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Health Care & Human Rights: A World in Need

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An Interactive Symposium Presented by Weill Cornell Medical College and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church

Weill Cornell Medical College physicians and students present an interactive seminar exploring the questions of physician responsibility and medical ethics in a global community, with an emphasis on the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

Andrey V. Pirogov, Assistant Director-General Executive Director of the WHO Office at the UN
Antonio M. Gotto Jr., M.D., D.Phil., Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College
Joseph J. Fins, M.D., F.A.C.P., Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College

Saturday, February 2, 2008

9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. (1-hour lunch break)

Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
7 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019

Poverty has been called the world's biggest health problem. Because 60 percent of the global population receives less than 6 percent of the world’s income, residents of poor countries cannot afford basic healthcare, including medicines for diseases that are preventable, treatable or curable. Poverty and disease also erode political stability, leading to violent conflict in which political imprisonment, torture and extra-judicial killing occur.

What is the role of doctors, who have the privilege of serving society, in response to such problems?

This interactive workshop, moderated by Dr. Antonio M. Gotto Jr., dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, and Dr. Joseph J. Fins, chief of Weill Cornell's Division of Medical Ethics, will explore questions of physician responsibility and medical ethics, with emphasis on the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas.

You will be able to discuss these and other pressing issues with Dr. Gotto, Dr. Fins, and a panel of Weill Cornell physician-experts, including Dr. Holly Atkinson (Immediate Past President, Physicians for Human Rights), Dr. Oliver Fein (access to health care for vulnerable populations), Dr. Daniel Fitzgerald (AIDS research in Haiti), Rev. Dr. Peter Le Jacq (the role of faith-based groups), Dr. Estomih Mtui (poverty and disease in sub-Saharan Africa), Dr. Pablo Rodriguez del Pozo (cross-cultural bioethics and justice in clinical research), and Dr. Carol Storey-Johnson (medical education for the 21st century). Handouts will be provided.

***The Symposium Is Open to All***

Lezlie Greenberg

Weill Cornell Medicine
Office of External Affairs
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Box 314
New York, NY 10065 Phone: (646) 962-9564