General Law

End of Life Option Act

In the fall of 2015, California became the fifth state in the nation to legalize physician aid-in-dying. The End of Life Option Act was signed into law amid high approval among Californians, even across party and demographic lines, but many physicians and health care systems remain deeply ambivalent about the law. In this presentation, the speakers will provide an overview of the law and describe the questions and challenges that arise for individual physicians and for health care systems in its implementation.

Dr. Andrew Wagner
Memorial Hospice

Dr. Andrew Wagner is a Board Certified Family Physician as well as being Board Certified as a Hospice and Palliative Care Physician. He graduated medical school from the University of California at Irvine and completed his Family Medicine Residency at San Jose Hospital, affiliated with Stanford University. Dr. Wagner worked at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa California for almost 15 years where he served in various roles including the Chief of the Family Medicine Department and the Chief of Physician Continuing Medical Education and Patient Education. He also served as one of the core physicians providing care to patients with AIDS during the crisis years and was a member of their ethics committee. He left Kaiser in 2000, to pursue a practice in Integrative Medicine, and studied with Rachel Remen, MD of the Institute for the Study Health and Illness, ISHI. He has been a co-facilitator for a 20 year ongoing physician group, “Finding Meaning in Medicine”. Dr. Wagner has studied Interactive Guiding Imagery and uses this unique tool for empowering patients in their own healing process. For the last 7 years Dr. Wagner has been working at Memorial Hospice in Santa Rosa, and doing palliative care consultations at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, a regional trauma center. He is the physician facilitator for the Schwartz Rounds and Co-Director of the Ethics Resource Service. Dr. Wagner has lectured widely on communication issues and one of his central themes is “Healing at the End of Life”.


Sarah Hooper
Executive Director of UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium and Adjunct Professor

Ms. Hooper is the Executive Director of the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy and Adjunct Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law. Through the Consortium, she develops interprofessional programs for faculty and students, including educational curricula and degrees, joint research, and clinical training and service programs. In particular, Ms. Hooper led the Consortium’s effort to establish the Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors clinic (MLPS) and is now working to expand its reach to include additional direct service sites, educational outreach in the community, and research and policy initiatives. Ms. Hooper’s research focuses on legal issues in aging and dementia care, including health care decision making and informed consent, capacity, elder financial abuse, the link between health and access to civil justice, and models of comprehensive and coordinated care. Ms. Hooper teaches or has taught “Law of End of Life Care,” “Medical-Legal Partnership for Seniors Seminar”, “Concentration in Law & Health Science Seminar”, “Health Law: Research Compliance & Ethics” and “Master of Studies in Law for Healthcare Providers Seminar” at UC Hastings and is a frequent guest lecturer at UCSF

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Time: Check-In: 3:45 pm; Presentation: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Dr. Andrew Wagner, Memorial Hospice
Sarah Hooper, Executive Director of UCSF / UC Hastings Consortium and Adjunct Professor

Place: NEW ADDRESS: SCBA, 111 Santa Rosa Ave., Ste. 222, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Cost: $55–SCBA Members; $70–Public

MCLE: 1.5 Unit Participatory Credit in General Law

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