The theme for the 2018 Bioethics Symposium is "Follow the Money: Ethical Dilemmas in High-Cost Medicine."

Admission is free and the event is open to the public. The symposium is presented by the Department of Medical History and Bioethics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. 

Event details

  • Date: March 8, 2018
  • Time: 1-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), Room 1306
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1-1:10 p.m.

Welcoming remarks
Robert N. Golden, MD, dean, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

1:10-1:20 p.m.

Essay contest winners and introduction of speakers
Paul Kelleher, PhD, associate professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, UW-Madison

1:20-1:40 p.m.

Can We Pay Our Doctors Less? Should We?
Dean Baker, PhD

1:40 p.m.

Do Doctors Get Paid Too Much?
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD

2-2:10 p.m.

Topic Q&A

2:10-2:15 p.m.

Speaker introductions

2:15-2:35 p.m.

Price Transparency and Vulnerable Populations
Alyna T. Chien, MD, MS

2:35-2:55 p.m.

Can We Afford Avoiding the Cost Discussion in Clinic?
Yousuf Zafar, MD

2:55-3:05 p.m.

Topic Q&A

3:05-3:20 p.m.


3:20-3:25 p.m.

Speaker introduction

3:25-3:55 p.m.

Keynote address: How Should We Navigate the Profit in Non-profit?
Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD

3:55-4:15 p.m.

Topic Q&A

4:15-4:25 pm

Introduction to panel discussion

4:25-5:05 p.m.

Panel discussion: How will We Manage Conflicting Duties and Obligations Created by the High Price of Spinraza?
Mary Schroth, MD; Meg Gaines, JD; Peter Newcomer, MD; David Vanness, PhD

5:05-5:25 p.m.

Topic Q&A

5:25-5:30 p.m.

Closing remarks
Gretchen Schwarze, MD

Symposium presenters

Panel discussion