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.

September 16, 2019:  The Center for Ethics in Health Care celebrates 30 Years of Leadership in Compassion, Integrity and Innovation

September 5, 2019: As the Center for Ethics in Health Care prepares to celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the OHSU Foundation featured the center in its Onward E-News publication.  Dr. Susan Tolle, was also featured in the Onward Q & A.

June 26, 2019: In a Scripps national TV story, Dr. Ron Naito educates others on the importance of delivering dire diagnoses compassionately.

June 2019: POLST: Co-Piloting, Not Hijacking, the Advance Directive co-written by Fay Blix, CELA, CAP, and Susan Tolle, MD, was recently published in the Fall 2019 National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys e-Issue. 

June 6, 2019: We are pleased to share the latest news in the Center for Ethics in Health Care in our June 2019 Newsletter and 2018-2019 Volunteer List.

Photo of Dr. Ron Naito

May 13, 2019: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is honored to announce the Ronald W. Naito Directorship in Serious Illness Education, created through the generosity of Ron Naito, MD ’78.

May 1, 2019: Perspectives in Biology and Medicine just published What We Mean When We Talk About Suffering - and Why Eric Cassell Should Not Have the Last Word, an article co-written by Tyler Tate, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Scholar in the Center for Ethics in Health Care.

April 22,2019

Congratulations to Dr. Bob Macauley, Professor of Pediatrics and Center for Ethics in Health Care Senior Scholar, on the publication of To trach or not to trach, that is the question in Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, and the publication of a piece he co-authored in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management titled, Pediatric Palliative Care in the Multicultural Context: Findings From a Workshop Conference.

Congratulations to Dr. Tyler Tate, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Center for Ethics in Health Care Senior Scholar, on the co-authored publication of Empathetic Practice: The Struggle and Virtue of Empathizing with a Patient's Suffering in the Hastings Center Report.

CFE VitalTalk Cohort 1
(From left to right) Bob Macauley, M.D., Phyllis Beemsterboer, M.S., Ed.D., John Muench, M.D., M.P.H., and Melissa Weddle, M.D., M.P.H.

April 10, 2019: Our first cohort has completed the VitalTalk 4-day train-the-trainer faculty development program for clinicians who want to become VitalTalk faculty.  This workshop teaches the faculty how to run their own Mastering Tough Conversations program at their institution. 

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.

Upcoming Events

CFE Save the Date

Join us as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care on Monday, September 16, 2019

Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97205

For more information, please contact Laura Foran

Reoccurring Center for Ethics events

All-City Palliative Care Series
Please join us for the first lecture of the 2019-2020 All-City Palliative Care Lecture Series. We are pleased to welcome two special guests from the Duke Pediatric Palliative Care team, Raymond Barfield, M.D., Ph.D., and Kristen Lakis, L.C.S.W.
Title: Spiritual and Existential Distress in Death: Meeting the Patient in their Moment of Need
Speaker(s): Raymond Barfield, M.D., & Kristen Lakis, L.C.S.W.
Date: Friday, September 27, 2019
Time: 8:00-9:00 am
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Richard Jones Hall (RJH) 4320
Parking: Parking on the OHSU campus can be difficult during peak hours. We encourage off-campus attendees to plan ahead. Visit the OHSU Parking website for additional information. If you would like to request a courtesy aerial tram pass to attend this talk, please contact Molly Willis
Click here to view the shareable event flyer.
Click here to view the yearly All-City calendar. 
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

Bioethics Study Group (BSG)
The Center for Ethics is pleased to announce the return of the Bioethics Study Group (BSG) Lecture Series. This series is a monthly gathering exploring timely ethical issues challenging the art and science of patient care. We welcome healthcare providers, students, and community members to join in the conversation and encourage attendees to invite colleagues. 
Title: Walking the Line: A Day in the Life of a Patient Advocate
Speaker(s): Melissa Monner, M.S.
Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm (feel free to bring your lunch!)
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Lanfrom Biomedical Research Building (BRB) 381
Parking: Parking on the OHSU campus can be difficult during peak hours. We encourage off-campus attendees to plan ahead. Visit the OHSU Parking website for additional information. If you would like to request a courtesy aerial tram pass to attend this talk, please contact Molly Willis
Click here to view the shareable event flyer.
Click here to view the BSG 2019-2020 yearly calendar. 
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

Upcoming Center for Ethics Events

Regional Palliative Care Conference in Coos Bay
We are pleased to host a day-long palliative care conference in collaboration with Bay Area Hospital. The conference will explore issues in end-of-life care and offer a space for networking and idea sharing. 
Title: Building Bridges in the South Coast: Improving the Care of Seriously Ill Patients.
Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 8:00 - 3:30 pm (registration: 7:30-8:00 am)
Location: Coos History Museum; 1210 N Front St., Coos Bay, OR 97420
CME: This conference offers continuing education credits for physicians, nursing, and social work (see flyer). 
Registration: $25.00 (includes lunch)
Click here to REGISTER
Click here to view the shareable conference flyer and agenda.
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

Dr. Daniel Labby Senior Clinicians' Seminar
Please join us for the 60th Dr. Daniel Labby Senior Clinicians' Seminar. This seminar focuses on three cases in which the group of attendees 
Title: Bribery and Boundaries: Navigating the Slippery Slope
Facilitator(s): Dave Clarke, M.D., & Lynn A. Jansen, Ph.D., & Donna Kim, M.D.
Date: Monday, October 7, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Casey Eye Institute; MacDonald Auditorium
Parking: Parking on the OHSU campus can be difficult during peak hours. The Center has ten complimentary parking spots reserved in parking garage E for off-campus attendees. If you would like to request to be placed on the parking list OR to request a courtesy aerial tram pass to attend this talk, please contact Molly Willis
Click here to view the shareable event flyer.
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis