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March 18, 2008

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – The ethical implications of treatment options for patients experiencing end-of-life suffering will be addressed by bioethicist Dr. Daniel Sulmasy as he presents “The Ethics of Terminal Sedation” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

The event is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership’s Spring Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Dr. Sulmasy is a Franciscan Friar who holds the Sisters of Charity Chair in Ethics at St. Vincent’s Hospital–Manhattan and serves as professor of medicine and the director of the Bioethics Institute of New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. He earned a medical degree from Cornell University and completed his residency, chief residency, and post-doctoral fellowship in general internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He also received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University. He was appointed to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by New York Governor George Pataki in 2005.

He serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics and is the author of four books: The Healer’s Calling, Methods in Medical Ethics, The Rebirth of the Clinic, and A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts. His numerous articles have appeared in medical, philosophical, and theological journals and he has lectured widely both in the U.S. and abroad.

The event is co-sponsored by Franciscan Skemp Healthcare and the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University.

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