Kinsman Bioethics Conference

The annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference was established in 1989 through an endowment from the late John Kinsman. The conference convenes leaders in ethics from across the state and is hosted by a different city in Oregon each year.  The conference is a collaborative partnership, designed to draw on and nurture the strengths of each community it serves. Breakout sessions promote shared learning among medical facilities throughout the region and offer powerful new tools for improvements in health care ethics. Many times, the conference is also a special time for attendees to build collaborative relationships and an opportunity to mentor and support future leaders in the field.

2023 Annual Kinsman Bioethics Conference

The 2023 Kinsman Bioethics Conference, "The Time is Always Ripe to Do Right:” How Bioethics Can Serve the Common Good will be held on April 20 & 21, 2023 in-person at the Boulder Falls Inn Event Center, Lebanon, OR.

To learn more about the program, you can view the conference agenda here

Patrick Smith

Keynote Lecture: Moving Towards a Beloved Community Bioethics

Patrick T. Smith, PhDAssociate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics; Senior Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University

Along with his work at the Divinity School, Smith is the director of the bioethics program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine and associate professor in population health sciences, Department of Health Sciences, Duke University Medical School. He has served as a member of the board of directors and the executive committee for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. His current research and writing are in the areas of moral philosophy, bioethics, theological ethics, end-of-life care, and religious social ethics. Professor Smith was named a 2016-17 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology, was the recipient of the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics, and in 2022 received the Edmund Pellegrino Medalist Award in health care ethics.  

Boulder Falls Inn

There is limited space at the Boulder Falls Inn. If you are unable to book a room, the next closest hotel is Best Western PLUS Prairie Inn.

Address: 505 Mullins Drive, Lebanon, Oregon 97355

To reserve a room, please call (541) 451-1000 and mention the 2023 Kinsman conference for a discounted room rate. 

Best Western PLUS Prairie Inn

Address: 1100 Price Road SE, Albany, Oregon 97322

To reserve a room, you can call (541) 928-5050 or book online.

Physician Credit Statement

Accreditation: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit Statement

The 2023 Kinsman Bioethics Conference will receive 10.5 NCPD contact hours. 

OHSU is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Oregon Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Work Credit Statement

This conference has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers to award up to 10.5 ethics continuing education credits.

  • Define the concept of the "common good" and discuss the role that healthcare systems, public health, politics and bioethics play in cultivating health and human flourishing
  • Identify strategies to elevate marginalized voices with a special focus on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest region
  • Offer insight into emerging issues in healthcare ethics and explore novel policies and practices in health advocacy