actually declined in the United States and Western Europe over the last decade. Why is this happening? And what does it mean for brain health in the future? In American Dementia, Daniel R. George, PhD, MSc, and Peter J. Whitehouse, MD, PhD, argue that the current decline of dementia may be strongly linked to mid–twentieth century policies that reduced inequality, provided widespread access to education and healthcare, and brought about cleaner air, soil, and water. They also:

    • Explain why Alzheimer’s disease, an obscure clinical label until the 1970s, is the hallmark illness of our current hyper-capitalist era.

    • Reveal how the soaring inequalities of the twenty-first century—which are sowing poverty, barriers to healthcare and education, loneliness, lack of sleep, stressful life events, environmental exposures, and climate change—are reversing the gains of the twentieth century and damaging our brains.

    • Tackle the ageist tendencies in our culture, which disadvantage both vulnerable youth and elders.

    • Make an evidence-based argument that policies like single-payer healthcare, a living wage, and universal access to free higher education and technical training programs will build collective resilience to dementia.

    • Promote strategies that show how local communities can rise above the disconnection and loneliness that define our present moment and come together to care for our struggling neighbors.

    Ultimately, American Dementia asserts that actively remembering lessons from the twentieth century which help us become a healthier, wiser, and more compassionate society represents our most powerful intervention for preventing Alzheimer’s and protecting human dignity. Exposing the inconvenient truths that confound market-based approaches to memory enhancement as well as broader social organization, the book imagines how we can act as citizens to protect our brains, build the cognitive resilience of younger generations, and rise to the moral challenge of caring for the cognitively frail.

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    Salvatore Mangione

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Salvatore Mangione, MD 
    "Rembrandt’s Empathy"

    Thursday, November 18, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    The year 2019 marked the 350 th anniversary of Rembrandt’s death, a painter that has consistently fascinated physicians. Rembrandt maintained both professional and friendly relationships with doctors, and often portrayed them. In return, physicians have written a variety of papers on Rembrandt’s anatomy portraits, diagnoses of disease, description of depression, and his own depiction of aging. Yet, what Rembrandt’s eyes uniquely captured is the whole spectrum of the human condition. The emotions he portrayed on his canvases, and especially in his self-portraits, reveal not a painter but a psychologist. Thus, they allow us to look through someone else’s eyes and understand their sufferings and struggles. They remind us that we are all fighting a momentous struggle, and by doing so they foster our empathy. They remind us that without art we become less human, and in fact more likely to accept the dehumanization of others.

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    Suzanne Nalbantian          Vincent de Luise

    GRAND ROUNDS- Suzanne Nalbantian, PhD & Vincent de Luise, MD
    "The Neuroscience and Neuroaesthetics of Creativity and the Artist Mind"

    Thursday, November 4, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    What is Creativity? What characterizes the creative and artistic mind? Among its components are memory,
    imagination, intelligence and decision-making, and emotion. Can we localize creative processing in the brain? What
    are the neural networks and brain states that subserve the “aha” moments? Cognitive neuroscientists have identified many of the neurotransmitters and interconnections of these networks. Researchers in both the arts and
    sciences can demonstrate how the dynamic interaction of spontaneous and unconscious states with conscious,
    regulatory control contributes to creativity.
    In this panel discussion and inquiry, Professors Suzanne Nalbantian and Vincent de Luise will provide a broad and deep discussion of the burgeoning field of the cognitive neuroscience of creativity, across a spectrum of domains: neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropsychology, functional neuroimaging and humanistic studies. Fresh findings
    in these areas are drawn from Nalbantian’s 2019 edited Oxford UP volume, Secrets of Creativity: What
    Neuroscience, the Arts and Our Minds Reveal.

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      Vincent de Luise

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Vincent de Luise, MD 
    From Looking to Seeing: Perception and the Arts
    "Blindsight: Creativity and Visual Loss in the masterworks of Turner, Cassatt, Monet, DeGas, Goya and O’Keefe "

    Thursday, October 28, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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     Is Illness an obstacle, or an opportunity, for the genius of creativity? How did artists cope and contend with visual loss? In this conversation, we will discuss the visual impairments of several of the greatest artists in the western Canon - Rembrandt, Titian, Joseph Mallord William Turner, Mary Cassatt, Claude Monet, Edgar DeGas, Francisco Goya and Georgia O’Keefe -  taking a “slow look” at their paintings, in an attempt to understand  how they overcame visual loss to create masterpieces. 

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      Lester Paldy

    GRAND ROUNDS- Lester Paldy
    "Perpetrators, Victims, and Resisters: Medical Eponyms from the Nazi Era "

    Thursday, October 14, 2021
    4:30pm- 5:30pm
    Location: HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6 ( directions)
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    Medical associations have called for the removal of eponyms honoring physicians and medical researchers like Hans Asperger and others complicit in murder and medical crimes during the Nazi period and accorded eponymic recognition to those who resisted and suffered. Despite those efforts, eponyms honoring Nazi medical war criminals are still in use. This talk reviews a relatively little-known part of the history of medicine and recommends a course of action for current and emerging generations of medical professionals.

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    Salvatore Mangione

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Salvatore Mangione, MD  
    " The Last Breath: TB in Opera and Culture "

    Thursday, September 30, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    The year 1882 marked a turning point in the history of Tuberculosis, one of the greatest scourges ever inflicted upon mankind. On March 24, 1882 Robert Koch announced in Berlin his discovery of the Tuberculous bacillus, and during the same year Carlo Forlanini published in Italy eleven papers suggesting the curative potential of artificial pneumothorax. As a result of these diagnostic and therapeutic innovations, 1882 completely changed the public perception of the disease, which went from being some sort of God’s punishment for artistic sin and personal debauchery (Verdi’s Violetta in Traviata) to being simply a disease of abject poverty and failing public health (Puccini’s Mimi in Boheme). Hence, more than forty years after Susan Sontag’s publication of ‘Illness as a Metaphor’ we shall revisit tuberculosis and review how diseases can in fact acquire cultural overtones, and how often these perceptions change over time.

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    Dr. Agnes Wong

    GRAND ROUNDS- Agnes Wong, MD, PhD, FRCSC
    " The Art and Science of Compassion "

    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  Please RSVP for link
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    Compassion is both innate and a trainable skill that can be cultivated to promote flourishing in medical students and physicians. In this talk, Dr. Wong will clarify the difference between empathy and compassion, explain why compassion fatigue is a misnomer, and suggest that empathy fatigue/empathic distress are better terms to describe the exhaustion we experience when self-regulation is suboptimal. Based on the scientific principles of neuroplasticity, epigenetics, and inborn basic goodness, she will show the evidence supporting that mental training in the form mindfulness and lovingkindness practices can lead to many benefits, including better attention stability, meta-awareness, perspective-taking, and emotion regulation. Compassion is a boundless source of energy and resilience that not only benefits the receivers, but also enhances the givers' own well-being. It is an antidote to burnout that is widespread in healthcare. It is also an essential ingredient for a kinder, gentler society.

