Two conferences sharing one day in common. Select one or come to both (the second at a reduced rate). The reviews of the 36th and 20th Annual Conferences were again outstanding, continuing the tradition of this highly successful joint series.
AT GRAND FLORIDIAN HOTEL RESORT AND SPA
Notwithstanding the continuing challenges of maternal mortality, morbidity, and preterm births, obstetrics practice has become even more demanding. Advances in human genetics now, more than ever, make it necessary for genetics to have a central role in preconception, pregnancy, and perinatal care. In over five-thousand genetic disorders, specific genes have been identified enabling preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and prenatal genetic diagnosis. It is incumbent for providers to know the exact name of the genetic disorder that affects a patient or a close family member in order to counsel, refer, and offer PGT or prenatal genetic diagnosis. Many adult onset disabling, or fatal genetic disorders are amenable to PGT or prenatal genetic diagnosis and include an extensive list of neurological, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, endocrinological disorders, other organ systems and a range of genetic cancers. Unnecessary liability will attach to practices that ignore these advances. Remember Judge Learned Hand’s decision in the TJ Hooper tugboat case  in which radio receiving sets were available but not used, with total loss of cargo. “Courts must in the end say what is required; there are precautions so imperative that even their universal disregard will not excuse their omission”. This is one decision early on that established a standard of care & due diligence.
The major objectives in these two conferences are to enhance the continuing education of a range of specialties in medicine and allied professions, including obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, medicine, surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, cardiology, radiology, human genetics, and ethics. The key reasons that have characterized the success of these conferences for the past 36 and 20 years, respectively, are the highly qualified and renowned medical faculty, and the interactive insights and lessons concerning the role of law and lawyers, communicated by acknowledged “super lawyers.” Only through a thorough understanding of the complexities of medicine and law can physicians and litigators hope to deal effectively with the continuing challenges of medical and legal practice.
The specific goals of these conferences are to:
- Teach healthcare professionals to better comprehend the machinations of negligence law, and to develop a more complete awareness of the need for anticipatory and safety practice.
- Teach legal professionals about the complex issues encountered in the practice of medicine, including the intricacies of decision-making, aiming to sharpen their understanding on behalf of their clients, both plaintiff and defense.
Once again, an extraordinarily experienced and superb faculty has been assembled for the 37th and 21st anniversary conferences that will be important to all the specialties mentioned, including nurse practitioners, trial attorneys, in-house counsel, pediatricians, primary care physicians, insurers and claims personnel, risk managers and all providers of healthcare.
At the conclusion of this conference, healthcare professionals will be able to articulate the role of law and lawyers in medical malpractice lawsuits and discuss the complexities of the legal process.
At the conclusion of this conference, legal professionals will be able to describe “best-evidence” in medical malpractice as it pertains to standards of expected care in obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, neonatology, medicine, surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, cardiology, radiology, and human genetics.
This activity is designed to address the following core and team competencies:
Patient Care and Medical Knowledge
Professionalism, Teams & Teamwork
Aubrey Milunsky, MD, DSc, FRCP, FACMG, DCH
Founder and Co-Director
Center for Human Genetics, Cambridge, MA
Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Formerly Professor of Human Genetics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pathology,
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Professor Milunsky is internationally known for his work in prenatal genetic diagnosis, molecular genetics, and the epidemiology of birth defects. He is the author, editor, or co-editor of 27 books and author or co-author of 459 scientific communications. He is the Founding Editor, author, and Co-Editor of Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment (8th ed). The 6th edition of this major worldwide reference text for prenatal diagnosis received the “Highly Commended” Award from the British Medical Association. He has given invited lectures in 36 countries, (including the Vatican). He has been honored, by election, as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of England, and with an award for excellence in teaching. He is an editorial board member of Prenatal Diagnosis. Boston University has named the Aubrey Milunsky Chair in Human Genetics. His recent book was I Didn’t Know, I Didn’t Know: Avoidable Deaths and Harm Due to Medical Negligence. He was listed in Top Doctors in Boston (Genetics).
Jeff M. Milunsky, MD, FACMG
Co-Director, Center for Human Genetics
Director, Clinical Genetics
Senior Director, Molecular Genetics, Cambridge, MA
Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts University School of Medicine
Formerly Professor of Pediatrics, Genetics and Genomics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Professor Milunsky is known internationally for his work in clinical and molecular genetics with special reference to his expertise in the diagnosis, evaluation and management of genetic connective tissue disorders. He is the co-editor of Genetic Disorders and the Fetus: Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment (8th edition). The 6th edition received the British Medical Association “Highly Commended” Medical Book Award. Professor Milunsky is the author or co-author of at least 310 scientific communications. He is an elected member of the Society for Pediatric Research. He has been listed repeatedly in Top Doctors in Boston (Genetics).
