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.

Ron Naito MD
Ron Naito, MD

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

The 2018-2019 All-City Palliative Care Lecture Series has concluded. The series will resume in October 2019 for the 2019-2020 series.
If you or if you would like to nominate a colleague to speak in the 2019-2020 All-City Palliative Care Lecture Series, please contact Molly Willis

Bioethics Study Group (BSG)

The 2018-2019 Bioethics Study Group Lecture Series has concluded. The series will resume in October 2019 for the 2019-2020 series.
If you or if you would like to nominate a colleague to speak in the 2019-2020 All-City Palliative Care Lecture Series, please contact Molly Willis

Thank you for your continued support of the Center for Ethics's reoccurring programs. We look forward to seeing you again in the fall!