Ethics Debate Explores Postoperative Coverage

More smaller or remote health care facilities are requesting assistance from cardiothoracic surgeons at major hospitals, leading to controversy over what happens when the cardiothoracic surgeon leaves. Oftentimes, patient care is transferred to a less experienced general surgeon. During the Ethics Debate, two cardiothoracic surgeons will explore the pros and cons of this practice.

Ethics Debate: Neighborly Help or Itinerant Surgery?

Monday, January 29
4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Room 315

James S. Allan, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, will argue that postoperative coverage by a general surgeon is an acceptable arrangement, while Alberto Ferreres, MD, PhD, of the University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine, will argue that a cardiothoracic surgeon must provide postoperative coverage.

“The debate is not going to provide an answer to this question,” said STS/AATS Cardiothoracic Ethics Forum Chair Robert M. Sade, MD, who will facilitate the discussion. “It is going to provide two different ways of thinking about it. Then, it will be up to whoever is in the audience to take that information and decide how they would handle it if it comes up.”