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      Vincent de Luise

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Vincent de Luise, MD   
    From Looking to Seeing: Perception and the Arts
    "The Self Depicted: Masters of Self-Portraiture, from Rembrandt and Durer to van Gogh and Picasso "

    Thursday, August 26, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    Why does an artist choose paint themselves? What aspects of personality and psychology is an artist trying to capture by portraying their own visage?  What does self-portraiture tell us about the artists themselves? How do artists paint the hand they use to paint when they are in the act of painting? 

    Why did two of the greatest artists in the western Canon- Durer and Rembrandt - paint themselves so frequently? How was this identity formation framed by the societies in which they lived. 

    In this conversation, we will look at how Albrecht Dürer invented the psychological self-portrait through remarkable drawn and painted self-portraits, and Rembrandt van Rijn’s evolution and relentless lifelong journey to autobiography in art, to understand himself through self-portraiture. 

    We will then survey self-portraiture over the centuries, including masterworks by Michelangelo, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Titian, Artemisia Gentileschi, Velazquez, Goya, Manet, van Gogh, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Chuck Close. 

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    Salvatore Mangione

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Salvatore Mangione, MD  
    " The Art of Observation & the Observation of Art "

    Thursday, June 24, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    Astute observation is a right-brained skill and one that is highly desirable for a physician, since it’s not only essential for diagnosis but also for empathetic connection. Osler agreed. “The whole art of Medicine” he remarked “is in observation.” In fact, he saw “no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation.” Yet, this skill is not taught during medical school or residency, and in fact may even be hindered by a curriculum heavily skewed towards the sciences.  The result is the missing of many important clues. Observing artworks might offer a simple but effective way to rekindle both the right brain and the power of observation, and thus in turn improve bedside detection of physical findings. It may even help the reading of faces, a fundamental skill for physicians. 

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      Vincent de Luise

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Vincent de Luise, MD  
    From Looking to Seeing: Perception and the Arts
    "Art is an Illusion which begets Truth "

    Thursday, May 27, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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     In this conversation, we will seek to understand Picasso’s famous dictum that  “Art is a Lie that makes us Realize Truths.” We will take a deep dive into optical illusion in art, looking at the works of the Renaissance master Arcimboldo “the Marvelous” and the twentieth century genius MC Escher, and then focus on the Synesthesias- those wondrous conjunctions of different senses, especially music-color synesthesia, examining the works of the artists Amy Beach and Vassily  Kandinsky, and the composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Olivier Messiaen. We will then survey the optical science of Color Vision and Art, focusing specifically on Seurat and his ideas that led to Pointillism and Modern Art. 

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    Salvatore Mangione

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Salvatore Mangione, MD
    " A Tale of Two Brains: How to Rekindle the Artist Within "

    Thursday, April 29, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    The left and right brain are not two separate anatomical entities, but two different ways of engaging the world, metaphors for a close-up and wide-angle view that are equally necessary for the human experience. They are also fundamental for a practice of medicine that can be both wise and technically skilled. Yet, medical education fosters the left brain while ignoring, if not altogether stifling, the right brain. This lopsidedness may explain some of the paradoxes in today’s medicine, and will need redressing in order to prepare healers rather than technicians.

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      Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH

    GRAND ROUND- Jeff Levin, PhD, MPH  
    "Religion and Medicine in the Age of COVID-19 "

    Thursday, March 25, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom- See flyer for meeting details

    Intersections between the institutions of medicine and religion are multifaceted and of long standing. Whether working in cooperation or in competition, the medical and faith sectors have been part of each other’s history, for better or worse, since antiquity. In this presentation, the multiple dimensions of the ongoing conversation between religion and medicine will be discussed, with special reference to the present situation involving the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak and epidemic of COVID-19. Examples will be given of religious institutions and leaders serving as part of the problem—hindering response efforts, promoting misinformation, and fostering animosity—and as part of the solution—contributing to meeting the needs of vulnerable people and assisting in society’s recovery from the pandemic.

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      Vincent de Luise

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Vincent de Luise, MD 
    From Looking to Seeing: Perception and the Arts
    "Beauty and the Brain "

    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom- See flyer for meeting details

    What makes a work of art, say the Mona Lisa or van Gogh‘s painting, Irises, beautiful? Why are we humans neurologically hardwired to perceive it?  

    We will learn why the perception of beauty is both innate and cross-cultural. We will take a deep dive into the brain science of beauty, exploring the burgeoning domain of neuroaesthetics, and then observe and analyze visual archetypes in the history of art.

    We will then focus on the various types of perspective across cultures, the canonical techniques of painting such as foreshortening, Unione, Cangiante, Chiaroscuro and Sfumato, and conclude with an examination of the camera obscura and camera lucida. Did artists use these optical devices in their paintings. How did these tools change their works of art? 

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      Dr. Kristin Neff

    GRAND ROUNDS- Kristin Neff, PhD
    "Self-compassion: Helping ourselves to help others"

    Thursday, February 11, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom-  See flyer for meeting details

    Self-compassion involves treating ourselves kindly, like we would a close friend we cared about. Rather than making global evaluations of ourselves as “good” or “bad,” self-compassion involves generating kindness toward ourselves as imperfect humans, and learning to be present with the inevitable struggles of life with greater ease. It motivates us to make needed changes in our lives not because we’re worthless or inadequate, but because we care about ourselves and want to lessen our suffering.  This talk will present theory and research on self-compassion, which a burgeoning empirical literature has shown to be powerfully associated with psychological wellbeing.  Research on self-compassion as a way to prevent burnout among mental health professionals will be presented, and the difference between compassion fatigue and empathy fatigue will be discussed.  Finally, it will be argued that self-compassion has great potential for enhancing population mental health.

    1. Describe the three core elements of self-compassion
    2. Describe research demonstrating the link between self-compassion and wellbeing.
    3. Understand how self-compassion can be used effectively in caregiving settings to avoid caregiver burn-out.

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    Salvatore Mangione

    DISTINGUISHED GRAND ROUND SERIES IN MEDICAL HUMANITIES- Salvatore Mangione, MD  
    "Groupthink, Collective Evil, and the Holocaust"

    Thursday, January 28, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    Seventy-six years after the liberation of Auschwitz the horror of the Shoah remains as haunting to mankind as ever, as indicated by countless books, documentaries, and monographs dedicated to the subject. Recent attention has gradually shifted away from “perpetrators” and focused instead on the “rescuers” – those few courageous souls who chose to risk their lives so that others could live.

