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.

Doris and Mark Storms

January 15, 2020: Dr. David Clarke, Assistant Director with the Center for Ethics in Health Care, and moderator of the Dr. Daniel Labby Senior Clinicians Seminar has just co-authored a book titled, Psychophysiological Disorders: Trauma Informed, Interprofessional Diagnosis and Treatment.

December 12, 2019: The Center for Ethics in Health Care is deeply honored to announce the establishment of the Doris and Mark Storms Chair in Compassionate Communication endowed by the Storms Family Foundation.

The Center for Ethics in Health Care has begun a national recruitment for the inaugural chair.

 November 19, 2019: The latest Center for Ethics in Health Care news can be found in our November 2019 Newsletter.  

November 18, 2019: Learn more about the Center for Ethics in Health Care.

September 30, 2019: Dr. Lynn Jansen, the Madeline Brill Nelson Chair in Ethics Education was recently interviewed by Dr. Vinay Prasad on his Plenary Session podcast, on the therapeutic misconception, optimism bias, and a deep discussion of the ethics of consenting patients for enrollment in early-phase clinical research trials.

September 16, 2019:  The Center for Ethics in Health Care reflects on 30 Years and 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. 

Reoccurring Center for Ethics events

Bioethics Study Group (BSG)
Title: Humpty Dumpty and the Medical Model of Disability
Summary: The medical model of disability could not put Humpty Dumpty together again. This conversation will explore issues that arise when the medical model of disability makes assumptions about the quality of life of a patient after the traumatic onset of disability. We will also explore the role that the disabilities communities play to enrich medical assumptions about quality of life through the use of community health workers with disabilities.
Speaker(s): West Livaudais, M.P.H.
Date: Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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 flyer. 
Click here to view the BSG 2019-2020 yearly calendar. 
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

All-City Palliative Care Series
Title: Improving Outcomes and Value in Lung Cancer Care: Palliative and End-of-Life Care in the Veterans Health Administration
Speaker(s): Don Sullivan, M.D., M.A., M.C.R.
Date: Friday, January 10, 2020
Time: 8:00-9:00 am
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Richard Jones Hall (RJH) 4340
Parking: See OHSU parking website for additional planning.
Click here to view the shareable January All-City flyer.
Click here to view the yearly All-City calendar. 
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

Upcoming Center for Ethics Events

Madeline Brill Nelson (MBN) Speaker Series in Ethics Education
Guest Lecturer: Peter Ubel, MD
Title: Sick to Debt: How Smarter Markets Lead to Better Care
Objectives:

  • Explore the rationale for high out-of-pocket insurance plans
  • Discuss flaws in the idea that such plans “empower patients” as healthcare consumers
  • Explore alternative insurance design that constrains spending while helping patients pay for high value care

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Time: 8:00-9:00 am
Location: OHSU Marquam Hill; Main Hospital; 8th floor, 8b60 auditorium 
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 Megan Spickerman or Molly Willis and include the mailing address.
Click here to view the shareable event flyer.
Additional questions, contact Megan Spickerman  or Molly Willis

30th Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference 
Click here to be redirected to the web-page dedicated to the conference.