COVID and Crisis Standards of Care: Medical-Legal Implications

Friday, January 28, 2022 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatric ICU physician and senior contracted advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will discuss the implications of the current use of “Crisis Standards of Care.” Attendees will review definitions, clinical roll out and the long term ethical and moral implications.


Guest Speaker

Michael Anderson, M.D., Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response




Michael R. Anderson, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM, FAARC is a Pediatric Critical Care Physician | Health Care Executive | Child Advocate | and a nationally renowned expert in Disaster Response/Health Policy.

Dr. Anderson has served in several health care leadership roles including as the inaugural President of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco (Dec 2016 to Oct 2020), Chief Medical Officer for the University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland Ohio (2008 to 2016) as well as being appointed by various federal and state agencies to help guide pediatric emergency response and policy.

During the COVID 19 pandemic Dr Anderson was asked to join HHS full time and is currently a Senior Advisor (ctr) to the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at HHS in Washington DC. He has been charged with helping oversee a pediatric-focused response strategy, been a key leader of the COVID therapeutics workgroup and has deployed with federal teams to areas of crisis. His work on novel therapeutics under Operation Warp Speed/Federal COVID Response has focused on stakeholder engagement, product distribution and the creation of innovative infusion centers aimed at saving lives and preserving hospital capacity.

He also serves as a Senior Advisor at Children’s National Hospital in DC.

His career has focused on ensuring patients receive safe, high quality and family-centered care, while developing nationally renowned academic programs of excellence. During his UCSF Presidency, cross campus (SF and Oakland) integration advanced, key clinical and academic programs grew and a record pace of philanthropic fund raising was obtained. Some 4500 employees and a budget of $1.4 billion were under his leadership at UCSF.

From 2008 to 2016, Dr. Anderson was Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH, and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of Critical Care, he was inducted into the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2018 and became a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care in 2019. He has served as a member of Pediatric-Focused NIH review panels.

Building on his pediatric disaster advocacy agenda, Dr Anderson was appointed vice chair of the National Commission on Children and Disasters by President George W. Bush and went on to chair the National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters under the Obama Administration. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, House and the President’s Commission on Bioethics, chaired an Institute of Medicine Committee on Pediatric Disaster Response and Recovery, and worked as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his tenure at UCSF, Dr. Anderson served as a Co-PI for a $6 million grant to create one of two Centers of Excellence in Pediatric Disaster Readiness and Reponses for the Nation.

His commitment to public service has been recognized with several awards, including the Charles Hudson Career Service Award from the Cleveland Medical Association in 2014, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from John Carroll University in 2017. In 2018, Dr. Anderson was named an Executive Fellow at the University of San Francisco for his contributions to nonprofit management.

Dr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan and a pediatric critical care fellowship at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. He also holds an MBA in health care administration from the Kent State University School of Business

The program will be held live in the Law School's Moot Court Room:

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Sponsored by the CSU C|M|LAW Center for Health Law and Policy.

Category: General, Public Lectures

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