2022 McGehee Lecture with Dr. Jim Plews-Ogan: "The therapeutic use of self in the land of ALS"

Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium
November 17, 2022 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Organized By: Nursing Continuing Education
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Jim Plews-Ogan, M.D., M.S., is an associate professor emeritus in pediatrics. He retired abruptly in March 2022 due to a diagnosis of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.


Dr. Plews-Ogan began his career in healthcare as a public health nurse and as a primary care nurse practitioner, and practiced nursing for ten years, including the entire time he was a student at Harvard Medical School. Plews-Ogan has had a varied clinical career spanning 40 years, mostly working with underserved populations, beginning in a methadone maintenance program in New York City before working in a clinic serving migrants on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and at a teen health and Spanish clinic at the Martha Elliott Health Center in Boston’s Jamaica Plain.


At UVA, Plews-Ogan focused his academic interest and clinical practice on children with medical complexity and disability. He was a founding member of UVA’s “By Your Side Pediatrics,” a house call practice for children with medical complexity, and is the author of a number of scholarly publications devoted to the care of children with medical complexity, and has presented widely on the topic at national meetings over the course of his career.


One of the highlights of Plews-Ogan’s career has been to co-lead three interdisciplinary Jefferson Public Citizen projects with professor Cathy Campbell, chair of acute care nursing at UVA School of Nursing, and a recent MLK awardee. The two worked side-by-side with nursing and medical students in Limpopo, South Africa and, over several summers, expanded the horizons of students and faculty on two continents, leading to a number of academic presentations and publications.


Married to fellow physician Dr. Peggy Plews-Ogan for 44 years, the family established The Hummingbird Fund in response to Jim’s ALS diagnosis, which aims to end ALS through a three-pillared approach: access, innovation, and advocacy. The family and the Fund aim to end care gaps for Virginians living with ALS, accelerate innovation to improve quality of life, and advocate for legislative action and research to end ALS. Through agile grantmaking, the group works to help ALS patients and their families live full lives.


Dr. Plews-Ogan’s lecture—“The therapeutic use of self in the land of ALS”—will be delivered in the Pinn Hall Conference Center Auditorium on November 17, starting at 12 noon, followed by a Q&A session with audience members. The event is free and open to the public, and will be available via Zoom.


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