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

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

June 17, 2021: Read the latest Center for Ethics in Health Care news in the June 2021 newsletter which is dedicated to all of our wonderful volunteers. 

April 7, 2021: In a newly published editorial in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Aligning POLST Orders with Wishes: Time to Put Evidence into Practice, Dr. Susan Tolle demonstrates how Oregon utilizes quality data to guide the implementation of interventions. More information can be found on the Oregon POLST website. 

March 2, 2021: The first Hasting Center's Report of 2021 features articles from Dr. Lynn Jansen, the Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education, and Dr. Tyler Tate, Director of Professionalism and Comfort Care.  Dr. Jansen's publication is Weighted Lotteries and the Allocation of Scarce Medications for Covid-19.  Dr. Tate's publication is When Following the Rules Feels Wrong. Congratulations to Dr. Jansen and Dr. Tate!

March 1, 2021: Dr. Cliff Coleman, the inaugural Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication, was featured on OPB's "Think Out Loud" discussing the vaccine hesitancy he has heard from his patients, and what doctors can do to address it.

February 23, 2021: Congratulations to Dr. Cliff Coleman, on the publication of his manuscript outlining the elements of Health Literacy and Clear Communication Best Practices for Telemedicine and continuing his nationally recognized work in Health Literacy.

February 19, 2021: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is pleased to share the February 2021 Newsletter and Donor Honor Roll for 2020.

January 6, 2021:  We are delighted to welcome Dr. Cliff Coleman as the inaugural Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication, starting July 1, 2021. The search committee for the Storms Chair unanimously endorsed offering Dr. Coleman the position after listening to him present his vision for the chair and what the Program in Compassionate Communication can become. His vision is expansive and enhances the work of Dr. Katie Stowers, the Ronald W. Naito Director in Serious Illness Education. Dr. Coleman brings nationally and internationally recognized expertise in the area of health literacy and shares our passion for improving communication skills across all health care disciplines.

 January 6, 2021: The January 2021 Center for Ethics in Health Care Newsletter is now available.

Upcoming Events

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

For those interested in viewing the presentation recordings of the 2021 Kinsman Bioethics Conference's Keynote Speaker, Dr. Monica E. Peek, from the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, please click HERE


  • Friday, October 22 from 8-9AM, OHSU School of Medicine's Director of Narrative Medicine, Elizabeth Lahti, MD, will be presenting Shifting the Lens: Storytelling for Solidarity, in the Compassion and Solidarity: Enhancing Ethical Medical Care in Oregon and Beyond lecture series.
    • You can register, view the upcoming presentation dates, and gain CEU information on the series flyer. You can also view past recordings of presentations by visiting the series webpage