34th Annual Jonathan J. King Lecture

We are delighted to announce our upcoming free 34th Annual Jonathan J. King Lecture. This event will occur on Tuesday, October 8th, at 5:30 PM PDT. It will feature the topic, "The AI Touch: Harnessing AI to Enrich Patient Care," by Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD, MPH

This presentation will explore the integration of emerging AI into healthcare to provide personalized, empathetic care. We will highlight current and future AI prospects and how healthcare professionals can effectively collaborate with AI while maintaining a patient-centered approach.

The Jonathan J. King Lectureship was established in 1991 to promote compassionate and humane patient care. Stanford Medicine is committed to advancing patient treatment and the art of caregiving.


Yaa A Kumah-Crystal
The AI Touch: Harnessing AI to Enrich Patient Care
Tuesday, October 8, 2024, 5:30pm PDT

Registration here:

Virtual registration.

In-person registration. There will be a cocktail & hors d’oeuvres reception following the lecture. Please note the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics is co-sponsoring the reception with the Division of Quality of Life and Pediatric Palliative Care.

If you require any disability-related accommodations or need access information, we are here to assist you. Kindly email us at kinglecture@stanford.edu with your requestTo ensure that we can accommodate your needs, we kindly request that all accommodation requests be submitted by September 7th, 2024.

The Vision of Jonathan J. King

Three weeks before his death, Jonathan King defined the key messages he wished to bring to the attention of the medical community through these lectures.

  • The patient is your client and should be treated with respect. Seek out and give full weight to your patient’s suggestions and opinions on treatments. Never, ever treat your patient as an object or as a second class citizen.
  • Empathize. Put yourself in your patient’s shoes as much as you can, recognizing that a fatal or harsh diagnosis separates the patient from “ordinary” people.
  • Foster the patient’s feelings of control and hope, however small they appear scientifically.
  • Base this on a foundation of honesty. In other words, tell the whole truth from the start, but don’t fear or disparage your patient’s drive for alternatives; help assure they are sensible.
  • Help and urge the patient to build a support system. Urge the patient to bring a companion to office visits and other important events.
  • Encourage the patient to consult other sources of information (including other doctors) and always make medical records available.
  • Expect patients with a poor prognosis to alternate between “frantic” search for solutions followed by calm commitment to a plan. Be patient when your patient is frantic.
  • Make every extra positive gesture. They boost morale enormously and ease the feeling of being alone. Thoughtless comments rankle, and are likewise magnified.
  • Make physical surroundings and institutional arrangements — lighting, food, etc. — as pleasant as possible.
  • Support efforts to speed up attempts to apply promising but unproven treatments for patients with a fatal diagnosis.

Jonathan King Videos:



Full Version: Jonathan King Ethics Class

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Past King Lectures