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Quarterly Lectures

IAHA Quarterly Lectures provide a high-level detailed exploration of a current health law topic. The 75-minute lectures feature expert speakers with first-hand experience with the topic and often include spirited audience discussion.

Past lectures have addressed gain sharing/pay-for-performance, problem physicians, managed care contracting, electronic medical records, medical malpractice in Illinois, and joint ventures.

Attendees can earn 1.25 hours of Illinois MCLE credit. Lectures are free for IAHA members and only $50 for non-members.

2020 IAHA Quarterly Meeting Dates - Mark your Calendar!

- March 26      - June 4 - September 10 - December 3



Thursday September 10, 2020

8:30 am to 9:45 am


Join us for our next Quarterly Lecture on Thursday September 10, 2020, when our panelists, Dr. Kelly Michelson and Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch, discuss “Ethical Issues Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic”.  

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers and departments of public health have had to grapple with and develop solutions for a host of novel issues.   How these decisions are made in an ethical manner has been a hot topic among these providers, agencies and the general public. 

Our esteemed panelists will discuss approaches to decision making about healthcare resources in times of scarcity, including crisis standards of care and distribution of scarce drugs, such as Remdesivir.   By sharing both clinical and legal perspectives, our panelists will address how decision makers frame these issues in order to reach consensus and make difficult decisions.


Quarterly Lecture Panelists:

Kelly Michelson, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics, Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an attending physician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago in the division of pediatric critical care medicine.

Dr. Michelson’s research interests include communication, decision making, palliative care, bereavement support, and ethics. Currently, her research focuses on communication and decision making among patients, family caregivers, and professional caregivers in the pediatric intensive care unit as well as in the palliative care setting. Her work uses qualitative and quantitative methods as well as patient/stakeholder engagement and community-based participatory research methods.


Professor Valerie Gutmann Koch is a Visiting Fellow at DePaul University College of Law and the Director of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and is the newly appointed Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Health Law & Policy Institute at University of Houston Law Center.  As a scholar of bioethics, public policy, and health law, Professor Koch concentrates on how medical and technological advances have informed and sometimes transformed various areas of law, identifying ways in which law and policy is – or is not – equipped to address changes in technology and practice. Previously, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and Special Advisor to the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, the state’s bioethics commission; she formerly served as the Senior Attorney to the Task Force. Following law school, she practiced in the intellectual property litigation practice at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Professor Koch earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was the co-editor of the recent developments section of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, with a focus in bioethics. Professor Koch is committed to public service, including serving as the Chair of the ABA’s Special Committee on Bioethics and the Law and Co-Chair of the Law Affinity Group for the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities.





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