Dialogue on Dementia: “Ethical Dilemmas in Dementia Diagnosis and Care”

Event Date & Time

January 11, 2019 at 5:00-6:30pm


Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute, First Floor Auditorium, 8403 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229

Event Details:
Join the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio as we bring you renowned physicians and scientists for a robust educational series called “Dialogue on Dementia”.

Learn more about the many facets of dementia and about groundbreaking research on the onset and advancement of dementia, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.


“Ethical Dilemmas in Dementia Diagnosis and Care"

Having dementia or caring for someone who has dementia often means experiencing new situations and challenges. Join us as we discuss the ethical dilemmas sometimes faced by people with dementia and their caregivers.


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About the Speaker(s)

Ruth Berggren, MD

Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics

Ruth Berggren, M.D., FACP, directs the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at UT Health San Antonio. In this role, she teaches ethics and professionalism while nurturing empathy and humanitarian values. The Center focuses on four areas: ethics and professionalism; global health; community service learning; and the medical humanities (literature, music and art).

Board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases, Dr. Berggren has extensive experience in clinical AIDS and viral hepatitis care and research, as well as HIV care in resource-poor settings. At UT Southwestern Medical Center, she pioneered a program for the treatment of hepatitis C in individuals co-infected with HIV. As a faculty member at Tulane University, she founded a program preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV in rural Haiti. Today, she sees patients with and without insurance in San Antonio, where she continues to experience firsthand the ethical dilemmas faced by physicians working in the U.S. health care system. She has a particular interest in addressing barriers to health care access, health disparities and medical error.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology with high honors from Oberlin College, followed by an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Colorado, where she was a Division of AIDS Fellow funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Berggren is the Marvin Forland, M.D., Distinguished Professor in Medical Ethics, and she holds the James J. Young Chair for Excellence in Medical Education.