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2014 Pitts Lecture focuses on domestic violence

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This year’s annual Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lectureship in Medical Ethics featuring the theme, “Dangerous to Stay, Dangerous to Leave: Ethical and Legal Issues in Domestic Violence,” will be held Oct. 23 and 24. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 23. All sessions will be held in the MUSC Bioengineering Building, Room 110, 68 President Street.

Now in its 21st year, the lectureship has featured a range of bioethical issues including clinical-bioethical, legal–bioethical, social–bioethical and policy–bioethical.
Robert Sade, M.D., Department of Surgery and director of the Institute of Human Values in Health Care, is pleased that the committee has chosen the topic of domestic violence as this year’s theme.

“Issues relating to domestic violence are extremely important today. We have coordinated several key topics that will be led by a range of local and national experts to address various areas of domestic violence from outcomes to reporting and sharing solutions. Johns Hopkins University’s Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell is a national leader in research and advocacy in the field of domestic violence. She and our other speakers are experts and leaders in their fields and we are happy to bring them together to share in these important discussions,” Sade said.

The event is free to MUSC students, faculty and staff. Participants must register prior to the event at For event  information, contact Megan Fier at, 876-4843.

Topics will include:

  • Session I: Outcomes of Domestic Violence
    Lethal Outcomes of Domestic Violence (keynote address) — Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D., R.N., Johns Hopkins University; Psychological Outcomes of Domestic Violence on Victims and Children — Alyssa Rheingold, Ph.D., MUSC
  • Session II: Domestic Violence as a Crime
    Domestic Violence is a Crime —Magistrate Court Judge Ellen Steinberg, J.D., S.C. Judicial Department; Domestic Violence is a Social Problem, Not a Criminal Act — Cassandra Woosley, J.D., Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office–Charleston
  • Session III: Mandatory Reporting of Domestic Violence
    Mandatory Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence Saves Lives — Peter Romary, J.D., East Carolina University; Mandatory Reporting of Intimate Partner Violence is Too Dangerous for the Victim — Peggy Goodman, M.D., East Carolina University
  • Session IV: Solutions
    Intimate Partner Violence: The Role of the Health Professions — Jane Liebschutz, M.D., Boston University; The Solution to Domestic Violence: An Integrated Community Response — Pamela Jacobs, J.D., Pamela Jacobs Consulting
  • Session V: Interactive Faculty and Audience Discussion — Robert Sade, M.D.

Thomas Antley Pitts II, M.D., (1893 - 1991) served as a member of the board of MUSC for 36 years and served as its chairman for 25 of those years. He left a bequest to endow a series of lectures on medical ethics. The series has become known as the Pitts Memorial Lectureship and has been held annually since 1993.






October 23, 2014



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