JTS Sponsors a Panel Discussion on End of Life Issues and the New York Palliative Care Information Act

Press Contact: Eve Glasberg
Office: (212) 678-8089
Email: evglasberg@jtsa.edu

January 11, 2011, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) will sponsor a panel discussion on end-of-life issues and the controversy over the New York Palliative Care Information Act on January 25, 2011, at its campus at 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), in New York City. The event is being presented under the auspices of the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is free; however, reservations are required.

In August of 2010, the New York State Legislature passed, and Governor David Patterson signed into law, the New York Palliative Care Information Act—over the objections of the Medical Society of the State of New York. The new law requires physicians caring for terminally ill patients to offer them counseling about palliative care and the end-of-life options that are available to them. In order to avoid the charges of “death panels” that polluted the discourse about national health-care reform during the summer of 2008, JTS is holding this panel to discuss the issues we face as individuals and/or surrogate decision makers in end-of-life situations.

The panelists include:

Dr. Alan B. Astrow, division director of hematology and medical oncology, Maimonides Medical Center, New York
Dr. Gabrielle Goldberg, assistant professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
Rabbi Myrna Matsa, formerly a chaplain for the Calvary Hospice, New York, prior to becoming a pastoral- and trauma-care counselor for victims of Hurricane Katrina
Dr. Alan Mittleman, professor of Jewish Philosophy and director of the Tikvah Institute for Jewish Thought, JTS
Rabbi Leonard A. Sharzer, MD, associate director of the Louis Finkelstein Institute at JTS, responsible for bioethics programming, who will serve as moderator of the panel

Email publicevents@jtsa.edu or call (212) 280-6093 to make a reservation. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow sufficient time for registration, and have a photo ID available.

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