Member Activities

A number of events and networking activities are in the works for 2021–22. Watch for details as we grow.

The Endocrine Ethics Association
Inaugural Fall Conference (Virtual)

Saturday September 18, 2021

Download the conference videos > Part 1/2, 3.7GB | Part 2/2, 207MB


8:00-9:15: AM: Welcome and Keynote Plenary Lecture

Speaker: Christopher J. Rutty, Ph.D., Professional Medical and Public Health Historian; Adjunct Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
“100 Years of Insulin – and a Century of Ethical Issues” 


9:30-10:45: Panel on Ethical Issues in Diabetes and Obesity
Panel Chair: Gitanjali Srivastava, MD, FACP, FAAP, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics & Surgery, Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Director; Clinical Obesity Medicine and Co-Director, Vanderbilt Medical and Surgical Weight Loss Center

Nasreen Alfaris, MD, MPH, Program Director of the Obesity Medicine Fellowship, Obesity, Endocrine, and Metabolism Center (OEMC), King Fahad Medical City (KFMC); Chair of the International Federation for Surgery for Obesity (IFSO), MENAC Integrated Health Section.

Caroline Buchanan, Ph.D., HEC-C., Assistant Professor and Clinical Ethicist, Program for Bioethics, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Kentucky. 

“The Stigma and Bias of Dia-besity from an International and National Perspective.” Drs. Srivastava and Alfaris.

“Type 1 Diabetes: Can Adolescents Refuse Insulin?” Dr. Buchanan


 11:00-12:15: Ask the Bioethicist: “Informed consent and Controversy over Radioactive Iodine in Thyroid Cancer”. 
Kayhan Parsi, JD, Ph.D., Professor, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics . Dr. Parsi will address Endocrine Ethics Association Board Members’ ethical questions and concerns about informed consent for the beneficent option of radioactive iodine in diagnostic scanning, remnant ablation and therapy in thyroid cancer. 


12:30-1:45: Panel on Ethical Issues in Endocrine Surgery
Panel Chair: Megan Applewhite, MD, MA, FACS, Associate Professor, Department of Surgery (Endocrine Surgeon) and Director, Alden March Bioethics Institute, Albany, NY. 

Karen Devon MD, FRCS, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto

Benjamin C. James, MD, MS, FACS , Chief, Section of Endocrine Surgery, Martin and Diane Trust Career Development Chair in Surgery, Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

“How do we define progress in endocrine surgery?” Dr. Devon

 “Early adaptation of transoral thyroidectomy: Challenges of ‘Informed’ Consent”. Dr. James

 “Is active surveillance for small thyroid cancers a legitimate alternative to surgery that all surgeons should offer?” Dr. Applewhite


2:00-3:30: Panel on Ethical Issues in Reproductive Endocrinology and Transgender Medicine
Panel Chair: Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD., Director, Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities and Harris L. Kempner Chair in the Humanities in Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Cassandra Brady, M.D, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Ian M. Burr Division of Pediatric Endocrinology And Diabetes, Department of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Alyssa Newman, Ph.D., Hecht-Levi Fellow, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute for Bioethics

“Reproductive Technologies for Transgender and Nonbinary Individuals” Dr. Campo-Englestein.

“Reproductive technologies”. Dr. Newman

 “Conversations about Fertility in the Pediatric Setting”.  Dr. Brady


3:30-4:00 pm: Zoom and Shmooz
Closing Zoom Happy Hour with EEA BOD, Panel Chairs and Presenters. 

Endocrine Ethics Goes Viral

Join us at the Endocrine Ethics Association for a Virtual Panel on COVID-19

Saturday October 10, 2020, 12:00pm – 2:00 pm

Registration is FREE, preregister now!

Delay of Care in a Pandemic: is it still justified or useful, and how should we adjust?
Presenter: Kenneth Ain, M.D., Director of the Thyroid Oncology Program and Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky.

Surgical Ethics in the Time of COVID-19
Presenter: Peter Angelos, M.D., Ph.D., Linda Kohler Anderson Professor of Surgery and the Chief of Endocrine Surgery at the University of Chicago; and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

Telemedicine in Endocrine Patients During COVID-19
Presenter: Lindsay Bischoff, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Medical Director, Vanderbilt Thyroid Center

Health Disparities in COVID-19: A Uniquely Endocrine Ethics Problem
Presenter: M. Sara Rosenthal, Ph.D., Professor and Founding Director, University of Kentucky Program for Bioethics and the Markey Cancer Center Oncology Ethics Program