The East Bay Chapter of the Haas Alumni Network is excited to host a presentation by Lael Conway Duncan, MD, Medical Director, and co-founder of Good Medicine Consult & Advocacy Services, on the topic of “Advance Healthcare Directives: Why They May Not Work When You Need Them, & Other Essentials You Need To Know.

Lael Conway DuncanAdvance healthcare directives are frequently prepared from forms or by attorneys with limited experience applying them in health crises. Dr. Duncan discusses the essential (and frequently overlooked) medical perspective. She will explain what happens when advance directives are applied in medical crises. Hear how to develop advance directives with clear and unambiguous language that will ensure medical providers accurately carry out your wishes.

At Good Medicine Dr. Duncan works with a group of doctors and nurses who are dedicated to filling the gaps in our complex medical system. They advocate for patients and families, provide support during crises, provide counseling and unbiased insights, and offer specialized services such as referrals, research and second opinions. Good Medicine also helps individual providers and medical teams deliver high quality, patient-centered care.

Date: Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Refreshments: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, wine & appetizers on the Sky Room deck with spectacular sunset views of the East Bay and San Francisco

Presentation: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, including Q&A with Dr. Duncan

Piedmont Gardens, in the Sky Room
110 41st Street
Oakland, CA 94611

Complimentary Valet Parking will be available at the 41st Street entrance from 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm

Alumni & Guests – $12
Students – $8

Wine, appetizers, and refreshments will be served

About Dr. Duncan:
Lael Conway Duncan, MD is co-founder and Medical Director of Good Medicine Consult & Advocacy Services, PC in San Francisco, CA. She specializes in medical care planning, advance care planning, and decision support, and is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She has practice experience in hospital epidemiology and infection control, long term care and rehabilitation and has worked in a wide range of clinical settings. She graduated with honors from the University of Washington Medical School in 1991 and completed her residency training at Dartmouth Medical Center in New Hampshire.

About Aging Essentials:
The Aging Essentials speaker series is an ongoing program dedicated to conveying essential information about aging to SF Bay Area seniors and their adult children. Its mission is to help seniors and their families better understand the requirements of aging so that they are prepared to make well-informed decisions when urgent life events occur, and time is limited.

About Good Medicine:
Good Medicine is a team of healthcare professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area committed to the emerging field of private medical advocacy and guidance. They advocate for patients and families, and provide counseling and support services to ensure patients receive high quality medical care. For more information go to, or call (415) 865-0300.

About Piedmont Gardens:
Piedmont Gardens has been a senior retirement living destination in Oakland for more than 40 years. It is a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) delivering active lifestyles, independence, security, and convenience for over 400 seniors. Piedmont Gardens is owned by ABHOW, a nonprofit provider of retirement housing and senior health care services. For more information go to or call (510) 596-2600.

For questions, contact:
Bill Kammerer:


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