Kidney Health Education and Research Group at MMAC’s First Annual Bioethics Conference

  • Speakers on the panel
    Speakers on the panel
  • Speakers on the panel
    Speakers on the panel
  • Full house at the conference
    Full house at the conference
  • Speakers on the panel
    Speakers on the panel

The Kidney Health Education and Research Group is proud to have sponsored the Muslim Medical Association of Canada’s First Annual Bioethics Conference, at Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto on Sunday April 30th, 2017. The conference aimed to provide healthcare practitioners in Canada with a review of common bioethical issues from an Islamic perspective that impact Muslim patients’ healthcare decisions. The conference was attended by 4 members of the team: Dr. Istvan Mucsi, Abeera Ali, Ali Ayub, Tibyan Ahmed.

The conference featured a wide range of topics and speakers:
  • Introduction to Islamic Medical Bioethics: Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury (Emergency Physician (Australia) and Founder of Mercy Mission)
  • Reproduction and Women’s Health: Dr. Lamiaa Migahed (Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist), Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina (Author, Islamic Bioethics and Professor in Islamic Studies, George Mason University, Virginia)
  • Ethics of Organ Donation: Dr. Naweed Raza (Otolaryngologist, Fellowship in Bioethics) with discussion led by: Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury and Dr. Naweed Raza
  • End of Life Care and Medical Aid in Dying: Dr. James Downar (Intensive Care and Palliative Care Specialist), Dr. Ahmed Al-Awamer (Palliative Care Physician), Dr. Shabbir Alibhai (Geriatric Medicine Specialist)
  • Conscientious Objection: Dr. Wael Haddara (Intensive Care Specialist and Endocrinologist, Western University, London)
The Kidney Health Education and Research Group embraces diversity within Canada. We are dedicated towards a better understanding of cultural differences in approaches to healthcare and working with patients to accommodate their specific needs. Our previous studies have shown that South Asian Canadians, many of whom are Muslim, are about half as likely to receive living donor kidney transplant compared to Caucasians. These inequities in access to living donor kidney transplant constitutes a substantial ethical concern. The Kidney Health Education and Research Group seeks to partner with organizations such as the MMAC to understand the ethical dilemma of organ transplant from an Islamic perspective in order to develop programs designed to better address our patients’ needs.
We were present at the conference at the Kidney Health Education and Research Group’s booth, engaging with the Muslim community at the conference. The success of the event was heartening to see and we hope to continue working in collaboration with the Muslim healthcare community to do our part in helping Muslim patients suffering from kidney failure understand the healthcare options available for them.

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