Since 1989 the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care has partnered with practitioners of all health professions regionally and nationally to be a leading voice for compassionate health care.  The Center is committed to providing an ethical perspective of compassion, respect and justice to ensure that such care is delivered wisely and well.

Center for Ethics News

November 15, 2022:  Congratulations to Sara Taub on her appointment to a 6 year term on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics.   Dr. Taub is a Senior Scholar in the Center for Ethics and serves as a core faculty member in the Living With Life Threatening Illness Course. In addition she is the Pediatric content expert on the Oregon POLST Coalition. Sara was a bioethicist before she became a physician and pediatric palliative medicine physician. Prior to medical school she completed undergraduate medical training in biomedical ethics at Brown University and a Masters of Bioethics from Penn and subsequently worked as a policy analyst for the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs. The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics appointment allows Sara to return to ethics policy work in a new way in her chosen field of Pediatrics and to do so in her role as a physician.

October 18. 2022:  Congratulations to Dr. Rie Kimura, who was inducted into the American College of Dentists at its annual session in Houston, Texas on October 13, 2022. Dr. Kimura holds an ethics fellowship certificate from the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care. She is currently the dental ethics lead at Kaiser Permanente Dental Associates in Portland Oregon.         
The mission of the American College of Dentists is to advance excellence, ethics, professionalism, and leadership in dentistry. Approximately 4% of US dentists are elected in to this non-profit, professional organization which grants fellowship to those who have done meritorious work.

October 10, 2022: Learn more about the Center for Ethics in Health Care's work in the 2022 Impact Report.

June 6, 2022: Our immense gratitude goes out to our many volunteers in the latest Center for Ethics in Health Care newsletter.

April 29, 2022: Thank you for joining us at the 31st Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference. Featured speaker presentations and conference materials can be found on the Kinsman Bioethics Conference webpage. We hope you can join us at next year's conference in Lebanon, Oregon.  Save the Date!

March 28, 2022: The Center for Ethics in Health Care at OHSU is delighted to welcome Dr. Maureen Kelley as the Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education. Dr. Kelley has a distinguished career in bioethics, most recently serving as Professor of Bioethics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, where her research, teaching and advisory work focused on ethics and women’s and children’s health. 

February 17, 2022: Congratulations to Dr. Katie Stowers, the Ronald W. Naito Director in Serious Illness Education on her 2021 VitalTalk Faculty Leadership Award in recognition of the teaching she has done with VitalTalk, her dedication to innovation within course development projects, and her leadership in the design of post-course learning modules.  Dr. Stowers is a dedicated Distinguished Faculty Trainer and Course Director and has facilitated over two dozen Powered By VitalTalk courses within OHSU.

February 9, 2022: The latest news from the Center for Ethics in Health Care can be found in the February 2022 Newsletter.

Upcoming Events

For questions regarding any of the upcoming events, please email Please also note that all times referenced below are in pacific time (PT).

November 18, 2022  8:00AM - The Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium presents "Doctor/Patient Communication and Down Syndrome: Parental Guidance Recommended" by Dr. Hughes Evans, Professor of General Pediatrics at Emory University.  This virtual presentation kicks of the 2022-2023 OBHC series.

December 9, 2022 8:00AM - The Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium presents " When Words Are Not Enough: Graphic Memoir and Mental Health" by Dr. Mary E. Wood, Professor of English at the University of Oregon.  This virtual presentation is the second in the 2022-2023 OBHC series

April 20 & 21, 2023 - The Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference presented by the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care and Legacy Health SAVE THE DATE

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