Palliative care: Shedding light on euthanasia


Award-winning researcher Kathleen M. Foley, MD, to present the 13th Annual Sandra Goldberg Lecture

The ethics of euthanasia continue to be debated in Parliament, the National Assembly, in the media and around dinner tables everywhere. It is one of the most difficult issues with which a society must deal. Who better to shed light on this difficult question than one who has dedicated her career to transforming the culture of dying - through research, pioneering treatment and care for patients with life-limiting and terminal illnesses?

WHAT: Palliative Care: Shedding Light on Euthanasia

WHO: Kathleen M. Foley, MD, Attending Neurologist in the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Clinical Pharmacology           at Weill Medical College of Cornell University; Medical Director at the International Palliative Care Network Public Health Program at the Open Society Institute.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 4, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: McGill University, Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke St. W.

Dr. Foley has received numerous awards and honours for her work and is a member of more than 30 medical and scientific societies, including the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine, the American Academy of Neurology, the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Society of Clinical Oncology Panel on Cancer Care at the End of Life.

As an expert consultant to the World Health Organization's Cancer and Palliative Care Unit and as past director of a WHO Collaborating Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Foley chaired three expert committees resulting in the publication of three WHO Monographs: Cancer Pain Relief (1986), Cancer Pain Relief and Palliative Care (1990) and Cancer Pain and Palliative Care in Children (1996).

The Sandra Goldberg Lecture will be presented in English and simultaneous French translation will be available.

This lecture is being presented by The Council on Palliative Care with support from The Goldberg Family, The Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee and McGill University.

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