IBIIS & AIMI Seminar: Ethical Challenges in the Application of AI to Healthcare

September 21, 2022 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
ZOOM: https://stanford.zoom.us/j/99191454207?pwd=N0ZYWnh1Mks0UEluOVRUZjdWNHZPUT09
Ramzi Totah

David Magnus, PhD
Thomas A Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and by courtesy of Bioengineering
Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Associate Dean for Research
Stanford University

Title: Ethical Challenges in the Application of AI to Healthcare

This presentation will focus on three issues. First, applying AI to healthcare requires access to large data sets. Data acquisition and data sharing raises a number of challenging ethical issues, including challenges to traditional understandings of informed consent, and importance of diversity and inclusion in data sources. Second, I will briefly discuss the widely discussed issues around justice and equity raised by AI in healthcare. Finally, I will discuss challenges with ethical oversight and governance, particularly in relation to research development of AI. IRB’s are prohibited from considering downstream social consequences and harms to individuals other than research participants when evaluating the harms and risks of research. This gap needs to be filled, particularly as dual uses of AI models are now recognized as a problem.

David Magnus, PhD is Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine and by Courtesy of Bioengineering at Stanford University, where he is Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and an Associate Dean of Research. Magnus is member of the Ethics Committee for the Stanford Hospital. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the IRB for the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (“All of Us”). He is the former President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, and is the Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics. He has published articles on a wide range of topics in bioethics, including research ethics, genetics, stem cell research, organ transplantation, end of life, and patient communication. He was a member of the Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology in the 21st Century and currently serves on the California Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee. He is the principal editor of a collection of essays entitled “Who Owns Life?” (2002) and his publications have appeared in New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature Biotechnology, and the British Medical Journal. He has appeared on many radio and television shows including 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, FOX news Sunday, and ABC World News and NPR. In addition to his scholarly work, he has published Opinion pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and the New Jersey Star Ledger.