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Understanding and Applying Medical Ethics: A Jewish Perspective

Lecture Series with Dr. Gary Schiller

This fall, we welcome Gary Schiller, M.D., F.A.C.P., a well-published clinical investigator in acute and chronic leukemias, hematologic malignancies, as well as in stem cell and bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Schiller will lead a three-session lecture series for medical professionals, clergy, spiritual care providers and all who are interested in better understanding the basics of medical ethics in a Jewish context.

The lectures will take place at 10am PT on three Wednesdays this fall — October 20th, October 27th and November 17th. This series is free and open to all. Registration is required.

Each session will cover a different focus:

Session 1 –  What is Medical Ethics?
The origin of ethical principles, and the Jewish perspective on those principles, the right to heal, the obligation to seek treatment, and the impact of individual decisions on culture. We will look at texts, biblical writings, and responses for answers.

Session 2 – What are the medical ethical challenges of our age?
What do Jewish writings have to say about the medical ethical questions of our times such as abortion, euthanasia, surrogacy, gene therapy, the right to end one’s life?

Session 3 – What happens when Medical Ethics go awry?
How did doctors function under dictatorship?  What is the legacy of the Doctors’ Trial, and the implications for clinical research, and distribution of medical care today.


About the Instructor

Gary Schiller, MD, FACP, is the Director of the Hematological Malignancy/Stem Cell Transplant Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, supervising 200 transplants per year in 2018 and 2019. He is immediate past Chair of the Faculty Executive Committee for the School of Medicine at UCLA. He is an author of over 190 publications and 350 abstracts and presented in more than 340 events. He has mentored residents, medical students, and fellows for more than 30 years. He also has extensive experience outside of medicine, with nonprofit institutions, having served on the Board of Trustees of Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and previously serving as Chairman of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

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Lecture Recordings

  • Session 1 (10/20/21)
  • Session 2 (10/27/21)
  • Session 3 (11/17/21)