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SXSW 2017

Balancing Ethics and Innovation in Medicine

At some point in all of our lives, we are faced with heavy end-of-life decisions, and, oftentimes, we are left to make these decisions for our loved ones as well without advanced directives. In an increasingly innovative field, these decisions are no longer black and white. As advances in medicine continue to push boundaries, where do we draw the line in protecting our human values? After a life-changing diagnosis, how do we strike the delicate balance between our ethics and advancing medicine? This panel will cover broad ethical concepts that arise in living donor transplantation, palliative care and advancing treatment options within the boundaries we hold dear.

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  1. What are the impending ethical challenges we face in the next 5-10 years? How will our future care be impacted by the aging baby boomer generation?
  2. In living donation, how do we weigh the risk to living donors with the benefit to organ recipients?
  3. Where do we draw the line between innovation and ethical end-of-life decisions? Where do we turn for guidance?



Julie Smith, Dir of Media Relations, Baylor Scott & White Health

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