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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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Dr. Harold Braswell, Emory PhD and active member of the DSI while at Emory, is now an Assistant Professor at the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics. His research and teaching examine the intersection of disability studies and bioethics, with a particular focus on end-of-life care. His book, "A Tale of Two Hospices: Freedom and Abandonment in US End-of-Life Care," is officially under contract at Johns Hopkins University Press. This research draws on a year-and-a-half of ethnographic fieldwork in various Atlanta-area hospices, as well as original archival research on the modern US hospice movement. His scholarship has won awards from the Hastings Center, the Society for Disability Studies, and the University of Chicago Program on Medicine and Religion. He is the organizer of the Society for Disability Studies interest group for family members of persons with disabilities.


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