Cross Cultural Perspectives On Decision Making In Medicine And Surgery

All day
Through March 15, 2017
University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

Mar. 14


Mar 14: 15:00 - 19:00
Mar 15: 15:00 - 19:15

Conference Sponsors:

  • University of Chicago Transplant Center
  • MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
  • Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence

Conference Objective:

Using an interactive case-based format, we will explore the concept of “shared decision making” outside of the Anglo-American medical contexts, such as the decisions made on behalf of neonates and for elderly patients.


  • Mark Siegler, MD
  • Peter Angelos, MD, PhD
  • J. Michael Millis, MD
  • Phillip Beh, MBBS

Guest Speakers:

  • Bernard Lo, MD, President & CEO The Greenwall Foundation, Professor of Medicine Emeritus, Director Emeritus, Program in Medical Ethics, University of California San Francisco
  • Gilberto Ka-Kit Leung, MBBS, Assistant Dean & Clinical Associate Professor, Honorary Consultant Neurosurgeon, Director of Centre of Education and Training, Department of Surgery, Director of Trauma Service, Queen May Hospital, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
  • Kenneth KY Wong, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Paediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong
  • Paul Burcher, MD, PhD, Program Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Associate Professor of Bioethics and OB/Gyn, Associate Director of Alden March Bioethics Institute, Obstetrics and Gynecology Albany Medical College
  • Ruiping Fan, PhD, Chair Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy , Department of Public Policy, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong

The following topics will be discussed:

  1. Cross-cultural Views on Difficult Decisions Near the End of Life
  2. Are Ethical Constructs Ready for the Advances in Neuroscience?
  3. From Deep Brain Stimulation to Head Transplantation
  4. Western Concepts of Informed Consent
  5. Informed Consent: A Chinese Perspective
  6. Cesarean Section on Maternal Request: Did We Let Concerns for Autonomy Get Ahead of Safety?
  7. Ethics and Dilemma in Neonates with Necrotizing Enterocolitis: How Short is Too Short?
  8. The Role of the Surrogate in Surgical Decision Making
  9. Decision Making in the Last Several Decades in Hong Kong

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