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Bioethicist Steven Miles to discuss end-of-life care, physicians and torture




Steven Miles, bioethicist, expert in end-of-life-care and a leading critic of physician participation in torture, will give a series of talks next week.

On Monday, Miles is the keynote speaker at the bioethics breakfast in the atrium at Union Graduate College. He will discuss "End-of-Life Decision-making: What the Data Tells Us."

At 7:30 p.m., he will discuss "Physicians and Torture" in the auditorium of the F.W. Olin Center.

At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Miles will lead a discussion on end-of-life care during the course, "Death and Dying" in Humanities 019. The course is taught by Robert Baker, the William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy and director of the Ethics Across the Curriculum Program.

All events are open to the campus community and public.

While on campus, Miles also will participate in lunch and dinner discussions with faculty and students.

Miles is professor of Medicine and Bioethics; Maas Family Endowed Chair in Bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. He has served as president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and received its Distinguished Service Award. Among his other awards is the National Council of Teachers of English’ George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language.

He is the author of four books and more than 200 medical articles on medical ethics, human rights, tropical medicine, end-of-life care and geriatric health care. His recent book, Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors (University of California Press, 2009) examines military medicine in the war on terror prisons.

His visit is sponsored by Ethics Across the Curriculum Program and a consortium of student organizations in cooperation with the Union Graduate College-Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Bioethics Program.