Charles Dabbs, M.D., M.A., will deliver a presentation to residents in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Dabbs, a 2015 graduate of the surgery residency program, will be lecturing at the Kettering Medical Center on surgical dilemmas and the ethical debates that surround them.
Dabbs will talk about common predicaments and attempt to frame the obstacles in a way that will promote discussion. He will also promote the use of resources typically available at hospitals in the United States, such as ethics committees, that can help to reduce stress and uncertainty many health care providers experience when confronted with ethical dilemmas.
Dabbs has always had an interest in medical ethics. During his time at Northwestern University as an undergraduate student, he studied human development and psychological services. While at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, he merged those interests with the practice of medicine to earn a combined M.D.-M.A. in Bioethics and Medical Humanities.
He created and taught an introductory bioethics course in medical school. As a resident in the Department of Surgery, he served as a resident representative on the ethics committee at Miami Valley Hospital.
“Dr. Dabbs is thoughtful and articulate, which allows him the ability to discuss areas of difficulty with his patients and partners,” said Randy Woods, M.D., interim chair of the Department of Surgery. “I look forward to hearing him at Grand Rounds.”
Following Grand Rounds, Dabbs will help lead a basic science discussion with residents. He is currently in practice at Mount Carmel West in Columbus, Ohio. He also is involved with resident education at the hospital.