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OSU, Columbus—PANEL: Are the Tenets of Social Justice Compatible with the Ethical Requirements of the Patient-Doctor Relationship?

March 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


All are welcome to join us at this free panel discussion of the relationship between the tenets of social justice and their impact on the patient-doctor relationship. This event will be held on OSU’s campus in Meiling Hall #160, is free to the public and greater student body.

A light reception will be held from 5:30 – 6:00 pm outside the auditorium. Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to ensure enough food for all.

Is the cultural trend toward social justice beneficial or toxic to the patient-doctor relationship?

A panel discussion is not a debate. The purpose of the evening is not to create winners and losers—but to deepen everyone’s understanding of today’s pressing healthcare issues. Too often in healthcare discussions, terms are used without clarity, or without really thinking through the possible downsides of what is being proposed. By investigating various view points we can best sort out the strength and weaknesses of various options, and come to our own conclusions about what best serves the patient-doctor relationship.

Representing that the tenets of social justice are compatible with the ethical requirements of the patient-doctor relationship:

Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Health Policy in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Dublin, Ohio, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University (at Nationwide Children’s Hospital), and Assistant Director of the Health Policy Fellowship, a certificate program of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. His areas of expertise include health care politics and policy; the politics of medicine and disease; hospital-community relations; and health care for vulnerable and underserved populations.

Dr. Francis Blais is an infectious disease specialist in Columbus, Ohio. He received his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.



Representing that the tenets of social justice are not compatible with the ethical requirements of the patient-doctor relationship:

Dr. Ryan Nash, MD, MA, FACP, FAAHPM, is the Director of The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Director, Division of Biomedical Education and Anatomy. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine and holds the Hagop Mekhjian, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics and Professionalism at the College of Medicine. In addition to practicing Palliative Medicine, Dr. Nash is a Clinical Bioethics consultant and Healthcare Ethics Advisor for the OSU Medical Center. He has published one book, three book chapters, and several essays related to bioethics and has presented numerous scientific papers and invited lectures at national and international meetings. In addition, Dr. Nash currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Robert R. Emmons, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist / Neurologist – Clinical Neurophysiology practicing in Burlington, VT. Dr. Emmons graduated Summa Cum Laude, Luther College and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is affiliated with the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), and founder and Staff Psychiatrist of the Franciscan Free Psychiatric Clinic in Vermont.


Moderator: C. Alex Grieco is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Education and Anatomy and an Assistant Professor of Radiology within the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He works in the Office of Medical Education and Student Life, and serves as Special Assistant to the Vice Dean of Education. Alex directs the Radiology Medical Student Program at OSU, and is a part of the leadership team for the Clinical Applications component of the Lead-Serve-Inspire Medical Curriculum.



March 9, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Morgan Kohls
(5133) /14-7697


OSU Meiling Hall Room 160
370 W 9th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
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