Ryan R. Nash, MD, MA

Hagop S. Mekhjian, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics and Professionalism & Director | The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics

Ryan Nash

Ethical Considerations for Opioid Prescribing: Patient Needs Versus Public Health

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Breakout Session 2A

Session Abstract

Opioids have become a national epidemic. As we continue to learn new information that affects how and when we use opioids, the complexity of using them effectively and safely still remains. In this session, Dr. Nash will dive into the history of opioids and how we got to where we are today. He will also focus on the tension that exists between treating patients' pain while not contributing to drug abuse and diversion, and discuss the ethical issues that inherently arise throughout this type of treatment.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recall a brief history of the use of opioids in medical practice
  • Summarize the severity of the current opioid epidemic
  • Describe practical guidance to safely navigate opioid prescribing
Ryan Nash

Speaker Bio

Dr. Ryan R. Nash, MD, MA, is the director of The Ohio State University Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. He is an associate professor of medicine and holds the Hagop Mekhjian, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics and Professionalism at the College of Medicine. In addition to practicing palliative medicine, Dr. Nash is a clinical bioethics consultant and healthcare ethics advisor for the OSU Medical Center. He is an active educator and administrator.

Dr. Nash is the editor of the Ohio State University Press book series on bioethics and medical humanities. He serves on editorial boards of the journals HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum (Springer) and Christian Bioethics (Oxford University Press). In addition, he serves on the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (Elsevier) and the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy (Oxford University Press). Dr. Nash has published one book, three book chapters, and several essays related to bioethics and has presented numerous scientific papers and invited lectures at national and international meetings. In addition, he currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Nash came to the OSU from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine (UAB), where he served as the director of ethics education, chair of clinical ethics, and director of the Palliative Care Leadership Center (a partnership between the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care). While in Alabama, Dr. Nash also served as chief of staff of the Jefferson County Health System and Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. He is also currently an adjunct professor of bioethics at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University in Illinois.

Dr. Nash received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and his master's degree in bioethics from Trinity International University. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical School, a fellowship in palliative medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and was a fellow and visiting scholar at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Nash has been recognized as a fellow of the American College of Physicians, fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, and fellow in the Academy of Fellows of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity. He has repeatedly been named to the “America’s Best Doctors” and “World’s Best Doctors” lists.