    As the epitome of altruism for the betterment of mankind one would expect physicians to have been both rescuers and resisters during the Holocaust. Yet, German doctors were the most nazified profession in Hitler’s Reich, with every second male physician becoming a party member. In fact, many were perpetrators who not only provided “scientific” legitimization and manpower to domestic campaigns of sterilization and euthanasia, but who themselves participated in pseudo-scientific experiments on concentration camp prisoners. Hence, the need to revisit the topic.

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    Eva Kittay

    GRAND ROUNDS- Eva Kittay, PhD 
    "Learning from Cognitive Disability"

    Thursday, January 21, 2021
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom- See flyer for meeting details

    As a philosopher and bioethicist I have found that my experience raising and living with a very significantly, multiply disabled daughter challenges many fundamental questions of meaning and morality that philosophers have pursued.  I will provide an overview of how and why this is so, and how these questions have real practical import, especially during a crisis such as the Covid19 pandemic.  

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  • 2020

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      Jane M. Chun

    GRAND ROUNDS- Jane M. Chun, PhD  
    "Tending the caring heart within: Compassion training in medicine"

    Thursday, November 5, 2020
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    Location: Zoom- Please RSVP for link
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    The science and evidence are compelling – compassion benefits patient health outcomes, helps alleviate clinician burnout, strengthens relationships, and improves organizational measures such as employee turnover, absenteeism, revenue, and costs. Aspects of compassion training have also been shown to decrease racial bias. While we know compassion is helpful, what we’re less familiar with is how to cultivate compassion so it becomes our default stance in every moment.

    The capacity to accompany suffering and discomfort (my own and others) with strength and a caring heart has become all the more essential in the context of a pandemic and social justice movement. In this experiential workshop, we will explore the science of compassion and the difference between empathy (empathic distress) and compassion, and experience a taste of compassion training through interactive and contemplative exercises.

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      Vincent de Luise

    GRAND ROUNDS- Vincent de Luise, MD   
    "Music and the Brain: Linking Melody and the Mind"

    Thursday, October 29, 2020
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    We will take a deep dive into “Why Music”?

    Why is music so essential, fundamental and necessary in our lives? Whether one loves jazz, rock, folk, heavy metal, or just can’t get enough Beethoven and opera, we humans are all neurologically “hardwired” for music, and virtually all of us are capable of being musical. Music exists in all known cultures, and the pentatonic scale and the octave are fundamental to almost all of them. Why would that be?

    What is the Mozart effect? Does Mozart’s music make you smarter? Does the music of other composers make us smarter?

    What about Music as Medicine. Can Music Heal? How does music work to make Parkinson Disease patients walk again, and Alzheimer’s patients remember their past? How does melodic intonation therapy work to rewire the brain so that a patient relearns how to speak by relearning how to sing?

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      Bobbi Coller, PhD   Barry S. Coller, MD

    GRAND ROUNDS- Bobbi Coller, PhD & Barry S. Coller, MD 
    "Picturing Pandemic Disease"

    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    The current coronavirus pandemic is the largest and most devastating epidemic that we have experienced in our lifetimes. Historically, however, widespread episodic suffering from communicable disease began when humans started living in close proximity and was first recorded in the description of the deadly pandemic in Athens in 430 B.C.E.  Artists who have witnessed the suffering and social dislocation wrought by waves of pandemics have created powerful images that capture and evoke the impact in particularly visceral ways.   

    Picturing Pandemic Disease will describe and discuss works of art produced during the onslaught of three major pandemics--the Black Death in the Middle Ages, the 1918 influenza pandemic, and the polio myelitis pandemic of the twentieth century ---placing them in the context of the medical understanding of the disease at the time of the outbreaks. The presentation will also highlight the societal impact of the pandemics and the tension they inevitably produce for physicians who are caught between individual patient-focused medical care and public health responsibilities.

    The session, co-taught by Bobbi Coller, Ph.D. and Barry Coller, M.D. is adapted from their course “The Pulse of Art: Connections Between the History of Art and the History of Medicine” offered at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

     

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    Salvatore Mangione

    GRAND ROUNDS- Salvatore Mangione, MD
    'SONO UN RAGAZZO DEL BASSO PIAVE': Hemingway at 100

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
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    At midnight of July 8 1918 a Red Cross worker from the Midwest was badly wounded on the Italian front, just a few yards from the Piave river. Despite 200 pieces of shrapnel, the young American still managed to hoist an Italian soldier on his shoulders and carry him to safety before being hit in the knee by machine gun fire, collapsing, and having an out of body experience.

    He was two weeks short of his nineteenth birthday, and his name was Ernest Hemingway.

    This presentation will review the wounding that changed Hemingway’s life and ultimately launched his literary career. It will also review Hemingway’s love for Venice, the Veneto region, and Italy in general. As he wrote to his sister Marceline after returning to the U.S. in 1919, “Sometimes I think we only half live over here. The Italians live all the way.”

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      Alfred Carter Jr.

    GRAND ROUNDS- Alfred Carter Jr.
    "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Continuing the Legacy"

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020
    4:30pm- 6:00pm
    HSC, Level 2, Lecture Hall 2 ( directions)
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    In 1951, Henrietta Lacks cells were taken, without her knowledge, during a biopsy for treatment of cervical cancer and cultured by Dr. George Gey who created the cell line known as HeLa. Her cells became the first immortalized human cell line and led to many important breakthroughs in biomedical research.

    Henrietta’s grandson, Mr. Alfred Carter Jr., will share a slide show of events that he and his family have attended in association with Henrietta Lacks and the HELA cell line.

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  • 2019

    Salvatore Mangione

    GRAND ROUNDS- Salvatore Mangione, MD
    "When Disease Strikes the Leader: Turning Points in History"

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    4:00pm- 5:30pm
    HSC, Level 2, Lecture Hall 2 ( directions)
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    The year 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of President Wilson’s stroke, which not only removed him from political life, but also began “the most serious case of presidential disability and medical cover-up in American history”. Hence, this anniversary provides us with a timely opportunity to revisit how leaders’ illnesses impact on national policies but also on their physicians’ allegiance, both issues of great interest to the medical community.

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    July  2020 publication-  When Disease Strikes Leaders: What Should We Know?


