The Crisis in Patient Safety and Malpractice: Fixing Medicine and Law

Thursday, February 26, 2004 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union

Prof. Brennan analyzed the causes of the current medical malpractice crisis, arguing that growing efforts to understand sources of medical error and systems failure should be linked to malpractice reform in a larger attempt to improve care. Dr. Brennan suggested reforms to reduce medical injuries and improve compensation for injured individuals. 

The Deinard Memorial Lecture on Law & Medicine is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences and the Center for Bioethics. Support for the series comes from the law firm of Leonard Street and Deinard and the Deinard family.


 Carol Ley, MD

Continuing legal education credit (CLE) for attorneys (1.5 hours) has been approved.

All participating faculty, course directors, and planning committee members are required to disclose to the program audience any financial relationships related to the subject matter of this program. Disclosure information is reviewed in advance in order to manage and resolve any possible conflicts of interest.

Troyen A. Brennan is professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and president of the Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization. He is also Professor of Law and Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Brennan received his MPH, MD, and JD from Yale University and trained at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Brennan's research focuses on legal and ethical issues in medicine and public health.