The Next 50: COVID-19 Rationing, Triage, and Refusals

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed significant problems in the way healthcare is perceived and experienced by disparate communities and individuals. This timely program will bring together experts in medicine, law and public health to explore the ethical, medical and social challenges associated with access to COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. 

The panelists will address issues such as the social determinants that pre-date COVID-19 but contribute to its disproportionate impacts, the moral distress of healthcare workers as a result of vaccine and treatment shortages, and the implications of vaccine skepticism in underserved communities.

Presented by The Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law

Co-sponsored by The Hofstra Master’s Degree Program in Bioethics and the Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy, with support from the Garfunkel Wild Thought Leadership in Action Speakers Series.


Date: Wednesday, March 10 , 2021

Time: Noon-1:15 p.m. ET

Location: Held Via Zoom

This event is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom.

Registration is required.

Registrants will be emailed a link to the Zoom session the day of the event..



Janet L. Dolgin
Jack and Freda Dicker Distinguished Professor of Health Care Law; Professor of Science Education, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine; Co-director, Hofstra Bioethics Center; Director, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy

Professor Dolgin and her colleagues at the Gitenstein Institute and the Hofstra Bioethics Center have implemented many public policy and legal service projects. These include projects aimed at (1) educating community members about advance care planning (a project implemented and operated with partners at the Northwell Health System); (2) providing legal and social services to local veterans, many of whom do not receive the benefits to which they are entitled as veterans; (3) responding to the social determinants of health and health-harming legal needs through a Medical-Legal Partnership between the law school and the Northwell Health System; and (4) offering interdisciplinary training to law and medical students as well as practicing professionals in clinical bioethics. Read more


Kerlann L. Flowers '07
Legal Director and Senior Housing Attorney, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy

Kerlann Flowers manages the operation of the MLP and supervises interdisciplinary staff of attorneys and law students, and has over 12 years of legal experience as a New York State licensed attorney. Flowers gained public relations experience while working for a premiere New York City public relations company. While working at various law firms, she gained extensive litigation experience. Read more


Renee McLeod-Sordjan
Chair and Clinical Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies; Director of Ethics Consulting Services, Northwell Health

Renee McLeod-Sordjan is Chair and Clinical Professor at Hofstra-Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. She has been recognized by AACN and the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future as a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar. In 2012, AACN recognized her as The Novice Faculty Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Practice. Her current research interests include health literacy, low English proficient patient care and EBP at end of life.      


Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo
CEO & Founder of Melanin, Medicine & Motherhood, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and attending physician at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York in the Division of General Pediatrics

Dr. Omolara Thomas Uwemedimo received her MD degree from the NYU School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center. Dr. Uwemedimo then completed the Primary Care Clinician Research Fellowship in Community Health at Columbia University and a MPH degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Read more




Joel Roselin
Co-Director, Hofstra Bioethics Center; Assistant Director, Gitenstein Institute for Health Law and Policy 





The Next 50 is a thought leadership speaker series exploring the future of the legal profession. The series is part of Hofstra Law's 50th Anniversary programming. Visit for more information.


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