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The 31st Annual Dolan Lecture

The Dolan Lecture Committee

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

The 31st Annual Dolan Lecture

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An evening with Andrew Wolf, MD, Association Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine

5:30 - Pre-reception

6:00-7:30 - Lecture with Q&A

Reception immediately following in the Virginia Hospital Center atrium.

The Virginia Hospital Center

Prostate Cancer Screening: a Paradigm for Prioritizing Patient Preferences

Screening for disease is one of the main reasons people visit their health care providers, and being diagnosed with late-stage cancer is one of the biggest health-related fears we harbor. So why involve patients in the decision whether to screen for cancer? Isn’t this the doctor’s job?

Guest lecturer Andrew Wolf, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia and author of national prostate, colon, breast, and lung cancer guidelines, will explain why it is vital for patients to know what they’re getting into for many of the now “routine” screens that patients -- and their doctors -- often take for granted. Dr. Wolf will focus on prostate cancer screening as a paradigm, but many of the same concerns apply to the other cancers for which screening is routine, particularly breast cancer and, for smokers, lung cancer screening.

Dr. Wolf’s lecture will address both the benefits, as well as the risks, burdens, and uncertainties involved in cancer screening that are often not considered by either health care providers or their patients. He will introduce the concepts of “overdiagnosis” and “overtreatment” – finding and treating early cancers through screening that were never destined to become symptomatic or harm the patient but nevertheless lead to treatment with its incumbent risks and harms. He will emphasize the importance of integrating patient values into the screening decision, and will describe strategies for doing this in the context of the office visit.

As a practicing internist, Dr. Wolf will sprinkle patient vignettes throughout his lecture to “keep it real,” and will provide examples of decision aids that have been developed to make patients more informed consumers before they make a decision as “routine” as cancer screening that could dramatically alter their lives – for better or worse.

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Further details at the Dolan Lecture Series website.


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The John T. Hazel, M.D. Conference Center
The Virginia Hospital Center
1701 N George Mason Dr
Arlington, VA 22205

Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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The Dolan Lecture Committee

The William D. Dolan, M.D. Annual Lecture Endowment Fund was established to honor a man who devoted his life to making the Arlington Hospital, that is now known as the Virginia Hospital Center, one of the finest community hospitals in the country.

It is our hope that this annual lecture will be a lasting tribute to Bill Dolan’s dedication to the highest standards of medical care, his commitment to physician education and, above all, his deep personal concern for patients.

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