Richard G. Bach. MD
Professor of Medicine
Washington University School of Medicine
Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center
Barnes Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, Missouri
Professor Bach is known internationally for his work in Critical Care Medicine and Cardiology. He is the author of at least 366 publications. Professor Bach has been the recipient of more than a dozen distinguished faculty/cardiology faculty awards for excellence in teaching. He has been listed for over a decade in Best Doctors in America and also by US News and World Report among the top 325 Interventional Cardiologists in the US.
Kevin W. Crews, Esq.
Wicker, Smith, O’Hara, McCoy, and Ford P.A.
Mr. Crews is a well-known defense attorney whose specialty is civil litigation, catastrophic injury, medical negligence, product liability, negligent security, commercial/private transportation, and construction cases. He has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards including Thomas J. Briggs INNS of Court, Naples and for other moot court competition awards. He has lectured on healthcare in Florida, risk management, medical malpractice liability, and constitutional amendments.
Emily Fox Conant, MD
Professor of Radiology
Department of Radiology
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Professor Conant is known internationally for her work in breast imaging. She is the author or co-author of at least 328 scientific communications and the author, co-author, or co-editor of 3 books, the most recent entitled Breast Imaging: Case Review Series. Professor Conant has been the recipient of many awards and honors for research, teaching, and as a “pioneer” by the Abramson Cancer Center. She is currently the President of the Society of Breast Imaging and a panel member of the American Joint Commission on cancer.
Mary D’Alton, M.D.
Willard C. Rappleye Professor and Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Services
New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
Professor D’Alton is known internationally for her work in maternal-fetal medicine with special reference to maternal serum screening, fetal imaging, and high-risk pregnancy. She is the co-author, editor, or co-editor of 23 books, the latest entitled Obstetric Imaging, Fetal Diagnosis and Care, Expert Radiology Series 2nd Edition, and 13 monographs. She is also the author or co-author of at least 543 scientific communications. Professor D’Alton has been the recipient of many honors, for teaching, research, and service but especially for election to The National Academy of Medicine. She was the recipient of the Seymour Milstein Distinguished Service Award, NY Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She serves on the editorial board of multiple prestigious journals including the Journal of Perinatal Medicine and Prenatal Diagnosis. She is an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
Andrea Gropman, MD, FAAP, FACMG
Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics
Chief, Neurogenetics and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Children’s National Medical Center and the
George Washington University School of Medicine
Washington DC, USA
Professor Gropman is known internationally for her work in pediatric neurology with special reference to genetic metabolic disorders. She is the author or co-author of almost 300 scientific communications and editor of the Swaiman Pediatric Neurology textbook. She has also been the invited guest editor for publications in Neurology, Genetics, and Neurotherapeutics. Professor Gropman serves on the editorial boards of multiple prestigious journals including the journal of Child Neurology and Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine. She is the editor-in-chief of Mitochondrion. She has been honored multiple times and has received awards for excellence in teaching and listed among Top Doctors.
Amal Mattu, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, Emergency Cardiology Fellowship Program
Professor Mattu is known internationally for his work in emergency medicine. He is the author or co-editor of at least 209 scientific communications. Professor Mattu is also the co-author or co-editor of 25 books, the two most recent being Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care [7th ed] and Electrocardiography in Emergency, Acute and Critical Care [2nd ed]. Professor Mattu has been the keynote speaker nationally and internationally dozens of times and selected to address the annual American Academy of Emergency Medicine Scientific Assembly for 21 consecutive years. He has been the recipient of at least 15 outstanding teacher awards and multiple Educator Awards. He was honored for outstanding leadership in emergency medicine with the Fabien Vickrey M.D. Memorial Award and the Peter Rosen Award.
Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH
Upjohn Distinguished Professor
University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill
Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chapel Hill, NC
Professor Menard is known internationally for her work in maternal fetal medicine. She is the author or co-author of at least 112 scientific communications. She is a contributor on maternal fetal medicine to multiple monographs. She has received many distinguished service awards, including the Golden TarHeel Award for teaching excellence and recognized for over 25 years among Best Doctors in America for Maternal Fetal Medicine. She is also an examiner for the American board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Errol R. Norwitz, MB ChB, D Phil, MBA
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Harvard Medical School
President/CEO Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Professor Norwitz is known internationally for his work in maternal fetal medicine with special reference to high-risk pregnancy. He is the author or co-author of at least 384 scientific communications. Professor Norwitz is the author or co-editor of 19 books, the most recent two being Evidenced-Based Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Obstetric Clinical Algorithms: Management and Evidence (2nd Edition). He serves on the editorial boards of multiple prestigious journals and on the advisory board of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and was an examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Professor Norwitz has been the recipient of many honors for research, teaching, and oral presentations. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has been listed repeatedly in Top Doctors in Boston.
Jeffery M. Perlman, MB, ChB
Professor of Pediatrics
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Division Chief, Newborn Medicine
New York Presbyterian Hospital (New York, NY)
Professor Perlman is known internationally for his work in neonatology, with special reference to the study of brain injury in the newborn. He is the author or co-author of at least 402 scientific communications and is the Editor of 9 monographs on neonatal neurology. Professor Perlman serves as an editorial board member for Seminars in Neonatology. He has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards and voted as one of The Best or Top Doctors in Dallas, New York, and America. He was honored with the Light Up My Life Achievement Award at the Komansky Children’s Hospital, NY.
Andrew B. Yaffa, Esq.
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, P.A.
Coral Gables, Florida
As a partner in this law firm, Mr. Yaffa is a well-known plaintiff attorney specializing in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and wrongful death litigation. He has been listed as one of America’s top 100 personal injury attorneys, among America’s most honored professionals, and Florida’s legal trend’s, LEGAL ELITE, Lawdragon 500 leading plaintiff consumer lawyer, and as a Super Lawyer.
Stanley Zaslau, MD, MBA, FACS
Professor and Chairman
Department of Urology
Surgical Clinics, Department of Urology
West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown West Virginia
Saint Mary’s Hospital, Huntington, West Virginia
Professor Zaslau is known internationally for his work in Surgical Urology. He is the author or co-author, of at least 217 publications as well as at least 26 books and chapters primarily on Urology as well as 3 monographs that are board review manuals. He is an Associate Editor of the West Virginia Medical Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the Internet Journal of Urology. Professor Zaslau has been repeatedly honored with awards for teaching excellence and was a nominee for Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He also received the top 1% Press-Ganey Patience Satisfaction Award at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
4401 Floridian Way
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8451
The Center for Human Genetics, Inc. has secured a room block at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which will be available until November 30, 2021, or until it is sold out.
Standard Room: $365
The above rates are based on single or double occupancy and are subject to applicable sales and resort taxes, which is currently 12.5% per room per night (subject to change). Rates are effective for arrivals on Saturday, January 1 to departures on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. Arrivals prior to January 1, 2022, are on a request basis only, subject to availability, and are priced at the full public rate in effect at that time. Additional occupants (18 years and older) will be charged at a rate of $35.00 per person, per night, plus applicable taxes. There is no charge for children 17 years of age and younger staying in the same room with parents utilizing existing bedding. King Bedded rooms can sleep up to 3 adults, 2 Queen Bedded rooms can sleep up to 4 adults, and 2 Queen Bedded room with 1 Day Bed can sleep up to 5 adults.
For information on making your travel arrangements and to book your accommodations, please visit www.akatravelteam.com/disney2022
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ACCOLADES FROM PAST CONFERENCES
- What Participants Are Saying: This was an exceptional conference, as usual. This is my 10th conference and they are all fantastic. Great, well-respected and very knowledgeable speakers, pertinent topics for both physicians and medical malpractice lawyers, and well organized and presented content. “I have been in law practice for 38 years. This is the best conference I have ever attended.” The “gold standard” for birth trauma conferences! This conference far exceeded my expectations, as most speakers were very engaging and well-prepared. I most certainly will be back in the future. Very good seminar! The combination of lawyers and physicians provided a very nice dynamic and it’s always enlightening to hear problems analyzed from different perspectives. “Best conference I have ever attended!” (comments from many participants)“Thanks for creating such a unique type of conference – my 5th and always interesting, informative and useful” “Always an outstanding program, superlative faculty, and an exotic location” “As always an excellent course.” “A wonderful conference.”
37th Annual Conference Schedule
We look forward to seeing you in January, 2022!
For all queries, please contact Dr. Aubrey Milunsky.
Aubrey Milunsky, M.D., D.Sc.
Director, Center for Human Genetics