Lectures & Events

Legal Issues Affecting the Terminally Ill Patient
Elena and Miles Zaremski Law-Medicine Forum presented by The Law-Medicine Center
JAN 21, 2010
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Moot Courtroom (A59)
NOTE: NOT a CLE event.
Dr. Cowan will discuss how the rights of terminally ill patients may be affected by federal and state laws, which affect Advance Directives. Individuals create Advance Directives to indicate how they wish to be treated if they should become mentally or physically incapacitated. In addition, federal and U.S. Supreme Court decisions may affect patient autonomy, the role and rights of decisionmakers and caretakers for incapacitated individuals, and the role and authority of States to direct such care.

He will also examine legal decisions affecting physician-assisted suicide / patient-directed death and access by terminally ill patients to drugs not approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for general use.
Speaker Information
Dale H. CowanDale H. Cowan, MD, JD
Senior Medical Director for Oncology
Alere Medical

Dale H. Cowan is a graduate of Harvard College, Harvard Medical School, and the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is licensed to practice medicine in Ohio, California, and Florida and is a member of the Ohio Bar. Dr. Cowan is Board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology and devotes the majority of his professional career to the practice of hematology and oncology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American Health Lawyers Association. Past president of the Academy of Medicine of Cleveland, he is currently President-elect of the American College of Legal Medicine.

Dr. Cowan is Senior Medical Director for Oncology for Alere Medical, has a Consulting appointment with the Cleveland Clinic, and is a Clinical Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cowan has been active for many years in health law, with a focus on organization of health care, alternative health care delivery systems, ethical issues in health care including human experimentation and the care of terminally ill patients, and alternative dispute resolution. He has published numerous original articles in medicine and health law, authored a monograph on the organization, operation, and management of Preferred Provider Organizations, and co-edited a treatise on Human Organ Transplantation. Dr. Cowan is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the World.
Additional Information
NOT a CLE event.
Open to the public at no cost. Please note - Recording in any form is prohibited.

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