UAMS Professor to Discuss Medical Ethics at South Arkansas Area Health Education Center

By todd


LITTLE ROCK – Chris Hackler, Ph.D., director of the division of medical humanities in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine and adjunct professor of philosophy at  the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, will discuss “Medical Ethics” at the South Arkansas Area Health Education Center (AHEC), in El Dorado at noon, Thursday, June 9.


The lecture is open to area physicians, nurses and pharmacists and continuing education units are available. For more information contact Carol Cobb, 1-870-881-4429.


Hackler joined the faculty of the UAMS College of Medicine in 1982 as the first director of the new Division of Medical Humanities. He came from East Tennessee State University, where he chaired the Department of Philosophy and taught in the Department of Family Practice. He graduated with high honors from Hendrix College and studied in Germany on a Fulbright Scholarship. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina.


Hackler lectures at medical schools and college campuses around the country and abroad. Periodically, under the auspices of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s Visiting Fellows Program, he spends a week in residence at participating liberal arts colleges teaching classes in various departments and meeting with faculty and student groups.


Recent publications include an edited book and articles in various medical and legal journals on the topic of advance directives and end-of-life decisions, and a second edited book and set of articles on rationing and health care reform in the context of an aging population. He is currently working on social issues in the use of genetic and reproductive technologies. Of special interest is the possibility of genetically extending the human life span.


This lecture is part of the UAMS Outreach Program, which provides continuing medical education credits to Arkansas physicians. Through the program, UAMS physicians from all specialties travel the state to provide lectures, teach procedures and discuss difficult cases. The outreach program is in its 13th year and provides more than 70 speakers annually.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has more than 2,200 students and 660 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.1 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.