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.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds

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

Previous Grand 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


"Food for Thought"

"Food for Thought"

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.

Bioethics Research Day

Bioethics Research Day

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"