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King Lecture to focus on dealing with conflicts over care

Robert Arnold, a palliative-care expert at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss what clinicians can do when conflicts crop up over what constitutes appropriate care.

Robert Arnold

Patient-communication and palliative-care expert Robert Arnold, MD, will deliver the 26th annual Jonathan J. King Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge.

Arnold’s lecture, titled “Dealing With Conflict Over ‘Appropriate Care’: How Can Clinicians Do Better,” is free and open to the public.

The Leo H. Creip Chair of Patient Care and a professor of internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Arnold conducts research and develops curricula on improving how doctors communicate with patients who have life-limiting illnesses, and also examines how medical-ethics principles are incorporated into clinical practice. He serves as medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Palliative and Supportive Institute and is clinically active in palliative care.

The endowed lectureship was established in 1991 to bring attention to the importance of compassionate and humane care for all patients. It honors Jonathan King, who earned a master’s degree and PhD in computer science at Stanford and who became an advocate for patients’ rights after his diagnosis of cancer in 1989.

The Center for Biomedical Ethics organizes the annual event.

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