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Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy

Wilmington, Delaware
I am an Associate Professor of Law and a member of the Health Law Institute at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. I came to Widener in the 2007-2008 academic year as a visitor from the University of Memphis where I had been teaching since 2005. Before entering academia,... Full Bio
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DRW v. University of Wisconsin - Facilitating Surrogates' "Illegal" Decisions to Stop... by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics I blogged about this case  over five years ago  when it was first filed.   Disability Rights Wisconsin  sued the University of Wisconsin and several individual physicians ov ... Read on »
Tracey v. Cambridge University Hospital - Duty to Consult by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics The December 2014 issue of Clinical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians) includes a nice summary of the impact and implications of the UK Court of Appeal's judgment in Tra ... Read on »
Ontario Medical Board Seeks Input on Draft End-of-Life Policy by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has just posted ’s a revised draft policy for external consultation: "Planning for and Providing Quality End-of-Life Care ... Read on »
Mass General - Futility Policy Experience by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Andrew Courtwright and colleagues at the Massachusetts General Hospital have published "Experience with a hospital policy on not offering cardiopulmonary resuscitation whe ... Read on »
Communicating about Prognosis and End-of-Life Care in Patients with Advanced Cancer (video) by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics On November 19, 2014, Jennifer Temel presented "Communicating about Prognosis and End-of-Life Care in Patients with Advanced Cancer" at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medic ... Read on »
Brain Death - Abandoned in British Labor Case? by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Rowan Atkinson plays a union negotiator, arguing that brain death is not death. Read on »
Carol Taylor - What Constitutes Good Care at the End of Life (video) by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics The National Press Foundation posted this 45-minute webinar with Carol Taylor.  It covers what constitutes good care at the end of life; the ethical discussion around the ri ... Read on »
Chicago Brain Death Case Now Federal Lawsuit by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Randall R. Bainchi was a 22-year old United States Marine, who served his Country in war zones in both Afghanistan and Iraqi.  As a result of his service, Bainchi suffered ... Read on »
Peter Saul & Michael Ashby – How We Die (video) by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Dr Peter Saul and Professor Michael Ashby delivered a session on ‘How We Die’ from the perspectives of intensive care and palliative care at the International Conference on ... Read on »
Rasouli Does Not Require Brain Death Disputes Go to Consent & Capacity Board by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Mary Jane Dykeman In October 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that the Ontario Health Care Consent Act requires that clinicians always, alway ... Read on »
Short Code Leads to Medical Malpractice Claim by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics I was surprised to see this claim in a recent lawsuit: "[staff] failed to provide adequate efforts to resuscitate Amy Roska providing CPR for only twelve minutes before c ... Read on »
New Jersey Palliative Care Information Act by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Rep. Pinkin This week, following California, New York, and several other states , New Jersey introduced a Palliative Care Information Act bill.   1 ... Read on »
Duty to Challenge Surrogate with Suspect Authority - Frausto v. Texas Health Harris Methodist... by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics In February 2012, 67-year-old Diane Rimert was transferred from her nursing home to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Forth Worth, Texas.   Clinicians there inf ... Read on »
Expanding Palliative Care - Saves Billions, Honors Wishes by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics A new  report  from The Berkeley Forum finds that California hospital spending could be reduced by billions of dollars over the next eight years if patients’ wishes about ... Read on »
Submit Your Comments to CMS on the New Advance Care Planning Codes by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is choosing not to pay for new advance care planning codes in this year’s Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.  But CMS is a ... Read on »
Michael Fratkin’s End-of-Life Care Program - ResolutionCare by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Michael Fratkin is the medical director of the Palliative Care Service at a community hospital in rural Northern California.   He recently founded ResolutionCare as a ... Read on »
Simon's Law in Missouri Would Require "Written Permission" to Stop Life-Sustaining Treatment by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Ordained Christian minister and Missouri state representative Bill Kidd has introduced  H.B. 113 .  It contains two main provisions. The first provision is uncontrove ... Read on »
Diagnosing Death in the 21st Century (video) by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Dale Gardiner delivered an outstanding (and entertaining) keynote at the International Conference on End of Life in Brisbane, 2014. The conference was co-hosted by QUT’s Aus ... Read on »
Medical Futility: A New Look at an Old Problem by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics In the December 2014 issue of CHEST, Cheryl J. Misak, Douglas B. White, and Robert D. Truog contribute "Medical Futility: A New Look at an Old Problem,"  Here is the abstrac ... Read on »
How to Make Your Wishes for End-of-Life Care Clear by Thaddeus Pope Doctor of Philosophy Posted in: Blog Posts in Bioethics Here are some good tips from the Wall Street Journal on "How to Make Your Wishes for End-of-Life Care Clear."   The article reviews some of Ferdinando Mirarchi's rese ... Read on »