     

      Steven G. Taibbi

    GRAND ROUNDS: Steven G. Taibbi 
    "Grateful Guilt: Living in the Shadow of My Heart"

    Thursday, November 14, 2019
    4:00pm- 5:30pm
    HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6  ( directions )
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    Steven G. Taibbi has been operated on his entire life. He was born with two "holes in the heart", the colloquial term for atrial septal defect or ASD. On April 26, 1953, the day he was born, he had his first three surgeries. He had his first open heart surgery for ASD repair in 1958, when he was five, and his second in 1959, which made him the first person to live through two open hearts for ASD repair. He almost died on his 17th birthday from a heart block incident, and was later told by the doctors that they didn't expect him to live past his 20's. By the time he was 34, the doctors told him he had beaten his heart troubles and that he should, "Go out and live." But things started to change in his early 40s and at age 45 he was diagnosed with end-stage heart failure caused by Idiopathic Cardiomyopathy. This had nothing to do with his previous heart troubles. In 2001, Steven had his first heart transplant at Columbia-Presbyterian. That heart lasted almost 15 years to the day, when he lost it to transplant coronary artery disease, a chronic form of rejection. Three years ago, he received his second heart transplant at Cedars Sinai, in California.

    The one constant that Steven credits with his still being alive is that, even at the age of five, and lasting to this day, he has been devising strategies that would keep him alive. Mr. Taibbi's arsenal of strategies included everything from disassociation, gratitude, being his own advocate, being as much a part of the team as his caregivers, how he would prepare for a hospitalization and what he would wear in the hospital, among others. But the most important arrow in his quiver of strategies was creating an environment so that doctors and nurses wanted to come into his room and help him. He accomplished this not just by being extraordinary polite, courteous and welcoming to all who came into his room, but he accompanied this with a large dose of humor. Everyone who came into his room—from the head of cardiology to housekeeping staff—got this treatment. In his upcoming talk, Steven Taibbi will offer a detailed discussion of how, to a large degree, he saved his own life with these behaviors, the specific types of humor he used, as well as what the responsibilities are for every patient to become "part of the team."

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      Vincent de Luise

    GRAND ROUNDS- Vincent de Luise, MD 
    "Slow Looking: Art and Observation in the Toolkit of Clinical Diagnosis Skills"

    Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    4:00pm- 5:30pm
    HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6  ( directions )
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    This presentation will discuss a set of strategies including "slow-looking" to analyze representational and non-representational ("modern") art. These strategies can then be tailored to help in framing clinical diagnoses. Dr. de Luise will then discuss his work curating a rubric of medical humanities education for medical schools, such as Yale and Cornell, which includes "slow looking," "musicking," narrative medicine, movement and dance, and mindfulness training. Finally, he will focus on eye disease in art (Ghirlandaio, Brueghel, Munch) and conclude with an examination of several famous artists (Euphronios, Titian, Goya, Degas, Monet, O'Keefe) who had eye conditions and how those conditions were not obstacles, but rather, opportunities for them to further their creative genius.

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    Lester Paldy

    GRAND ROUNDS- Lester Paldy 
    "The Nazi Doctors Trial and Informed Consent in Medical Research"

    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    4:15pm- 5:45pm
    HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6  ( directions )
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    The International Medical Tribunal conducted at Nuremberg in 1947 to try German doctors and medical staff accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity was a landmark in the development of ethical codes governing the involvement of human subjects in medical research. This illustrated lecture for general audiences examines the events leading to the trial and its outcome that shaped the development of current ethical research codes.

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      Matthew T. Lee

    GRAND ROUNDS- Matthew T. Lee, PhD
    "Addressing the Deep Roots of the Opioid Epidemic, Edgework, and Deaths of Despair"
    Monday, August 12, 2019
    4:00pm- 5:30pm
    HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6  ( directions )
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    A popular kid with a bright future steps in front of a fast-moving train, an out-of-work middle aged man being treated for chronic pain with opioids succumbs to overdose, a rock climber suffers a fatal fall after deciding not to use safety ropes. How are these seemingly unrelated deaths actually connected and what might be done to reduce their prevalence? Dr. Matthew Lee, Director of Empirical Research for the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, offers insights into the fundamental causes of these examples of self-injury mortality by drawing on findings from empirical research in dialog with deep wisdom from the humanities.

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    4th Annual Medical Ethics Symposium: Ethical Decision Making

    Medical, Cultural, Relgious and Ethical Conflicts Encompassing Brain Death when Paitents, Families and Healthcare Providers Disagree

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019
    8:30am- 4:00pm
    Medical and Research Translation (MART) Building Auditorium

    It is vital that healthcare providers in critical care are fully informed about the current definition of brain death and have the tools to discuss this with families.  When/if conflicts arise, such as family refusal of performing brain death protocol, or lack of acceptance of the concept of brain death, providers need to have the skills and knowledge to discuss these conflicts with the families in a culturally, religiously and ethically appropriate manner.  In general, physicians and others in healthcare under perform in end of life conversations.  Brain death, especially when due to a traumatic and sudden event, is a crucial time to have skills to navigate compassionate and emphatic discussion to assist families and other loved ones during this difficult time.  

    The goal of this symposium is to clarify the current definition of brain death.  Objectives also include the skills needed to respectfully handle requests for accommodations based on sincere beliefs while also managing the moral and ethical dilemmas that may arise in critical care providers of care for a patient who is declared brain dead. 

    Program Schedule
    Additional information can be found here


     

      Astonished Harvest Faculty

    GRAND ROUNDS- The Doctors Are In: Poetry Presentation  
    Drs. Maria Basile, Richard Bronson, and Jack Coulehan. Choreographed and Adapted for Presentation by Lauren Kaushansky.
    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    4:00pm- 5:30pm
    Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine, Room 067
    ( directions)
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    It is an unusual combination, Physician and Poet. Perhaps the poets and writers Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and William Carlos Williams sound familiar, but admittedly examples are few and far between, and women such as Danielle Ofri and Perri Klass are all newer additions to the list. For these reasons and many more, I am delighted to help choreograph and offer you, The Doctors Are In.

    The “Doctors” in this case are members of the Astonished Harvest Writers Group, Maria Basile, Richard Bronson, and Jack Coulehan. My life intersected with these wonderfully talented, intelligent, and robust, multi disciplined physicians mostly during discussions of Walt Whitman, whose 200 th birthday we will be celebrating this Spring. Walt, a man of integrity and compassion, also chose poetry as the art form best to express his celebration of every walk of life, from nature to work to the individual. He was a great observer of the human condition and spirit. Though not a doctor, Walt generously volunteered as a nurse during the Civil War, attending to the spirit and social needs of the wounded and injured.  

    No better segue exists to today’s Physician Poets, Drs. Basile, Bronson, and Coulehan, than to say they too have used their keen observations, compassionate spirits, and talent as wordsmiths to compose poems that capture the lives and experiences of those around them. Though many of the poems revolve around the practice of medicine, their work is more encompassing; their poetry reflects their richly dimensional lives.

