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

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.

December 27, 2021: Dr. Cliff Coleman, the Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication was quoted in a print news article in Arizona from an interview he did with Arizona Public Radio on health literacy in older adults in the time of COVID-19.

November 12, 2021: Congratulations are in order to Dr. Katie Stowers, the Ronald W. Naito Director in Serious Illness Education, on her designation as a 2021 Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (FAAHPM). This  is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member. The Academy is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine, nurses, and other healthcare providers. Congratulations Katie!

November 10, 2021: The November 2021 Center for Ethics in Health Care Newsletter is now available.

September 22, 2021: Learn more about the Center for Ethics in Health Care's work in the 2021 Impact Report.

Upcoming Events

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

October 12, 2022 - Join us at 12:00 PM for a livestream of the Center for Ethics in Health Care annual community gathering and virtually learn more about all you have made possible. More details coming soon!

More Fall 2022 Events - Coming Soon!

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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