June 8, 2019 Seminar Elder Ethics Matter!

ELDER ETHICS MATTER! Ethical best practices in senior healthcare. 

The program was a grand success and we plan to have another next spring/early summer. For those who missed it, here is the content as well as bios of our speakers:


Karl Steinberg, MD “Case Studies in Healthcare Decision Making”

David Gunn, MD “Opioids, Alcohol and the Elderly”

Ann Gallagher PhD “The RIPE Project: Researching Interventions that Promote Ethics in  Social Care”

Sharon Ransom, JD, “Elder Financial Abuse: A Prosecutor’s View”


Dr. Karl Steinberg is a long-term care geriatrician and board-certified family physician with a subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine, and certifications as skilled nursing facility and hospice medical director.  Dr. Steinberg received his undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard in 1980, then taught high school in New York City for three years.  He attended medical school at The Ohio State University, then completed his family medicine residency at UCSD.  Dr. Steinberg is Chief Medical Officer for Mariner Health Central, a nursing facility management company, and medical director of two skilled nursing facilities.  He has been a hospice and nursing home medical director since 1995 and is best known for taking his dogs on rounds in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and on hospice and palliative care home visits on most days. 

Dr. David Gunn earned a Master of Fine Arts in Electronic Music and Recording Media, then decided to pursue medicine after working with refugees from Afghanistan and witnessing the impact medical care can have.  He received an MD degree from University of California, Davis, and is now a Board-Certified Family Practice physician, Assistant Clinical Professor with UCLA health in Porter Ranch and is a member of the American Society for Addiction Medicine and the California Society for Addiction Medicine.  Within his general family practice, he has clinical interest in helping patients recover from addiction and dependency on prescription drugs and has both published and presented on this important topic. 

Dr. Ann Gallagher is Professor of Ethics and Care, International Care Ethics Observatory, School of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.  She trained as a general nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, during “the Troubles” and later moved to England to pursue post-registration training as a mental health nurse.  Following practice experience in elder care and adolescent psychiatry.  After completing her BA (Hons) degree in philosophy and health studies in London, she went on to complete an MA in medical and social ethics at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and a PhD in professional ethics at the University of Central Lancashire.  Dr. Gallagher has extensive experience as a care ethicist, nurse, educator, researcher, and editor (of the international journal “Nursing Ethics”).  She is Co-Chair of Princess Alice Hospice Clinical Ethics Committee and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing.  She was recently on sabbatical exploring “Cross-cultural perspectives on ethics and elder care” and was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Healthcare at the University of Tuskegee in Alabama, USA in 2017.  [Dr. Gallagher appears live via remote]

Sharon Ransom is a prosecuting attorney with the LA County District Attorney for the past 14 years.  A Los Angeles native, she received her BA degree from Cal State L.A. and her JD from the University of West Los Angeles, working her way through law school as a police dispatcher.  Having been particularly close to her grandmother and deeply concerned about unscrupulous individuals taking advantage of seniors, it was a perfect fit for her to join the DA’s Elder Abuse Unit where she successfully prosecuted numerous financial abuse crimes.  The focus of the unit, in addition to prosecuting crimes, is educating the public about the seemingly endless schemes that exploit the trust and vulnerability of senior citizens.

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