The Vann Center for Ethics at Davidson College welcomes Thaddeus Pope, Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, who will discuss “Withholding Food and Fluids in Cases of Advanced Dementia: An Ethical and Legal Choice?” This lecture is part of the Vann Center’s Ethics Forum series, and is cosponsored by the Pre-Law Society and the Health & Human Values Department at Davidson College, Compassion & Choices, and the Center for Professional and Practical Ethics at UNC Charlotte.
Thaddeus Pope uses the law both to improve medical decision-making and to protect patient rights at the end of life. His priorities are to balance liberty and public health, to assure adequate informed consent, and to develop fair internal dispute resolution mechanisms. Specific topics addressed in his publications include medical futility, advance directives, ethics committees, and brain death. He’s explored such issues in more than 125 publications in leading medical, law, nursing and bioethics journals. Professor Pope coauthored the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking, and he writes the Medical Futility Blog which has had nearly two million page views. Pope’s engagement with health law and bioethics also goes beyond academic scholarship: he bridges thought and action with amicus briefs, legislative testimony, and professional organization policy statements. He earned M.A., J.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Georgetown University.