The Center for 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.

Please contact the Center for 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.


Pediatric Palliative Medicine and Ethics 

Date: Monday, April 15th  2019

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

Speaker: Sarah Friebert, MD
Director, Haslinger Pediatric Palliative Care Division
Director, Addiction Services Program
Leadership Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care
Akron Children's Hospital

Location: Bunts Auditorium - TT Building
2095 E 90th St
Cleveland, OH 44106

Bioethics Research Day

Bioethics Research Day

Upcoming Annual Bioethics Research Day Event

Coming soon... Please keep checking for the updates.

Previous Bioethics Research Day Events

November 6, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Rebecca Susan Dresser, JD, MS
"What Subjects Can Teach Us about Research Ethics'

November 2, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michelle M. Mello
"Communication and Resolution Programs: Patients’ Experiences with Medical Error Disclosure'

November 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"

October 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"

The Anthony J. Thomas, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture Series

The Anthony J. Thomas, Jr., MD Memorial Lecture Series

Inaugural Anthony "Tony" Thomas, Jr., MD Lecture Series 10.08.18


Beloved retired staff member Anthony Thomas, Jr., MD, died November 2017. Dr. Thomas was a world-renowned infertility expert and an influential and respected member of our Bioethics team.

In memory of Dr. Thomas’s way of valuing every person with whom he came into contact, the Office of Patient Experience has established this new lecture series. Through his everyday actions, Dr. Thomas demonstrated a deep commitment to encouraging others to reflect on their roles in healthcare and to support each person he met. He was a consummate clinician, mentor, professional and kind human being.

2018 Inaugural Event Highlights:

We had an amazing inaugural event on October 8, 2018. Four people shared very personal narratives. Johanna Goldfarb, MD provided a personal anecdote about Dr. Thomas that set the stage beautifully for the audience to hear the messages of the day. Our three award recipients each gave their reflection and wisdom regarding empathy and valuing of people. It was a celebration of us at our best as humans who help each other.

The 2018 Speakers:

“Red Clay, Red Coats and Respect: a Caregiver’s story”
Gayle Deadwyler, Healthcare Partner Council Volunteer

“Drifting in the sea of an emergency room”
Eric Keller, RN, Cleveland Clinic Akron General

“I became the family member in my own ICU unit”
Sandra Galvin,Nurse Manager of Heart Failure ICU/CICU main campus