New ‘Top Docs’ addresses medically ineffective/inappropriate treatment

The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses medically ineffective/inappropriate treatment – and it features Anna Skold, M.D., M.P.H., an internist and palliative care physician with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, and Kathy Kinlaw, the associate director of the Emory University Center for Ethics and an assistant professor of Pediatrics with the Emory School of Medicine.

They discuss…

– Medically ineffective/inappropriate treatment
– Why the profession is moving away from “medically futile” terminology
– Addressing “medically ineffective” treatment with patients and family members
– What’s being done to address these issues in Georgia
– How these issues can affect physicians and allied health care professionals 

Dr. Skold is the team lead for Kaiser Permanente’s clinic-based palliative care program in Georgia, she serves in numerous leadership roles in the ethics arena for Kaiser Permanente at the state and national levels, and she is a member of the Medical Association of Atlanta’s Board of Directors. Dr. Skold has a medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and she completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in palliative medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Kinlaw serves as the lead ethicist for Emory Healthcare, she chairs the Emory University Hospital Ethics Committee, she teaches clinical ethics at Emory, and she is the director of the Healthcare Ethics Consortium – which is a regional network of health care systems. Kinlaw has advanced degrees in religious ethics and bioethics from Emory’s Candler School of Theology, she conducted an internship at the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Bioethics, and she completed a fellowship in Perinatal Ethics through Emory. It is also worth noting that Kinlaw was a member of the Georgia Composite Medical Board for eight years. 

Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ – which won an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award  and a Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Awards award in 2019 – has now reached more than 700,000 listeners and viewers, which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

‘Top Docs’ is supported with a grant from Alliant Health Solutions in memory of Tom Williams, its former CEO.

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ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM ‘Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units’ policy statement

Society of Critical Care Medicine Ethics Committee ‘Defining Futile and Potentially Inappropriate Interventions’ policy statement

Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare

Georgia’s POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) form

Healthcare Ethics Consortium ‘Critical Conditions Planning Guide’

MAG ‘Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments’ policy statement (passed by MAG’s Board of Directors in January 2019)

The views of the guests who appear on the ‘Top Docs’ show are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.