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.

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: Ethical Issues in Clinical Genetics and Genomics
Summary: The discussion will revolve around ethical dilemmas in the current era of genetic testing, including direct to consumer testing, research data usage and sharing with third parties (privacy/confidentiality), predictive testing of children, duty to warn, and right to know and right not to know. 
Speaker(s): Susan Olson, Ph.D.
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
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 event flyer. 
Click here to view the BSG 2019-2020 yearly calendar. 
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

All-City Palliative Care Series
Title: Decreasing Suffering in those with Dementia: Recognizing Suffering and Providing Palliation at End-of-Life
Speaker(s): Maureen Nash, MD, MS, FAPA, FACP
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Time: 8:00-9:00 am
Location: Providence Portland Medical Center, Robert W. Franz Cancer Center
Parking: Glisan Parking Garage
Click here to view the shareable December All-City flyer.
Click here to view the yearly All-City calendar. 
Additional questions, contact Molly Willis

Upcoming Center for Ethics Events

Stay tuned for updates!