Vegetative State and Related Disorders

Mar 18, 2009

Presenter: Edward J. Dropcho, MD


  1. Identify the pathophysiology, diagnostic criteria, and clinical outcomes for vegetative state, minimally conscious state, and related disorders
  2. Review current legal and ethical issues for persons in vegetative state or other chronic disorders of consciousness
  3. Review current neuroimaging techniques relating to the pathophysiology and management of persons with chronic disorders of consciousness

Please note that this video is for informational purposes only and is not for CE/CME credit.


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Dr. Edward J. Dropcho is a professor in the Department of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine.  He is the director of the Neuro-Oncology Program at the IU Simon Cancer Center and a member of the Section on Ethics of the American Academy of Neurology. He received his MD from the University of Chicago, completed a residency in Neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and completed a fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.   

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of IU Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community. 

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