KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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JACALYN DUFFIN, MD, PhD

is a hematologist, historian, and Professor Emerita, who held the Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine at Queen’s University from 1988 to 2017. A former president of both the American Association for the History of Medicine and the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, she is the author of eight books and many articles, holds several awards for teaching, research, and service. Her research focuses on disease, technology, religion, and health policy. She runs an activist website for the drug shortage problem: http://www.canadadrugshortage.com/. Her forthcoming book is on the history of the Medical Expedition to Easter Island, led by Canada in 1964-65. She is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and in May 2019 will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame.

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SCOTT STONINGTON, MD, PHD

received his Ph.D. in medical anthropology from UCSF/Berkeley in 2009 and his M.D. from UCSF in 2011. His research broadly addresses the globalization of biomedical ethics and expertise. His first project in this area focused on decision-making at the end of life in Thailand, where individuals face a complex combination of ethical frameworks generated by high-tech medical care, human-rights politics, and the metaphysical demands of dying. Dr. Stonington spent two years accompanying Thai elders at their deathbeds, documenting their children’s attempts to pay back their “debt of life” via intensive medical care, as well as the ensuing “spirit ambulance,” a rush to get patients on life-support home at the last possible moment to orchestrate the final breath in a spiritually advantageous place. Dr. Stonington’s second project in this area focuses on global debates over the use of opiates for pain management. He has an additional research agenda addressing medical epistemology in the U.S., specifically how health practitioners decide what constitutes true and/or useful knowledge and how this affects patients. He has also published extensively in social medicine, and is currently the lead editor on the series “Case Studies in Social Medicine” in the New England Journal of Medicine, the first series in a major medical journal devoted to social science concepts.

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LISA HARRIS, MD, PHD

is the F. Wallace and Janet Jeffries Collegiate Professor of Reproductive Health, and Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Department of Women's Studies at University of Michigan. She also directs University of Michigan's Fellowship in Family Planning. She grew up in a small town outside of Ottawa, Canada, before moving to the U.S. for college and medical school at Harvard University. She completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of California, San Francisco. Because so many issues in women's reproductive health have to do as much with culture and politics as with biomedical sciences, she went on to earn a PhD in American Culture at University of Michigan. She is now an active clinician, teacher and researcher. Her clinical work focuses on family planning. Her research is interdisciplinary, focusing on medical ethics, history, and sociology. In particular her work explores abortion stigma, burnout and resilience in reproductive healthcare providers, exercise of conscience in healthcare, the racial and social class stratification of infertility treatment in the U.S., and the impact of social polarization on reproductive health and healthcare.