News Release

Monday, October 16, 2006

Contact: George Stinnett, CHKD, (757) 668-7043 or

CHKD to Host 17th Annual Bioethics Day

“The ‘Difference’ Dilemma: History and Ethics of Developmental Disabilities”

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.—Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters will host its 17th Annual Bioethics Day program November 2, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at the hospital’s Brickhouse Auditorium, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk.

This year’s program, “The ‘Difference’ Dilemma: History and Ethics of Developmental Disabilities,” focuses on: key historical events and trends that have impacted persons with developmental disabilities; historical influences on current debates in ethics; impact of personal bias in current medical practice and critical ethical issues in pediatric practice.

The program is designed for physicians, residents, medical students, nurses, social workers, health care administrators, clergy, allied health professionals and others interested in health care ethics.

Featured presenter will be Jeffery P. Brosco, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, University of Miami School of Medicine, and director of clinical services, Mailman Center for Child Development. Besides his medical degree, Dr. Brosco holds a doctorate in the history of medicine and is board certified in pediatrics and developmental-behavioral pediatrics. He teaches and practices both general pediatrics and developmental pediatrics. Dr. Brosco’s published research includes an analysis of the history of health care for children, and his current project focuses on social history and public policy trends in health care for persons with developmental disabilities. He is vice chair of the pediatric bioethics committee at Jackson Memorial Hospital and director of pediatrics for ethics programs at the University of Miami.

The program is free; however, pre-registration is required. Continuing education credits are available. For more information or to register, call (757) 668-7500 or visit