    The word play interests us. Understandably, it is not often associated with doctors, but if you use the theatrical definition, our objective becomes clear. Ancient Greek theater was a means to reflect upon culture, exploring political, social and medical themes through comedy and drama.  Today’s presentation reflects our desire to bring the poetry of Drs. Basile, Bronson and Coulehan off the page, have it walk around the room amongst the audience, enrich its meaning with images and music, and make what we hope will be a memorable experience, one that widens your view of what can emerge from the minds of physician poets. Enjoy!

    Lauren Kaushansky

     

    Maria Basile, MD

    Dr. Maria Basile is a colorectal surgeon who recently left private practice to pursue interests in Healthcare Policy and Administration.  Dr. Basile is a Past President of the Suffolk County Medical Society and serves on the Council of the Medical Society of the State of NY.  She has spoken regionally and nationally on the topics of physician engagement, medical humanities, ethics, and practice transformation.  She is on the Core Faculty at Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics, where she teaches medical school and graduate-level courses in Literature and Medicine.  A physician-poet, she is author of Minimally Invasive: poems from a life in surgery.  Her poems have been published in Journal of the American Medical Association, Touch: the Journal of Healing, and anthologized with poetry and creative writing of physicians, surgeons, and other health care professionals.

     

    Richard Bronson, MD

    Richard Bronson, M.D. is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Bronson is a recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award of the Arnold Gold Foundation and the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Bronson is author of three collections of poetry and is on the Board of Trustees of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and the editorial board of The Pharos of AOA. A recipient of the Poem of the Year Award of the American College of Physicians and winner of the Institute for Medicine in Contemporary Society Prize, his poems have appeared in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Family Medicine Journal, The Pharos, and BMJ Humanities.

     

    Jack Coulehan, MD

    Jack Coulehan is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. His essays, poems and stories appear frequently in medical journals and literary magazines, and his work is widely anthologized. He is the author of six collections of poetry, including most recently The Wound Dresser (2016), which was a finalist for the Dorset Poetry Prize. His other books include two edited two anthologies of poems by physicians; Chekhov’s Doctors, a collection of Anton Chekhov’s medical tales; and an award-winning textbook The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice. Among Jack’s honors are the Humanities Award of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the Nicholas Davies Scholar Award of the American College of Physicians for lifetime contributions to the humanities in medicine.

     

    Lauren Kaushansky, MA

    Lauren Kaushansky teaches classes in education and drama, as well as history. Her love of theatre production and choreography allows her to infuse vitality and perspective into the performance of our Stony Brook physician poets.  Her passion for drama has guided her in travels around the world from Africa to Cambodia, introducing uplifting theatre in hospitals and schools for vulnerable children. A Distinguished Lecturer at Stony Brook University, she is regularly involved as a leader in the Renaissance School of Medicine education programs requiring theatrical production and design. 

     

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      Lisa Wong

    GRAND ROUNDS: Lisa Wong, MD  
    "The Healing Art of Music"
    Thursday, April 25, 2019
    4:00pm- 5:15pm
    HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6 ( directions)
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    Music the "universal language" has the power to connect people who share no other common ground. Its power to bring people together is intuitively understood, but only through recent advances in neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience have we been able to start moving beyond intuition to consider music's impact on the brain and potential to heal the individual and the community. Dr. Lisa Wong, a pediatrician and musician, invites you to deepen your relationship with music through the perspectives of neuroscientist, educator, musician, therapist, patient, and healthcare provider.

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    Mangione
    GRAND ROUNDS: Sal Mangione, MD  
    "The Art of Observation & the Observation of Art"
    Thursday, February 14, 2019
    5:00pm- 6:30pm
    HSC, Level 3, Lecture Hall 6 ( directions)
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    Astute observation is a right-brained skill and one that is highly desirable for a physician, since it’s not only essential for diagnosis but also for empathetic connection. Osler agreed. “The whole art of Medicine” he remarked “is in observation.” In fact, he saw “no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation.” Yet, this skill is not taught during medical school or residency, and in fact may even be hindered by a curriculum heavily skewed towards the sciences. The result is the missing of many important clues. As Holmes reminded Watson, “You see, but you do not observe.” Leonardo put it more bluntly: “There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see only when shown, and those who can’t see.” Hence, observing artworks might offer a simple but effective way to rekindle both the right brain and the power of observation, and thus in turn improve bedside detection of physical findings. It may even help the reading of faces, a fundamental skill for a physician. Lastly, art observation fosters visual-spatial thinking -- a fundamental aspect of innovation and creativity.

    Building on this premise we’ll present a series of cases that might: 1) Enhance participants’ interest in the arts; 2) Suggest how this might actually be beneficial for the practice of medicine; 3) Present pathognomonic physical findings; and 4) Foster “visual literacy,” i.e., the ability to find meaning in imagery, which in turn translates into the capacity to reason physiology and pathophysiology from visual clues -- a desirable skill for all physicians.

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  • 2018

    GRAND ROUNDS: Vincent deLuise          
    "With an Artistic Vision: Perception and the Arts"
    October 23, 2018
    4:30-5:45pm
    HSC, Lecture Hall 3  (directions)
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    What is the relationship between beauty, art, and the human experience? Is Homo sapiens neurologically “hard-wired" to perceive beauty? The field of neuroaesthetics is blossoming, with foundational principles that correlate Beauty and the Brain. Several fascinating sidebars at the intersection of perception and the arts will be explored. An overview of visual archetypes in the history of art will be followed by an examination of the artistic oeuvre of Monet, DeGas, van Gogh, El Greco, Goya and O'Keefe, positing the question: Is eye disease an obstacle, or is it an opportunity, for artists fully to manifest their genius?  Music is a foundational aspect of beauty and is an essential part of all cultures. What are the evolutionary adaptive mechanisms for it? Where does music go in the brain? How is music neurologically related to beauty and pleasure? What are the synesthesias?  What is the Mozart “effect”? Can music increase cognition? Can music heal? 

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    GRAND ROUNDS: Meghan MacLean Weir, MD          
    "The Book of Essie: The Role of Literature in Public Health"
    October 18, 2018
    5:00-6:15pm
    HSC Level 3, Room 152 (directions)
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    Anton Chekhov once famously described his dual role as physician and writer in a letter to a friend this way: “Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other.” Though few physician-writers will achieve the same degree of fame as the likes of Chekhov, William Carlos Williams, or Michael Crichton, the abundance of poets, essayists, and novelists in the field is hardly surprising. Medicine, after all, is essentially storytelling, and storytelling, at its most pure, can be healing. 

