Monday, September 26, 2022
6 - 8:30 PM

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This program will describe the historical, ethical, and legal reasons behind parental authority to make decisions on behalf of their minor children, and situations where that authority may be limited.

Case studies will be presented regarding situations where decision-making for children is particularly difficult.  These will include cases in pediatric mental health treatment, vaccination over parental objection, and instances when parents appear to be incapacitated or neglectful.



Cailin O’Connor, PhD

Douglas S. Diekema MD, MPH

Dr. Diekema is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine with adjunct appointments in the Departments of Bioethics & Humanities and Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and the Department of Health Services in the School of Public Health.  He is also an attending physician in the emergency department at Seattle Children’s Hospital and serves as Director of Education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Douglas Sisti

Dominic Sisti, PhD

Dominic Sisti, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He directs the Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care and holds secondary appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, where he directs the ethics curriculum in the residency program, and the Department of Philosophy. Dr. Sisti examines ethical and policy challenges in mental health care, including long-term psychiatric care for individuals with serious mental illness and clinical ethics issues in correctional settings. Sisti's research also explores ethical issues in psychedelic research and clinical application.

Shawn Ulreich

Moderated by

James B. Fahner, M.D.
Dr. Fahner is a board-certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist. He earned his medical degree, completed his pediatric residency and pediatric hematology/oncology subspecialty fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is the Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics/Human Development at Michigan State University and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan.

Colloquy Principal Sponsors:

Major Sponsor:

Mercy Health


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