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2018 ACP Michigan Conference

October 11-12, 2018   |   Lansing, MI

Keynote Speakers

Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD: 

Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law 

Thaddeus Mason Pope is Director of the Health Law Institute and Professor of Law and at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

He is also: (1) Adjunct Professor with the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at Queensland University of Technology; (2) Adjunct Associate Professor with the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College; and (3) Visiting Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at St. Georges University. 

Professor Pope has over 130 publications in: leading medical journals, law reviews, bar journals, nursing journals, bioethics journals, and book chapters. He coauthors the definitive treatise The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-Life Decisionmaking. And he runs the Medical Futility Blog (with nearly three million page views). 

Professor Pope works to calibrate the balance between individual liberty and public health in the end-of-life medical treatment context. Specific
research topics have included: (1) medical futility, (2) unwanted medical treatment, (3) ethics committees, (4) brain death, (5) advance directives, (6) surrogate decision making, (7) unrepresented patients, (8) aid in dying, and (9) VSED. More recently, Pope has been innovating new legal tools to better assure (10) fair internal dispute resolution mechanisms, and (11) adequate informed consent with patient decision aids.

Prior to joining academia, Professor Pope practiced at Arnold & Porter LLP and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Pope earned a JD and PhD (in philosophy and bioethics) from Georgetown University.

Ray Barfield, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy, Duke University; Director of Medical Humanities, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine

Dr. Barfield is professor of Pediatrics and Christian Philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He received his MD and PhD (in philosophy) from Emory University. He is a pediatric oncologist and palliative care physician with an interest in expanding the role of the humanities in the formation of physicians.


Ray has over 100 publications in medicine, philosophy and literature, including several books: Life in the Blind Spot (poetry), The Ancient Quarrel Between Poetry and Philosophy, The Book of Colors (a novel) and most recently a book of philosophy called Wager: Beauty, Suffering, and Being in the World. His book-length poem called Dante's New Moon will be released in 2018.


He was the founding director of two programs at Duke: Theology, Medicine and Culture and Palliative Care and Quality of Life. Currently he directs the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center in Duke's Medical School, and teaches courses at the intersection of theology, philosophy and medicine in the Divinity School.  He is married to Karen, who is an Episcopal priest, and they have two children - Micah and Alexandra. 

Monica Ott, MD, CMD: 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University; Medical Director of OPTIMISTIC


Dr. Ott (formerly Tegeler) is an assistant professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Indiana University.  She is medical director of OPTIMISTIC, one of 6 CMS innovation grants in the US evaluating how to reduce rehospitalizations of dual eligible long term care nursing home residents.  She is also medical director of a continuing care retirement community in Indianapolis.  Her clinical interests are palliative care, dementia with behavior management, and subacute rehabilitation.    

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