    Despite this, most physician-writers describe the two callings as separate, if complementary. But, just as primary care pediatricians now consider it part of their medical practice to blog about the importance of flu shots or publish regular newsletters to increase health literacy, so, too, should the physician-writer embrace their craft, in certain instances, as part of, rather than apart from, their practice of medicine. The Book of Essie was written with this goal in mind. The story raises issues I grappled with during each of my shifts in the Emergency Department and allowed me to reach an audience far larger than I could have within the hospital walls.

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    GRAND ROUNDS: Lester Paldy          
    "An Award to an Aerospace Physician, Medical Ethics, and National Security"
    September 13, 2018
    4:30-5:45pm
    HSC, Lecture Hall 1 (directions)
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    As World War II was ending in 1945, many German scientists, physicians, and engineers involved in the Nazi war effort fled west toward U.S. and allied forces to avoid what they believed would be severe retribution from the Soviets. Over the next few years as the Cold War intensified, U.S. Army intelligence organized a secret program known as Operation Paperclip to bring more than 1,600 of these scientists to the U.S. to work on space and military research projects. Operation Paperclip’s existence was closely held to avoid potential public protest.  One of the physicians Dr. Hubertus Strughold, MD, worked with the U.S. Air Force and NASA to develop manned spaceflight capabilities, became a U.S. citizen, and was honored by his American colleagues as the “Father of Space Medicine.” This talk examines the history of Strughold’s work during WW II in Germany and our own nation’s past willingness to overlook ethical violations in the name of national security. It reminds us of the potential for conflict, even today, between state power and the ethics of our professions and the need to remain on guard against the practice of medicine without conscience.

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    Devi photo
    GRAND ROUNDS: Dr. Gayatri Devi
              
    "The Spectrum of Hope"
    May 14, 2018
    4:15-5:45pm
    HSC, Lecture Hall 1 (directions)
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    Imagine finding a glimmer of good news in a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. And imagine how that would change the outlook of the 5 million Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, not to mention their families, loved ones, and caretakers. A neurologist who’s been specializing in dementia and memory loss for more than 20 years, Dr. Gayatri Devi rewrites the story of Alzheimer’s by defining it as a spectrum disorder—like autism, Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects different people differently. She encourages people who are worried about memory impairment to seek a diagnosis, because early treatment will enable doctors and caregivers to manage the disease more effectively through drugs and other therapies.

    Live Stream available on Echo360  here

    Related Article:  "Alzheimer’s Disease in Physicians — Assessing Professional Competence and Tempering Stigma" , New England Journal of Medicine


     

    Mangione
    GRAND ROUNDS : Dr. Salvatore Mangione

    "The Archetypes of Medicine: A Job Description for the 21 st Century"
     
    February 15, 2018
    Medicine is facing an identity crisis, one that might find resolution by revisiting a past rich in multifaceted individuals who transcended the strict definition of ‘doctor’, excelled in other fields of human endeavor, and showed us different ways of being physicians. This presentation will review twelve archetypes that have been part of the profession since its inception, but that, as of late, might have been forgotten. It will then focus on three archetypes: the physician as poet (John McCrae); the physician as humanist (William Osler); and the physician as philosopher (Rita Levi Montalcini). Our goal is to elicit discussion and introspection, with the premise that being a doctor ought to be something larger than being a mere technician. If our premise is accepted, then the next step would be to identify those personal traits that made those archetypes possible, so that we can start both recruiting for them and then nurturing them during training.

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  • 2017

    With an Artistic Vision: Further Inquiries into Perception, the Arts and Eye Disease
    Vincent de Luise, MD
    December 4, 2017

    Are humans “hard-wired” to perceive beauty? Are there foundational neurological underpinnings to aesthetics? The field of neuroaesthetics is blossoming, and this talk will explore some fascinating sidebars at the intersection of vision, perception and the arts.
    For more information click  here.


    Rediscovering Performance in Healing: What can we learn from Shamans and Medicine Men?
    Atay Citron, PhD
    November 8, 2017

    While the achievements of modern medical science are many, healing also involves confidence and trust in healers. The field of medical anthropology is replete with study of shamans and medicine men who engage in healing practices in indigenous cultures.
    For more information click  here.


    Human First! A Workshop Inspired by Medical Clowning
    Michael Christensen
    October 26, 2017

    Medical clowning is a therapeutic method aimed at helping children and adult patients through interactive humor, folly, and playful behavior. The skills of successful hospital clowns include the ability to rapidly read audiences and assess environments, to respond to subtle physical and emotional cues, to create genuine contact, to give patients, parents and staff the feeling that they are there specifically for them, to pay attention, in short, to be totally present.
    For more information click  here.



    Medical Clowning: An Introduction
    Atay Citron, PhD
    October 26, 2017

    Medical clowning is a therapeutic method aimed at helping children and adult patients through interactive humor, folly, and playful behavior. Since its inception as a profession in New York in 1986, medical clowning has become an intrinsic part of medical treatment in children’s hospitals and pediatric wards in the U.S. (including 12 East Coast hospitals, among them Yale- New Haven, Johns Hopkins, and Memorial Sloan Kettering), in the majority of hospitals in Europe, Australia and Israel, and is spreading throughout the world.
    For more information click  here.

  • 2016

    2016

    Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD
    Director of the Jefferson Longitudinal Study of Medical Education at Sidney Kimmel (formerly Jefferson) Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University

    Empathy in Health Professional Education: What Have We Learned and Where Do We Go from Here?
    Nov, 1 4:30-6:00 LH 1, details


    Pediatric Palliative Care and Bereavement Conference
    Keynote by Stephen Post
    May 25, 2016 details


    Astonished Harvest Poetry Collective
    Colloquium Presentation and Reading

    HSC Level 3 Room 155
    May 12, 12:00-1:00, details


    MD with Scholarly Concentration Research Presentations
    Presentations and Poster Session
    LH6 and HSC Galleria
    April 27, 2016 8:30-11:00AM


    Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP
    E. William Davis Jr., MD, Professor of Medical Ethics and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College

    Rights Come to Mind -- Grand Rounds and book signing
    April 26, details


    The Golden Rule and a Healthier, Happier Life
    Stephen Post

    Mind, Body and Spirit Day 2016, Wang Center
    April 16, 2016 details


    LiveOnNY presents: donation after cardiac death (DCD)
    Brian Papszycki

    Lecture Hall 5
    March 30th, 2016 details


    Lost In Translation: Navigating the Healthcare System with an Interpreter.
    Schwartz Rounds
    March 17, 2016 details

  • 2015

    2015

    Stephen Post: Consciousness, Mind and the Deeply Forgetful
    Keynote Presentation Indian Institute for Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India
    December, 2015 video

    When the Switch Flips: Managing Psychiatric Patients on a Medical Floor
    Schwartz Round
    November 17, 2015 details

