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All sessions take place in the Multipurpose Room 0101, Student Center.

Friday, September 17

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and refreshments

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.          Opening Remarks

Hossam E. Fadel, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G., Program Co-Director
Bernard J. Firestone, Ph.D. Dean, Hofstra College for Liberal Arts and Sciences

Local Arrangements
Mamdouh I. Farid, Ph.D., Muslim Chaplain, Hofstra University

8:15 – 10:45 a.m.        Session 1

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.
Moderator: Hossam E. Fadel, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G

Daniel Martin Varisco, Ph.D., Program Co-Director
The End of Life, the Ends of Life: An Anthropological View

8:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Panel Discussion: Monotheistic Faith Perspectives on Brain Death, Do Not Resuscitate Orders and Patient Autonomy

Moderator and Case Presenter: Faroque Ahmed Khan, M.D., M.A.C.P.


Jamal Badawi, Ph.D.
Rabbi Jerome K. Davidson, D.D.
Frederick A. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P.

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.      Break

11:00 – noon               Session 2

Moderator: Shahid Athar, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.

11:30 – noon

Cheryl B. Mwaria, Ph.D.

Pain Management for the Terminally Ill: The Role of Race and Religion

Noon – 2:15 p.m.        Friday (Jumu`a) Prayer, Jamal Badawi, Ph.D.
Lunch (not provided)

2:15 – 3:45 p.m.          Session 3

Moderator: Daniel Martin Varisco, Ph.D.

2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Sam Packer, M.D.

The Ethical Basis of Informed Consent

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Jamal Badawi, Ph.D.

Muslim Attitudes towards End-of-Life Decisions

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Shahid Athar, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.

Advance Directives and Living Wills for Muslims

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.          Break

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.          Session 4

Moderator: Hussein Rashid, Ph.D.

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Tanveer Mir, M.D., M.A.C.P.

The Spectrum of Neurological Recovery: From Minimally Conscious to Vegetative State

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Frederick A. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Are Physicians Ethically Obligated to Address Hospice as an Alternative to “Usual” Treatment of Advancing End-Stage Disease?

Saturday, September 18

7:30 – 8:00 a.m.       Registration and refreshments

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.       Session 5

Warren G. Frisina, Ph.D.

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion: Compassionate Care

Stephen G. Post, Ph.D.

Julie Byrne, Ph.D.
Warren G. Frisina, Ph.D.

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Shahid Athar, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E.
Principles of Biomedical Ethics

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.      Break

10:15 – noon               Session 6

Moderator: Hasan Shanawani, M.D., M.P.H.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.

Tanveer Mir, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Care of the Terminally Ill from Religious Perspectives: Role of Palliative and Hospice Care

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Faiz Khan, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.A.E.M., F.A.C.P.

Ethics of Psycho-Spiritual Support: Educational/Religious Paradigms

11:30 – noon

Mary Lahaj, M.A., C.P.E. Certified

End of Life Care and the Chaplain’s Role on the Medical Team

Noon – 1:00 p.m.        Lunch (box lunches provided to registrants)

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.          Session 7-End-of-Life Issues at the Beginning of Life

Moderator: Tanveer Mir, M.D., M.A.C.P.

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Hossam E. Fadel, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Ethical Aspects of Prenatal Diagnosis of Fetal Malformations

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Ali M. Nadroo, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Ethical Dilemmas in Decision-Making at the Limits of Neonatal Viability

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Malika Haque, M.D., F.A.A.P.

End-of-Life Decisions in the Pediatric Patient

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Hossam E. Fadel, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Postmortem and Perimortem Cesarean Sections: History and Ethical and Religious Considerations

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.          Break

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.          Session 8

Moderator: Malika Haque, M.D., F.A.A.P.

3:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Hasan Shanawani, M.D., M.P.H.

Organ Transplantation: The Muslim Viewpoint

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Aasim I. Padela, M.D., M.Sc.

Muslim Controversies around Brain Death

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Faroque Ahmed Khan, M.D., M.A.C.P.

Concluding Remarks

The last five minutes of each presentation are for questions and answers. In Sessions 1 and 5, the panel discussions, the last 15 minutes are for questions and answers.

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