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19th Annual Waggoner Lecture

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sharon P. Douglas, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pulmonologist
University of Mississippi Medical Center

End of Life Discussions – How to Have Them

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Ford Auditorium, UH

Sharon P. Douglas


Sharon P. Douglas, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Dean for Veterans Administration Education at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, will give the 2014 Raymond W. Waggoner, MD, Lecture on Ethics & Values in Medicine, sponsored by the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Wednesday, October 29, 2014, at 4:00 PM in the Ford Auditorium, second floor, at the University of Michigan Hospital.

Dr. Douglas’ talk is entitled “End of Life Discussions, What, How and When?.” End of life care has become increasingly important and the doctor plays a leadership role in advance planning. The skillful understanding physician and his staff and aides provide a discussion format which includes the dying patient, the family and the doctor. Dr. Douglas will confront some of the difficult issues physicians and other caregivers face when meeting with a dying patient and his family. She will offer tools for initiating conversations about dying and will then provide communication techniques to use at critical points in the conversation. The conversation that no one wants to have will become more heartfelt and helpful through Dr. Douglas’ teachings.

Dr. Douglas has recently served and just completed her term as the Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. This council essentially sets the nation’s professional ethical standards on behalf of American medicine.

“Dr. Douglas has her fingers on the pulse of American medicine,” said Philip M. Margolis, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, at the University of Michigan and Chair of the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship. “Dr. Douglas is exquisitely equipped for this role – accomplished, trained and empathic.”

Dr. Douglas is the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Ethics and a Staff Pulmonologist at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Douglas is certified in Healthcare Ethics, and as certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor. She has served as an AMA Educator for Physicians on End-of-life Care.

A member of the Mississippi State Medical Association's Judicial Council, Dr. Douglas' involvement in shaping policies that further ethics within clinical care is demonstrated by local, regional, and national service. A member of the Veterans Health Administration National Ethics Committee, Dr. Douglas is a former Chair of the UMMC Ethics Committee.

Three times chosen by UMMC School of Medicine students as an All-Star Teacher (2000, 2002, 2005), Dr. Douglas has received the Golden Apple Award, the American Medical Student Association Award (2000), selection as Keynote Speaker for both the Long Coat and White Coat ceremonies, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Teacher of the Year Award (2010).

In 1996, The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan established the Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine. This lectureship was created in honor of the late Dr. Waggoner, emeritus professor and past chairman of the department of psychiatry, who throughout his career and to all who knew him has exemplified the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

The talk is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:

Philip M. Margolis, MD, Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan


Sandra S. Glover, Administrative Assistant Senior
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan