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Conferences & Lectures

The Department of Bioethics is pleased to offer standing educational events each month.

  • Bioethics Grand Rounds is held the second Monday of each month at noon (unless otherwise specified) and focuses on an important innovative Bioethics related topic.
  • In-Depth Case Study is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month and focuses on an interesting, provocative, troubling and/or instructive case from the recent past. These sessions are held with the intention to strive toward excellence in ethics consultation.
  • "Food for Thought" takes place on the first Thursday of the month and is a discussion session focused on the spiritual and ethical issues arising in health care.

Please contact the Department of Bioethics at 216.444.8720 with questions regarding these events.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

Bioethics Grand Rounds is a monthly event.

All are welcome to attend. This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

Monday, December 12, 2016

Title: "HIV in South Africa"
Speaker: Amy Saltzman Porter, MD, PhD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Past Ground Rounds

Monday, January 11, 2016

Title: “Applying Learning Styles in Health Care as Related to Values and Beliefs”
Speaker: Rev. Robert (Bob) McGeeney, DMin
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, February 8, 2016

Title: "Prediction, Prodrome, and Personalized Medicine: Ethical Reflections on the Transformation of Medicine to a Risk Management System"
Speaker: Paul Root Wolpe, PhD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, March 14, 2016

Title: "Patient Experience and Beyond"
Speaker: Adrienne Boissy, MD, MA
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, April 11, 2016

Title: “Experimenting in extremis: research ethics during the Ebola epidemic”
Speaker: Steven Joffe, MD, MPH
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, May 9, 2016

Title: "Thinking Ahead: Helping Patients Express Their Preferences for Medical Care"
Speaker: Sharona Hoffman, JD, LLM, Kathleen Neuendorf, MD, Joshua Crites, PhD - Moderator
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, September 12, 2016

Title: "Physician-Assisted Death through a Family's Experience"
Speaker: Lisa Vigil Schattinger, MSN, RN
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, October 10, 2016

Title: "Advocacy in “Inside Out” - Bioethics, Humanities, and Neurodiversity"
Speakers: Paul Ford PhD, Molly Wimbiscus MD, and Matilda Washington
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Title: "Communication and Resolution Programs: Patients’ Experiences with Medical Error Disclosure"
Speaker: Michelle Melo, JD, PhD, M.Phil
Location: Lerner Research Institute NA5-08


January 12, 2015

Title: "Gender differences in physicians’ financial ties to industry: A study on national disclosure data"
Speaker: Susannah Rose, PhD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

February 9, 2015

Title: "Ethics and Genetic Testing"
Speaker: Sumit Parikh, MD and Cristie Cole, JD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

March 9, 2015

Title: "Baha’i faith and the ethics of transplantation"
Speaker: Maryam Valapour, MD, MPP
Location: Bunts Auditorium

April 9, 2015

Combined Bioethics/Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Title: "Should an Ethicist Avoid Collaboration with a Pharmaceutical Company's Ethics Committee?"
Speaker: Tom L. Beauchamp, PhD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

April 27, 2015

Special Grand Rounds for Bioethics Week
Title: "Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age"
Speaker: Jessica W. Berg, JD, MPH
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Monday, June 8, 2015
Title: "Learning-Teaching Continuum: Reflections on Interdisciplinary Ethics Education "
Speaker: Margot Eves, JD, MA
Location: Bunts Auditorium 

Monday, Sept 14, 2015
Title: “Applying Bahá'í Principles to Address Current Policy Dilemmas in Organ Transplantation”
Speaker: Maryam Valapour, MD, MPP
Location: Bunts Auditorium
Monday, Oct 12, 2015
Title: “A Retrospective Analysis of Underlying Ethical Issues Driving Psychiatric Capacity Evaluation Requests”
Speaker: Xavier Jimenez, MD, MA
Location: Bunts Auditorium

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015

Bioethics Research Day

Title: "Should randomization always require consent? An Ethical Challenge of Learning Health Systems"
Keynote Speaker: Mildred Solomon, Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hastings Center
Location: NA5-08
Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec 14, 2015

Title: "The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights"
Speaker: Gabriel J. d'Empaire Y., MD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

January 17, 2014

Title: "Assuring that the Patient's Voice Will be Heard"
Speaker: Mary McCabe, RN, MA
Location: Q1-300

February 10, 2014

Title: "Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn"
Speaker: Carmen Paradis, MD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

March 10, 2014

Title: "TBD "
Speaker: Barbara Daly, RN, PhD, FAAN
Location: Bunts Auditorium

April 22, 2014

Title: "Conscientious Objection and Emergency Contraceptive"
Speaker: John Lantos, MD
Location: Bunts Auditorium
Time: 5:00 pm

