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The Conference on Judaism & Contemporary Medicine...
Sunday, May 15th, 2005

7:30 am Registration Opens

8:00–9:00 am Breakfast

Breakfast Session:
Physician Burnout in the Managed Care Era–Video Presentation
Rabbi Abraham Twerski,MD–Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

9:00–10:45 am Plenary Session One

Topic: Stem Cell Research
Review of science and medical application of stem cell research
Apply Jewish philosophy and law to address ethical concerns

Miriam Feuerman, PhD–Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, SUNY Downstate
Howard Zucker,MD, PhD–Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Science Technology and Medicine–U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rabbi Yizchok Breitowitz, JD–Professor of Law, University of Maryland

11:00am–12:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions

1. Gender Selection through IVF
Review the science and medical application of IVF to gender selection.
Learn fundamentals of Jewish law and philosophy to address ethical concerns

Adena K. Berkowitz, JD, DHL
Susan Lobel,MD–Director of the In Vitro Fertilization Program at the Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Rabbi Yaakov Feitman–Congregation Beis Yehuda Zvi, Cedarhurst, NY

2. Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Review of science and medicine associated with healthy life style choices including exercise, preventing cardiovascular disease, obesity and smoking
Learn basic fundamentals in Jewish tradition regarding preventive medicine and the obligations of the individual patient to maintain health versus the obligation of society to care for such patients

Michael J.Akerman,MD–Associate Professor of Medicine–SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Alfred Soffer,MD–Professor of Cardiology, Chicago Medical School; Former Director,American College of Chest Physicians; Physician in Charge, FBI Midwest Center
Jason Lazar,MD–Professor and Director of Non-Invasive Cardiology–SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Velvl Greene, PhD–Carlin Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Epidemiology at Ben Gurion University Medical School
Rabbi J Immanuel Schochet, PhD– Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Humber College,Toronto

3. Nuclear Biological and Chemical Terrorism
Review of politics, science and medicine associated with individual and community health protection and triage
Learn ethical fundamentals in Jewish tradition used to address these issues

Angelo Aquista,MD–former Medical Director, of the NYC Office of Emergency Management and author of “The Survival Guide–What To Do in a Biological, Chemical, or Nuclear Emergency”
Sam Benson, Director of Health & Medical Preparedness, NY City Office of Emergency & Management
Avraham Steinberg,MD–Professor and Director of The Center for Medical Ethics at Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem

4. Sexuality and Judaism
Review of practice of marital therapy and the use of medications for enhancing sexual performance
Learn ethical fundamentals in Jewish tradition regarding sexuality

Steven Friedman, PhD–Professor of Psychology, SUNY Downstate
Rabbi Avraham Blumenkrantz– Author of “Gefen Poriah” (Book on Marital Relationships)

12:30–2:30 pm
Luncheon Program Chair –Velvl Greene, PhD
Welcome–Moshe Akerman,MD
Remarks–Robert Jacobs,MD
Tribute to Honoree, Rabbi Moshe D.Tendler, PhD–Fred Rosner,MD

Keynote Speaker–Our Honoree “Jewish Law in a Changing World” Rabbi Moshe D.Tendler, PhD

Award Presentation to
Rabbi Moshe D.Tendler, PhD

2:45–4:30 pm Plenary Session 2

Faith and Recovery
Overview of the scientific evidence regarding prayer, faith and coherent religious practice on positive health outcome
Review sources in Jewish law and Kaballah regarding prayer, faith and good health

Bernie S. Siegel,MD–Founder of EcaP, Exceptional Cancer Patients and author of “Love, Medicine and Miracles” and “How to Live Between Office Visits”
Richard Sloan, PhD–Professor of Behavioral Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Rabbi J Immanuel Schochet–Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Humber College, Toronto

Coffee Break

4:30–6:30 pm
Concurrent Sessions

1.Transplantation Issues
Review of politics, business, science and medicine associated with transplantation Learn ethical fundamentals in Jewish tradition Speakers:
Eli Friedman,MD–Distinguished Teaching Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Renal Disease–SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Amy Friedman,MD–Associate Professor of Surgery and Co-Director of Division of Transplantation–Yale University School of Medicine
Avraham Steinberg,MD–Professor and Director of The Center for Medical Ethics at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem

2. Physician Malpractice Issues
Present an overview of American law regarding alleged physician malpractice, negligence, and mal outcome Learn fundamental definitions in Jewish tradition of physician malpractice and the Jewish legal approach to addressing physician malpractice

NY State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn)
NY State Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried (D-Manhattan) Chair of the Health Committee, NYS Assembly
Rabbi Yizchok Irving Breitowitz, JD– Professor of Law, University of Maryland

3. Caring for the Uninsured
Review of medical insurance coverage and provision of health care utilization and services in the United States Jewish legal and philosophical approach to communal responsibility and provision of medical care

Robert Jacobs,MD–CEO and Senior Vice President, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Rabbi Richard Weiss,MD–Rabbi,West Side Jewish Center, NY, NY

4. End of Life Issues
Discussion of the issues raised by the case of Terri Schiavo
The Jewish legal and philosophic approach to these issues

Judith C.Aronheim,MD–Chief, Division of Geriatrics,Visiting Professor of Medicine– SUNY Downstate Medical Center

5. Medical Student Open Forum
Discussion of ethical conflicts faced by Medical Students
Options for resolution in Jewish Law and Philosophy

Yitzhak Kupfer,MD–Director of Pulmonary Fellowship, Research and MICU at the Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
Velvl Greene, PhD–Former Director, Lord Jacobovitz Center for Jewish Medical Ethics at Ben Gurion University Medical School, Beer Sheva, Israel

Disclaimer Statement
SUNY Downstate and its affiliates are committed to providing educational activities that are objective, balanced and as free of bias as possible.All participating faculty are expected to disclose to the audience, verbally or in writing, any commercial relationships that might be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations, i.e. with companies whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation; or products in the research and development phase

CME Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center and The National Association of Judaism and Medicine (NAJM). SUNY Downstate Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. SUNY Downstate Medical Center designates this continuing medical education activity for a maximum of 9.5 hours of category 1 credit toward the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award (AMA/PRA). Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. CME Certificate


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Michael Akerman, MD, Chairman, Conference on Judaism and Medicine
c/o SUNY-Downstate Medical Center
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 19
Brooklyn, New York 11203

Telephone 917-760-2770




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