Has the response to the Ebola outbreak thus far met ethical standards? As the crisis deepens, what is an ethically appropriate plan for addressing the needs of patients, caregivers, and those at risk if the virus spreads?
As the Ebola epidemic continues to worsen, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is dedicating its first bioethics seminar of the 2014-2015 academic year to the complex issues with a panel of experts on bioethics, epidemiology, and health systems. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 8, in the Chevy Chase Conference Center of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sheik Zayed Tower, Room 2117, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The discussion will also be live-streamed on the Johns Hopkins Ustream channel.
The panelists are Tim Roberton, a fourth-year doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who travelled to Guinea in July as a Red Cross consultant and observed the crisis response first-hand; Nancy Kass, the deputy director for Bioethics and Public Health at the Berman Institute and professor at the Bloomberg School, who has spoken out on the ethical issues of the outbreak and the path forward, including an opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine and an appearance on MSNBC; and Trish Perl, Senior Epidemiologist, Johns Hopkins Health System, who has also written in Annals and spoken with media on protecting health care workers from Ebola and steps for managing the virus' spread.
The panelists will address the issues facing the public health community and will field questions from the audience. Lunch will be provided at the seminar on a first come, first served basis.