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LWEW- Disease or Normal Variation: Who Decides? with Michael J. Goldberg, MD (2:00)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM
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Disease or Normal Variation: Who Decides? with Michael J. Goldberg, MD

Being diagnosed with a disease can be life altering. It can change the way we perceive ourselves, how others perceive us and how we interact with the world. But who decides if we have a disease or we’re just not “average”. Join Dr. Michael Goldberg – Professor Emeritus, Tufts University School of Medicine – for an exploration, using illustrations from classical art to popular movies, of how perceptions of disease change through time; how our biases and beliefs inform that decision; and the moral and ethical challenges posed by today’s genetic technology.

Michael J. Goldberg, MD is a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who retired after 50 years of clinical practice at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Seattle Childrens Hospital in Seattle WA. His major clinical interests were in the diagnosis and management of children with genetic syndromes, complex birth defects and rare bone diseases. His outcomes research focused on answering the questions: Are we helping and how do we know? He is Professor Emeritus at Tufts University School of Medicine and the first Scholar-in-Residence at The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. He held leadership positions in national and international professional medical societies. Michael is an alumnus of Cornell University, State University of New York College of Medicine, and post-graduate residencies at Columbia and Harvard. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Beacon Hill Village and previously served on the Board of The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, the oldest and one of the largest child welfare agencies in the United States, and on the Board of Camp Korey in Mount Vernon, Washington, a camp for children with life altering medical conditions.


This virtual program is presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library, as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Living Well Ending Well series. Closed captioning will be available on Zoom. 

Advance online registration required here by clicking "Register Now" at top-right (BHV members must log in before registering) or by calling Beacon Hill Village at 617-723-9713. Registrants will receive a reminder and Zoom webinar invitation the day prior to the program. 

Virtual webinar format; on Zoom. Free and open to the public.