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When the End Comes at the Beginning - The Medical Ethical Aspects of Death and Dying in the Newborn

The Center of Mission Integration at D’Youville College invites you to join us for our inaugural lecture in an ongoing series that will address the ethical issues that challenge the 21st century medical community.

Wednesday, September 27, 4 - 5 pm in The Kavinoky Theatre

Reception following in Madonna Lounge. This event is free of charge. Free, secure parking in Lots A, B, C and D.

Event Description

Dr. Robert Dukarm is a neonatologist in Buffalo, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital. He received his medical degree from University at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

This presentation encompasses the basic ethical principles involved in taking care of critically ill newborns, as well as the specific concepts involved when an infant may not survive. Several clinical cases will be presented to illustrate the general approach to care in these situations, as well as to highlight the important topics of shared decision making, withdrawal of support and the commitment to compassionate care.

Lastly, a few landmark medical legal cases in neonatology will be discussed.


Dr. Robert Dukarm
Presenter Robert Dukarm, MD of Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY. 

For more information, please contact the Ericka Morley-Soto, Professional Program Coordinator at 716-829-7802 or email

Do you need special accommodations?

If you require special accommodations or information on accessible entrances and pathways, please call 716-829-8338.

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