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 Credit™.

A Collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Transplant Center and Center for Bioethics

Fostering Healthcare Equity: Preparing Institutions to Implement Culturally Competent Transplant Care

Date: November 1, 2019

Speaker: Elisa J. Gordon, PhD, MPH
Professor of Surgery (Organ Transplantation) Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine

Location: Q Building - Glickman Tower
2050 E 96th St.
Cleveland, OH 44195

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"

Empathy and Value Every Person Lecture Series

Empathy and Value Every Person 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.

2020 Call for Submissions 

New This Year:

  1. Nine awards ($250) for presented stories, reflection, poetry or testimonial
  2. Three awards ($250) for visual art presentation
  3. Three virtual sessions, each with a unique focus (September 14th, October 19th, and November 16th)

Each session will focus on a distinct aspect of the pandemic. Applicants are asked to focus on an event that happened in one of the following three “stages” of our COVID-19 experience reflecting on a specific occurrence of “Empathy and Valuing Every Person” experienced in the delivery of healthcare during COVID-19.

  • September 14: Initial stages of COVID-19 during initial upheaval, and pandemic planning
  • October 19: Middle stages during stay at home order, PPE shortages, social distancing, caring for patients affected by COVID-19
  • November 16: Later stages during reopening, resumption of regular care, adjusting to the “new normal” and longer term planning

Submission Due Date: August 7 (for September 14 event) | September 1 (for October 19 event) | October 1 (for November 16 event)

How to Submit: Send an email with submission form to Paul Ford (fordp@ccf.org) with Subject Line “Empathy Lecture”

 View submission form

2019 Event Information


Many wonderful ideas were submitted for this event, each one uniquely highlighting this year’s theme “Empathy and Valuing Every Person.” It was a very difficult decision to make, but three speakers were selected that will leave attendees feeling inspired to engage and respect every person they meet in all aspects of their life.

    “Mom and her 3 Best Friends”
    Kathy Ray
    Associate IT Business Services & Solutions Partner, Cleveland Clinic ITD

    "Code Pink"
    Perry Dinardo
    Fourth-year medical student, Cleveland Clinic Learner College of Medicine

    "Water, music, language: elements of compassion”
    Connie Xu
    RN, Cardio Vascular Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

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.

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 at Cleveland Clinic's main campus

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

Thank you to our donors for make this series possible:

  • John J. and Josephine Thomas Charitable Foundation
  • The Anthony J. Thomas, Jr. Family
  • Amy Greene and Thomas Reuter
  • 5 Separate Anonymous Donations
  • Barbara Chubak, MD
  • Brian S. Shields
  • Bud Isaacson
  • Carino Family
  • Carmen Paradis
  • David G. Anthony, MD and Family
  • Doreen and John Thomas
  • Dr. James B. Young M.D.
  • Lisa (Thomas) Cohen
  • Ford Family
  • Kathryn Thomas, CSJ
  • Kathryn Weise
  • Kuback Family
  • Janie and Allen Bashour
  • Johanna Goldfarb
  • Joyce Joecken
  • Lenny Calabrese
  • Paula and Sam Thomas
  • Patti Bulter
  • Patty Mayer
  • Margot M Eves
  • Maureen Heuler and Patricia Adams, CSJ
  • Members of Congregation of St. Joseph
  • Susannah Rose
  • Thomas Saad
  • Laura Hoeksema