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CMHS Seminar to Focus on Physician and Patient Boundaries

Ventura, California, 10/28/2015

Physician and patient boundaries – Should your doctor be your friend? - will be the focus of a free Ethics in Healthcare event Community Memorial Health System is holding on Thursday Nov. 12 as part of the 2015 Speaker Series.

James Hornstein, M.D., chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Community Memorial Hospital, will moderate the panel discussion that will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Ventura County, located at 100 E. Main St. in Ventura.

The presentations will explore some of the historical boundaries in the doctor-patient relationship that are meant to protect patient confidentiality, trust in the profession and avoid compromised clinical judgment.

Topics to be discussed with featured speakers will be:

  • Did Friendship Kill Michael Jackson?, by Alon Steinberg, M.D., cardiologist
  • Should Patients and Doctors Have Sex?, by Sarah Shah, M.D., psychiatrist
  • L.A. vs. West Ventura – Small Town Medicine is More Personal, by Tom McBreen, M.D., family practice
  • Ethical Boundaries with Regard to Treating Your Family, Theresa Drought, PhD, RN, Medical Bioethics Director, Kaiser Permanente

Registration is free but reservations are required. Call 1-800/838-3006, or visit