Susan Tolle, M.D., awarded MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics

Susan Tolle, M.D.

The 2014 MacLean Center Prize in Clinical Ethics was presented to Susan Tolle, M.D., at the 26th annual Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference in Chicago earlier this month. Tolle, a professor of medicine at OHSU and director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, is one of the founders of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) movement in Oregon. The MacLean Prize, an award of $50,000, is the largest award in the clinical medical ethics field. Tolle is putting her prize money back into the OHSU’s Center for Ethics in Health Care, which she directs, becoming the first MacLean Center recipient to donate her award money.

The MacLean Center, which pioneered the formal study of clinical medical ethics in the early 1980s, has the world’s largest clinical medical ethics program for health care providers. Read more about Dr. Tolle’s award in The Oregonian.

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  1. Ethics around end of life care is so important. The emphasis on clarifying patient desires and education on following those stated desires is such honorable work. I appreciate someone making this a life focus. I also am so impressed with Dr. Tolle’s donation of her award money to the Center. Aren’t we all lucky to have her in Oregon!?!

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