Bioethics expert to speak at symposium

For Immediate Release:  April 9, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — The subject of endless debates, both religious and scientific, the act of dying is changing — medically, that is.

F. Daniel Davis, director of bioethics at the Geisinger Health System, will address current issues surrounding this change during his keynote address, “Dying and Death: They Ain’t What They Used to Be,” as part of Bloomsburg University’s 24th annual Health Sciences Symposium and Wellness Fair. The event will take place on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall.

During his lecture, Davis will focus on end-of-life treatment and current definitions of dying, focusing on the radical transformation of medical processes that began in the 1950s, such as life-sustaining technology. He will identify the benefits, consequences and controversies associated with this new technology.

Davis began his work at Geisinger in 2012, bringing with him over 20 years of experience in theoretical and applied bioethics. He earned his doctorate in philosophy from Georgetown University, with a specialization in the philosophy and ethics of medicine. At Geisinger, Davis is responsible for leading bioethics initiatives, including strengthening the capacity for clinical ethics consultation, ethics education, policy development and review and ethics quality improvement. He is the chair of the bioethics committee at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, working with ethics committees from other hospitals.

A member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Davis served as an associate dean at Georgetown University School of Medicine and was executive director of the President’s Council on Bioethics. He has received the National Institute of Health Director’s Award, John C. Rose Award, Humanism in Medicine Award and American Medical Women’s Association Diversity Award.

The symposium will continue with the workshop, “Bioethics: An Open Forum,” on Friday, April 24, at 9 a.m. in the Kehr Union Ballroom. This event will take place in conjunction with concurrent sessions offered by BU faculty. Representatives of approximately 50 local and campus organizations will provide health information and health products at the Wellness Fair, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Kehr Union, Multipurpose Rooms A and B.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.