    Stephen Post: It’s Good to be Good – How Helping Others Contributes to the Flourishing of Givers.
    TedxSBU talk
    November 6, 2015 video

    James H. Jones, PhD
    Alumni Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, University of Arkansas

    The Tuskeegee Syphilis Experiment: A Tragedy of Race and Medicine
    October 29, video

    James H. Jones, PhD
    Alumni Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, University of Arkansas

    The Agony of Hope: David Vetter, the Boy in the Bubble
    October 29, video

    Stephen Post: Who Benefits from Compassionate Care
    Spiritual Care Week Talk
    October 26, 2015. 11:00AM in Lobby Conference Rooms 1 and 2

    The Heart is Still Beating, How Can I Let Go
    Schwartz Round
    September 29, 2015 details

    Sal Mangione, MD
    Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency at Jefferson Medical Center

    NAZI Medicine, the Holocaust, and Problem of Collective Evil
    September 24, video

    Adolescents and Treatment Refusal: Who Rules the Roost?
    Schwartz Round
    July 31, 2015 details

    Person-centered medicine: Balancing the Welfare of Physicians and Patients
    Stephen Buetow, PhD University of Auckland

    Monthly Colloquium
    June 25, 2015 video

    Palliative Care Conference
    June 20th, 2015 details

  • 2014

    2014

    Annual Holiday Party/Open House
    December 15th, 2014 details

    Joshua Thompson, Phd
    Department of Philosophy, Saint John's University

    Hope and the Self
    October 30th, details

    Somatics and the Deeply Forgetful: a panel discussion
    Moderator-Stephen G. Post, PhD
    Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 1
    October 16th, 2:30 details

    Is Inequality Making us Sick? How the Distribution of Power, Wealth and Resources Shapes Opportunities for Health.
    Carla Keirns
    Lecture Hall 1
    October 1st, 4:30-5:30 details

    Vincent Deluise: With an Artistic Vision: Further Inqueries into Perception, the Arts and Eye Disease
    Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics Colloquium Series
    Department of Preventive Medicine, HSC Level 3, Room 066
    September 25, 12:00-1:00 details

    Aagje Swinnen: Healing Words: Critical Inquiry of Poetry Interventions in Dementia Care
    Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics Colloquium Series
    Department of Preventive Medicine, HSC Level 3, Room 066
    May 29, 12:00-1:00 details

    Aagje Swinnen: Healing Words: Critical Inquiry of Poetry Interventions in Dementia Care
    Presentation at Aging Today: Literature, Film, and Social Change conference
    The Humanities Institute
    May 2nd, 11 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. details

    Revisiting the Organ Shortage Problem:Allocating Scarce Resources/Utilizing New Resources
    Conference
    HSC Lecture Hall 1
    April 21, Noon-3:00 details

    The Prevention and Treatment of Cancer
    Educational Event
    The Wang Center
    March 22, 8:30 to 3:00 Details and free Registration

    Fixed
    Viewing and discussion
    The Wang Center
    5-8 PM, Feb 27th, 2014 Details

    Somatics and the Deeply Forgetful
    Panel discussion with Stephen Post and Lisa Starno-Paul
    The Humanities Institute
    February 19th, 2014 Details

  • 2013

    2013

    Center Open House/Holiday Party
    December 16th, 2013 details

    Stephen Post: Hope, Spirituality, and the Deeply Forgetful: Caregivers and Perspective
    The Spirituality of Hope and Healing: Seeking the Sacred in the Midst of Despair

    22nd Annual Psychotheraphy and Faith Conference
    November 15th, 2013 details here (large PDF)

    Stephen Post: Hope, Ethics and the Deeply Forgetful
    15th Annual Alzheimer’s Conference for Caregivers

    November 8th, 2013 12:45-2:00
    Registration required details

    Stephen Post: Home in Caring for the Deeply Forgetful: The Ethics of Enduring Selfhood
    14th Annual Alloway Lecture

    September 11th, 2013 4:00-5:30 details

    Compassion, Spirituality & Health
    Stephen Post

    Keynote Address
    Fifth National Conference on Spirtituality and Health
    Australia, details

    Poetry Reading: featuring members of Astonished Harvest
    Gallery North
    June 22, 2013 2:00-4:00 PM details

    Andrew Flescher: Addressing the Organ Shortage Crisis short of Legalizing the Sale of Organs
    Philosophy Department
    April 11, 2013

    Stephen Post: Charles Evans Annual Lecture on the Art and Science of Caregiving
    New York Alzheimer's Association
    April 10, 2013

    Maria Basile and Richard Bronson: Astonished Harvest faculty at the AMSA
    Sterling, Virginia
    February 1-3, 2013

  • 2012

    2012

    Nathaniel Comfort, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Institute for the History of Medicine
    History of Medicine Lecture
    "From Medical Eugenics to Genomic Medicine: The Relief of Suffering and the Self-Direction of Human Evolution."
    November 28 details

    Debate on the Affordable Healthcare Act with Andrew Flescher
    November 28

    Stephen Post: The Care of the Deeply Forgetful
    Westminster Cathedral WHO Plenary
    November 27, 2012

    Stephen Post: Ethics and Hope for the Deeply Forgetful: Dying, Dignity and Dementia
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Grand Rounds
    November 15, 2012

    Andrew Flescher: Rethinking the Insanity Defense
    Department of Psychiatry, Grand Rounds
    October 30th, 11:30am-12:30pm, HSC Lecture Hall 6

    Lisa Lavine Nagy, MD, Medical Director: Vineyard Personalized Medicine (Vineyard Haven, MA)
    History of Medicine Lecture
    What Really Causes Illness?: The role of Environmental Medicine in the Future of Health Care.
    October 18th, 4:00-5:00pm, HSC Lecture Hall 2 details

    Stephen Post: Hope, Ethics and the Deeply Forgetful
    University of California at Berkeley
    October 5th, 2012

    Stephen Post: Unlimited Love as Ultimate Reality: Is There Any Even Somewhat Plausible Rapprochement Between Mysticism and Physics
    Public Lecture at Columbia University Center for the Study of Science and Religion
    September 27, 2012

    Stephen Post: Sources of Hope and Continuing Self Identity: Finding Meaning in the Care of Those with Memory Loss
    Karl Kinanen Public Lecture
    April 19, 2012 details

    Commodification and Organ Donation
    Conference
    April 16, 2012 details

    John Coulehan-Bursting with Danger and Music
    Poetry Reading, Barnes & Nobles in Lake Grove
    April 12, 2012 (7:00PM)

    Festival of the Moving Body
    Conference
    March 9, 2012 details

    Partners in Quality and Patient Safety Day
    Conference
    March 7th details

  • 2011

    2011

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    December 5, 2011 details

