The Kegley Institute of Ethics Presents the 9th Annual Fall Lecture Featuring Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society

Even the best-intentioned physicians will sometimes over-treat, often resulting in serious harm to patients. Couple over-treatment, and the reality that often times treatment options are driven by financial benefit – for physicians, drug companies, and hospitals – and costs skyrocket.

These are the topics Dr. Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society, will discuss in his upcoming lecture at CSU Bakersfield: "Doing Harm and Doing Good: Health Care Practices in the United States." The CSUB Kegley Institute of Ethics will host the 9th Annual Fall Lecture on Wednesday, October 9 at 7pm in the Doré Theatre at CSUB. At the end of the program, Dr. Brawley will be available for a signing of his bestselling book, How We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks about Being Sick in America.

Brawley is a world-renowned cancer expert and professor at Emory University where he teaches hematology, oncology and epidemiology. Brawley’s view of medicine and the politics of illness in America have derived from his many years in the medical field. In addition to his leadership position with the American Cancer Society, Brawley has served as the medical director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital, and as deputy director for cancer control at Winship Cancer Institute. These roles have resulted in a deep understanding of healthcare today.

In his book How We Do Harm, Dr. Brawley discusses the many near-miraculous breakthroughs in cancer treatment over the last 50 years, breakthroughs that have resulted in most cancer diagnoses no longer being a death sentence. But he also exposes the damaging practices that are happening within the medical industry, with a particular focus on oncology. His book sheds light on a variety of medical topics such as patient treatment based on payment ability and the rising healthcare costs of unnecessary and unproven treatments. In his fight against patient mistreatment, Brawley calls for a rational and compassionate approach to healthcare.

"The timing for Dr. Brawley's visit is wonderful, as we're in the midst of a national debate about what to call very early stage cell abnormalities," noted Dr. Christopher Meyers, KIE's Director. "Calling them 'cancer' typically means an industrial strength response, sometimes saving lives, sometimes causing far more harm than benefit. Dr. Brawley is the international expert on such topics and we are very proud to bring him to Bakersfield."

As part of their ongoing support, the lecture is sponsored by the San Joaquin Community Hospital and Kern Schools Credit Union and is co-sponsored by Kern Medical Center.

The program is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 6 pm in lots A, B & C. For more information about the Kegley Institute of Ethics, please visit or call 661-654-2555.

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