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Interested in learning about medical care for patients with disabilities and chronic disease? How to talk about quality of life and expectations of medical involvement with patients? General etiquette regarding disability? The role of family and caregivers in patient care and in patient decisions? Join the Emory Disability Studies Initiative for a discussion on disability studies followed by a physician panel that focuses on the physician perspective and role in the medical care of patients with disabilities.

When: Tuesday, April 28th at 12:00pm

Where: Emory School of Medicine Room 120

What: Lunchtime Talk on Medical Treatment and Care for Patients with Disabilities

Food? Yes! Lunch is TBD but will be provided.

RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here. 

Access: For ADA accommodation requests, please contact Access, Disability Services and Resources at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD). 

Speakers and Panelist Members:

·      Dr. Benjamin Reiss, Ph.D.

Benjamin Reiss is Professor of English and co-chair of the Disability Studies Initiative at Emory. His research focuses on connections between literature, medicine, and disability and American culture, particularly in the nineteenth-century US. 

·      Dr. David Burke, M.D.

Dr. Burke is the chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Emory University School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Burke served as the medical director of the Clinical Unit of Traumatic Brain Injury at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston.

·      Dr Louis Rapkin, M.D.

Dr. Rapkin is a pediatric oncologist/hematologist who practices at Scottish Rite and Eggleston Hospital. Additionally, he is a small group leader for the M1 and M3 class.

·      Dr. Dimitri Cassimatis, M.D.

Dr. Cassimatis is a cardiologist who practices at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Cassimatis additionally directs the first year medical student course on cardiovascular disease and is a small group leader for the M1 class.



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The Disability Studies Initiative at Emory is a working group generated across departments and schools that is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and teaching by faculty and students. The Initiative is led by a group of faculty and students who are interested in the social, cultural, historical, political, and legal dimensions of disability in our world. Our mission is to promote the growth and increase the profile of Disability Studies at Emory University.

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Maria Town has been appointed to the post of Associate Director in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House by the National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. Prior to her appointment in the Executive Branch, Town was a Policy Advisor at U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). While at ODEP, Maria led or coordinated numerous efforts to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. Maria graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Congratulations, Maria!


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Jennifer C. Sarrett is currently a Lecturer at Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health, where she teaches courses on bioethics and disability studies, health humanities, mental illness and culture, and health and human rights. Her current research focuses on bio- and neuroethical concerns of intellectual and developmental disabilities, including international research ethics and emerging technologies for the identification of these disabilities. She received her PhD from Emory's Institute of Graduate Arts in 2014, and her dissertation compared professional and parental experiences of autism in Atlanta, GA and Kerala, India. She has been an active and integral member of the Emory DSI since its inception.