    Stephen Post
    Keynote Lecture at Conference on Volunteerism and Social Responsibility
    November 5, 2011 details

    Andrew Flescher--Psychopathy and the New Manichean Challenge to Moral Agency
    Public Lecture at Hartford Seminary
    November 9, 2011 video

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    November 7, 2011 details

    Neuroscience of Compassion
    Conference
    September 16, 2011 details

    9-11 Ten
    Memorial Program
    May 5, 2011 details

    MD with Recognition Annual Research Day
    May 4, 2011 details

    Stephen Post--Hope in the Time of Loss: Psychological, Philosophical, and Clinical Perspectives
    Caregiver's Bereavement Conference
    May 4, 2011 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    May 2, 2011 details

    George Vaillant
    Psychiatry Grand Rounds
    April 26, 2011

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Slam
    April 11, 2011 details

    Thinking about Consent and Procurement in Organ Donation: Some Lingering Issues in the Areas of Ethics, The Law, and Public Perception
    Conference
    April 11, 2011 details

    Should Health Care Be a ”Right?“
    Invited Lecture
    April 7, 2011 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    April 4, 2011 details

    George Weisz, McGill University--Reinventing Chronic Disease in the 20th Century
    History of Medicine Lecture
    March 29, 2011 details

    Sorrel King talks about patient safety awareness
    Hospital Patient Safety Week
    March 9, 2011 details

    Carla Keirns--An Epidemic Resolved-Childhood Asthma, Urban Health and the Cycles of Public Policy
    New York Academy of Medicine Talk
    March 7, 2011

    David S. Jones, Massachusetts Institute of Technology--The Rise and Fall of Coronary Revascularization
    History of Medicine Lecture
    March 2, 2011 details

    Christian Warren, Brooklyn College--Home Sick: Three Stories from the History of Environmental Health
    History of Medicine Lecture
    February 15, 2011 details

  • 2010

    2010

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    February 14, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    January 10, 2010 details

    Amy Fairchild, Columbia University--Exodous of Public Health: What History Can Teach Us About the Future
    History of Medicine Lecture
    December 7, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    December 6, 2010 details

    Stephen Post--Creating a Medical Culture of Compassionate Care Enhancement
    Lecture
    November 30, 2010 details

    Center Open House
    Open House
    October 27, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    October 18, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    October 4, 2010 details

    Stephen Post--Hope as a Spiritual Dynamic: Different Religious Perspectives on the End of Life
    Presentation at IMANA-Hofstra Ethics Symposium “End of Life Issues: Ethical and Religious Perspectives”
    September 18, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    August 16, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    July 26, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest & AMSA
    Healer's Voices: A Spoken Word Program
    July 23, 2010 details

    Compassionate Care in the Hospital
    Music for hospital patients
    July 17, 2010

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    May 17, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Reading at the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket
    May 7, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    May 3, 2010 details

    Dana Lustbader--The Ethical Boundaries of Organ Donation
    Lecture
    April 26, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    April 26, 2010 details

    Jeremy Greene, Harvard--What's in a Name? Generic Drugs and the Persistence of the Brand
    History of Medicine Lecture
    April 20, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    April 19, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    April 12, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    April 5, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Reading at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
    March 28, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    March 22, 2010 details

    Andrew Flescher--The Hellish Descent to Heaven: Theodicy and Detachment in Jacob’s Ladder
    lecture, screening, and discussion
    March 9, 2010 details

    Naomi Rogers, Yale--Gender, History, and the Process of Forgetting: The Case of Sister Kenny
    History of Medicine Lecture
    March 9, 2010 details

    Religion and Medical Decision Making--Assisted Reproduction (John Coulehan)
    Lecture Series
    March 7, 2010

    Alice Cohen
    Book Reading--What I Thought I Knew
    March 1, 2010 details

    Dr. Tracey Revenson--Are close relationships good medicine for people coping with chronic illness?
    Colloquium
    March 1st 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workshop
    February 22, 2010 details

    Chloe Silverman, Penn State--Parents Speak: Autism and the Ethics of Treatment
    History of Medicine Lecture
    February 18, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    February 8, 2010 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    January 18, 2010 details

    Carla Keirns--Families, Chronic Disease and the Economic Crisis
    Lecture
    January 13, 2010 details

  • 2009

    2009

    Michael Dorn--Research Frontiers in the Geographies of Disability: Spatial History, Technology, and Citizenship
    Lecture
    December 9, 2009 details

    Barron Lerner, Columbia University--Technology and Truth: The Strange Case of Blood Alcohol Levels.
    History of Medicine Lecture
    December 9, 2009 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    December 7, 2009 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    November 16, 2009 details

    Stephen Post & Maria Basie--The Impact of Compassionate Care on Clinical Outcomes
    Mini Med School Presentation
    November 12, 2009 details

    Adrienne Asche--Disability and Bioethics: Can Controversies Be Resolved?
    Provost's Lecture Series
    November 3, 2009 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    November 2, 2009 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    October 26, 2009 details

    Stephen Post--The Benefits of Volunteer Service
    Lecture
    October 25, 2009 details

    Anne O'Byrne--Existential Angst in the Age of the Clone
    Lecture
    October 21, 2009 details

    Astonished Harvest
    Poetry Workship
    October 12, 2009 details

    Stephen Post--It's Good to be Good
    Academic Showcase
    October 3, 2009 details

    Andrew Flescher--Narrative Ethics
    Lecture September 23, 2009 details

    Andrew Flescher--Four Models of Moral Evil
    Lecture
    September 24, 2009 details

    Eric Cassell--Surviving Residency & the Doctor-Patient Relationship
    Two Lectures
    September 23, 2009 7:00am & 5:15pm details

    Astonished Harvest--Organizational Meeting
    Poetry Workshop
    September 22, 2009 details

    Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
    Exhibition & Reception
    April 6-June 12, 2009 details

    Helen Hughes Evans--"Are you a Doctor or a Lady: Thoughts on How Femininity and Feminism have Changed Medicine"
    History in Medicine Group Speaker
    March 25, 2009 details

  • 2008

    2008

    Stephen G. Post--"Anti-Aging as a Medical Goal: It's Historical Roots and Future Implications"
    History in Medicine Group Speaker
    December 10, 2008 details

    Ira Rezak--"A Projection of our Image: The Anatomy and Physicology of Medical Medals"
    History in Medicine Group Speaker
    September 10, 2008 details

    Lee R. Mandel--"Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Navy Medicine's Most Important Patient"
    History in Medicine Group Speaker
    June 4, 2008 details

    W. Bruce Fye--"William Olser Leaves Hopkins for Oxford: Physician Burnout a Century Ago"
    History in Medicine Group Speaker
    March 5, 2008 details