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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


Dr. Douglas has recently served and just completed her term as the Chair of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.  This council essentially sets the nations professional ethical standards on behalf of American medicine!

Sharon P. Douglas, MD, Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Veterans Administration Education at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, is the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Ethics and a Staff Pulmonologist at the G.V.(Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center.

Board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine, a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), Dr. Douglas earned certification in Healthcare Ethics from the University of Washington in 1998, is a certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor, has served as an AMA Educator for Physicians on End-of-life Care trainer, and was formerly an instructor for the Institute of Healthcare Communication.

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, Peer Review Committee, and CPR Committee, Dr. Douglas is a former Chair of the UMMC Ethics Committee and the VA Executive Committee of the Medical Staff. She worked with Mississippi Advance Directives on important policies related to end-of-life care  and decision making. The Veterans Administration has recognized Dr. Douglas' work with a number of Medical Center Special Contribution awards, the 1998 Chief of Staff Award, a 2005 VA Secretary’s Hero Award for her work in the aftermath of hurricanes, and the 2009 William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in VHA Healthcare Ethics.

In addition to longstanding policy contributions, Dr. Douglas  helps medical students, residents, and pulmonary fellows probe informed consent, cultural proficiency, communicating difficult findings, end-of-life care, and health care professionalism, writes questions addressing these topics for the USMLE Step 1 Introduction to Clinical Medicine exam, and serves as faculty sponsor for Literati Medicus, a book club for 3rd and 4th year medical students.

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).

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