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 news

February 5, 2019: The February 2019 Center for Ethics in Health Care Newsletter is hot of the press!

January 31, 2019: Following years of research that demonstrated feeding tubes can harm patients with dementia, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has published an OHSU guest opinion recommending patient preference for feeding tubes be excluded from Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, forms

January 23, 2019: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is pleased to welcome Dr. Katie Stowers as the Director of Serious Illness Education.

November 28, 2018: Eran Klein, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology and a senior scholar in the Center for Ethics in Health Care, is part of a team from the University of Washington that received a $1.5M grant to study the ethics of neurotechnology research.

November 26, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Jansen, Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education, on the publication of the extended essay Drawing the line on physician-assisted death, in the Journal of Medical Ethics on which she is a co-author.

November 21, 2018: More Oregonians sharing end-of-life wishes with POLST

September 17, 2018Storms Family Foundation gift supports expansion of healthcare education   An additional endowment grant from the Storms Family Foundation will enable the Center for Ethics in Health Care to expand the Program in Compassionate Communication, benefiting students and practitioners throughout health care.

August 10, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Sam Muramoto, Senior Scholar with the Center for Ethics in Health Care, on his publication, Solving the Socratic Problem - A Contribution from Medicine in the Mouseion: Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, 2018.

July 18, 2018:  Barbara Glidewell, Senior Scholar with the Center for Ethics in Health Care has been awarded the rank of Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine. This comes on the heels of being inducted into the Beaverton High School (BHS) Lifetime Hall of Achievement earlier this year. We congratulate Barbara on her award and express our gratitude for her continuing achievements as an outstanding teacher with the Center for Ethics in Health Care.

July 17, 2018: Dr. Gary Chiodo has been appointed Interim Dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, effective August 1, 2018.  Dr. Chiodo is currently as Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics in Health Care and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Community Dentistry.  He is expected to serve as Interim Dean for at least two years before the university conducts a search for a new permanent Dean. 

July 11, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Lynn Jansen, the Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education, on her promotion to the rank of Professor, in the Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics!

June 26, 2018Dr. Joan Teno Talks Innovation in Care of the Seriously Ill

June 19, 2018Oregon Regional and Statewide Conferences Report 1989-2018

New POLST Video Now Available: "POLST: When is the Right Time?"       

May 11, 2018: Congratulations to Dr. Terri Schmidt on receiving the 2018 Esther Pohl Lovejoy Leadership Award

Reoccurring Center for Ethics events

All-City Palliative Care Series

Title: A Positive Approach to Improving Communication
Summary: This lecture will explore factors that contribute to the individual as a communicator. Dr. Stowers will also describe positive teaching methods that can facilitate the development of effective communication skills. 
Speaker: Katie Stowers, D.O.
Date: Friday, March 1, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Location: Adventist Health; 10123 SE Market St., Amphitheatre C; Lower level
View the shareable event flyer. 
All-City 'At-a-glance' yearly schedule.
Contact Molly Willis with questions. 

Bioethics Study Group (BSG)

Title: What do we Mean When we Talk about Suffering?
Summary: In this talk, Dr. Tate will analyze the dominant modes of conceptualizing suffering in medical practice and biomedical ethics, with a special focus on palliative care practice. The discussion will also include a practical framework for conceptualizing subjective patient suffering.
Speaker: Tyler Tate, M.D., M.A.
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Lanfrom Biomedical Research Building (LBRB) 381
OHSU campus map (LBRB is G3 on map)
View the shareable event flyer.
BSG series yearly schedule
Contact Molly Willis with questions

Upcoming Events

The Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education
as part of the OHSU Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Title: Doing Better Together: Communication and Serious Illness
Speaker(s): Anthony Back, M.D. and Katie Stowers, D.O. 
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; University Hospital 8b60 auditorium
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Contact Molly Willis to request a complimentary Aerial tram pass.

Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference
Title: Raising Voices: The Ethics of Dialogue and Communication in Health Care
Keynote Speaker: Autumn Fiester, Ph.D.
Date: Thursday - Friday,  April 11-12, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 5:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)
Location: Hotel Eugene Conference Center; 66 East 6th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401
For further details and to register for the conference, click here to be re-directed to the conference webpage.

The 59th Dr. Daniel Labby Senior Clinicians' Seminar
Title: Eschew Obfuscation: The Challenges of Clear Communication in Health Care
Summary: This seminar is open to all members of the health community. Dr. Clarke will open the session by exploring the concepts of medical jargon and the ways healthcare professionals can effectively communicate with patients. The seminar will also include interactive group work.
Facilitator: David Clarke, M.D. 
Date: Monday, May 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Casey Eye Institute; MacDonald Auditorium (3375 SW Terwilliger Blvd)
Details: Coffee and pastries will be served.
Click here to view the shareable event flyer.
Contact Molly Willis to request a complimentary parking spot in Garage E (spots are limited!).