May 12, 2014

Title: "Transplant Ethics"
Panel Discussion
Location: Bunts Auditorium

June 9, 2014

Title: "Inpatient Capacity Assessment"
Speaker: Elias Khawam, MD, Karen Salerno, LISW, and Leo Pozuelo, MD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

September 8, 2014

Title: "Policies on Criteria for Neurological Death: An Ongoing Ethical Dialogue"
Speaker: J. Javier Provencio, MD, Patricia Raimer, MD, Matt Donnelly, JD
Location: Bunts Auditorium

October 10, 2014

Bioethics Research Day
Title: "Talking Dollars and Cents with Patients: Crossing Ethical Boundaries?" 
Keynote Speaker: Peter Ubel, MD
Location: NA5-08

November 25, 2014

Combined Pediatrics and Bioethics Grand Rounds

Title: "Emerging therapies and how they relate to neonatal and pediatric care"
Speaker: Mark Mercurio, MD, MA
Location: Bunts Auditorium
Time: 8:00 am

December 8, 2014

Title: "The Right to Suicide"
Speaker: Phillip Resnick, MD
Location: Bunts Auditorium


Bioethics Grand Rounds

January 8, 2013

Title: "Lessons from the Drug Safety Wars"
Speaker: Steven Nissen, MD
Location: Q1-201

February 12, 2013

Title: "Ethical Issues in Conducting Observational Research with Severely Mentally Ill Persons"
Speaker: Sana Loue, PhD
Location: NA1-138

March 12, 2013

Title: "Medical Turn Down for Kidney Transplantation - When the Patient Disagrees with the Decision"
Speaker: David Goldfarb, MD
Location: Q1-201

April 9, 2013

Title: "Ethics of Returning Opioid Abusing Resident Physicians to Anesthesiology Practice"
Speaker: David L. Brown, MD, John Tetzlaff, MD, Patricia Murphy, RN, LSW, MBA, CDCA, CIC
Location: Q1-201

May 21, 2013

Title: "Globetrotting with Grief: How One Theater Artist Put Male Loss into Words"
Speaker: David Hansen
Location: Bunts

June 7, 2013

Title: "Truth Telling and Patient Centered Care: How Often and Why Doctors Are Not Always Open or Honest with Patients"
Speaker: Eric Campbell, PhD
Location: Bunts

July 30, 2013

Title: "Moral Courage, Medical Professionalism and Patient Safety"
Speaker: Lisa Lehmann, MD, PhD
Location: Q1-201

September 10, 2013

Title: "Health Care Reform: An Opportunity to Move Past Race to Realize the Benefit of Personalized Medicine"
Speaker: Ruqaiijah Yearby, JD, MPH
Location: Q1-201

October 7, 2013

Title: "Things Aren't Always As Seem: Ethical Challenges I Have Seen in Informed Consent"
Speaker: Paul Appelbaum, MD
Location: Q1-300

October 8, 2013

Title: "Guns and Mental Illness: Do Our Current Policies Make Sense?"
Speaker: Paul Appelbaum, MD
Location: NA1-140

November 12, 2013

Title: "GLBT Clinical Ethics Dilemmas"
Speaker: Autumn Fiester, PhD and Lance Wahlert, PhD
Location: Q1-201

December 10, 2013

Title: "The Ethics of Not Including Geriatric Patients in Clinical Studies"
Speaker: Dale Shepard, MD, PhD
Location: Q1-201


Bioethics Grand Rounds

January 10, 2012

Title: "Promoting Diversity in Medicine: The language we use and arguments we make"
Speaker: Lois M. Nora, MD, JD
Interim, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College

February 14, 2012

Title: "Obtaining Fully Informed Consent in Cancer Clinical Trials: Progress and Pitfalls"
Speaker: Shlomo Koyfman, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Radiation Oncology
Location: Q1-201

March 13, 2012

Distinguished NeuroEthics Lecture
"Neurosurgical Leadership: Lessons Learned"
Speaker: James Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Location: J3-105
Time: 5:30 p.m.
*In collaboration with Neurosurgery

April 10, 2012

Title: "How to Reform Health Care: 10 Key Lessons from Dialysis"
Speaker: Alvin “Woody” Moss, MD
Director, Center for Health, Ethics & Law
Location: Q1-201
*In collaboration with Nephrology

May 15, 2012

Bioethics Week Grand Rounds
""Surrogate Decision Making for Patients: Innovating on an Old Standard"
Panel/Presenters: Anne Lederman Flamm, JD; Shlomo Koyfman, MD; Martin L Smith, STD
Location: Bunts Auditorium
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.

May 17, 2012

Bioethics Research Day Keynote Speaker
Title: "Can We Get More Justice in Health and Health Care through Health Reform?" 
Speaker: Norman Daniels, PhD
Location: NA5-03/04
Time: 8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

June 12, 2012

Speaker: Lt. Col. William D. Casebeer, PhD, USAF, Ret.
Location: Q1-201

September 11, 2012

Title: "Ethical Implications of Research on the "Daily Spiritual Experience Scale"
Lynn Underwood, PhD, Graduate Faculty, Cleveland State University
Honorary Fellow, Center for Reading, Information Systems and Linguistics, University of Liverpool
Location: Q1-201

October 9, 2012

Title: "Health Information Technology and the Physician-Patient Relationship"
Speaker: Mark Rothstein, JD, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Director, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law
Location: Q1-201

November 13, 2012

Panel Discussion
Topic: "Ethical Choices Facing Physicians with Serious Illness"
Panelists: Arman Askari, MD, Travis Gullett, MD & Carmen Paradis, MD
Moderator: Dr. J. Harry Isaacson
Location: Q1-201

December 11, 2012

Title: "Ethics of Research in Pregnancy"
Speaker: Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH
Location: Q1-201


Bioethics Grand Rounds

December 13, 2011

Title: "Cardiac Assist Devices: Quality of Life, Deactivation, and other Ethical Considerations"
Speakers: Martin Smith, STD, Cleveland Clinic, Director of Clinical Ethics
and Leo Pozuelo, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Section head, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

November 8, 2011

Title: "Myth of the Therapeutic Misconception"
Speaker: Scott Kim, MD, PhD, Co-Director of CBSSM

October 11, 2011

Grand Rounds Cancelled

September 13, 2011

Title:“Patients and Families as Abusers: An Ethical Analysis”
Speaker: Deborah Miller, PhD, Cleveland Clinic Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis

June 7, 2011

Title: "Informed Consent, Bioethical Equipoise, and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome"
Speaker: Constantine Mavroudis, MD, Cleveland Clinic

April 5, 2011

Title: "Laughing at the Fat Man: The Ethics of Humor in the Hospital" 
Speaker: Julie Aultman, PhD, Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy

March 1, 2011

Title: "The Evolution of Admission to Medical School" 
Speaker: Kathleen Franco, MD, Cleveland Clinic

February 1, 2011

Title: "It's Shocking!: Regulation of Electroconvulsive Therapy by State"
Speaker: Susan Stagno, MD, University Hospitals

January 18, 2011

Title: "Institutional Review Boards: A Road Block or a Competitive Advantage?"
Speaker: Duncan Neuhauser, PhD, Case Western Reserve

Bioethics Research Day

May 19, 2011
Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Carol Gilligan
"Why is the Ethic of Care Still Embattled?"

Sponsored by the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care, Food for Thought is a monthly brown-bag educational discussion session focused on the spiritual and ethical issues arising in health care.

The sessions take place on the first Thursday of each month, Noon – 1 p.m., usually in Q1/Glickman Conference Center. The sessions use a variety of resources to focus discussion, e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, short stories, poetry, book chapters, short films, guest presenters. Preparatory written reading material is posted on a dedicated SharePoint site.

All are welcome to participate!! For access to the SharePoint site and to receive email notification of upcoming sessions, send your name and e-mail address to Jennifer Cook.

Upcoming Bioethics Research Day Event

Nov 2, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle M. Mello
"Communication and Resolution Programs: Patients’ Experiences with Medical Error Disclosure'

Previous Bioethics Research Day Events

Nov 4, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Mildred Solomon Ed.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hastings Center
"Should randomization always require consent? An Ethical Challenge of Learning Health Systems"

Oct 10, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter B. Ubel
"The Morality of Cost Considerations at the Bedside"

May 24, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Arthur Derse
"What can bioethics research do for clinicians?"

May 17, 2012

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Norm Daniels
"Can We Get More Justice in Health and Health Care through Health Reform?" 

May 19, 2011

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carol Gilligan
"Why is the Ethic of Care Still Embattled?"

May 27, 2010

Keynote Speaker: Marion Danis, MD
"The Role of Bioethics Research in Improving Patient Care and Clinical Practice"

May 21, 2009

Keynote Speaker: John Lantos, MD
"Bioethics Research in the Next Decade"