Dr. Ariane Lewis obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology at Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree at Tulane University. She did a residency in neurology at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell and a fellowship in neurocritical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and is the Director of the Division of Neurocritical Care and an Affiliate of the Division of Medical Ethics in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center. She served on the Steering Committee for the World Brain Death Project, is a member of the American Academy of Neurology Ethics, Law and Humanities Committee and the American Academy of Neurology Brain Death Working Group and is the Past Chair of the Neurocritical Care Society Ethics Committee. Ariane is a Deputy Editor for the Disputes and Debates section of Neurology and for Seminars in Neurology. Ariane is interested in the social, ethical and legal controversies associated with determination of death by neurologic criteria, and professionalism, and quality improvement in neurocritical care.
Familiarity of the legal and ethical considerations related to Brain Death Declaration is critical for healthcare professionals to ensure a continued collaborative approach to patient care and family support. This webinar will present a point-counterpoint discussion on key questions and issues currently impacting brain death determination. Specific areas of focus include a review of the current criteria for brain death determination, consent requirements for brain death testing or withdrawal of the ventilator, and religious objections and exemptions.