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

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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


  • The Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium is pleased to welcome Sarah Jean Barton, ThD, MS, OTR/L, BCP from Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Divinity School on Thursday, February 17 from 12 -1:00PM.


  • Tuesday, March 1 from 8:00-9:00AM - As part of OHSU's DoM Grand Rounds, The Madeline Brill Nelson Speaker Series in Ethics Education is thrilled to welcome Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR. Dr. Dugdale is joining us from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and will be presenting The Lost Art of Dying.


  • 31st Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference April 28 & 29, 2022 - SAVE THE DATE
    This year's Kinsman Bioethics Conference, Ethical Struggles during the Pandemic: Reflections and the Path Forward will be held on April 28 & 29, 2022 via Webex.  More details will be available soon.