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University of Colorado Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Fred Abrams, MD

Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Fellow American College O/G, Dr. Abrams is Director of The Clinical Ethics Consultation Group. He founded the Center for Applied Biomedical Ethics at Rose Medical Center in 1983, the first center for the study of ethical issues in a community hospital setting in the U.S. He served as a Commissioner on the Colorado Governor's Commission on Life and the Law, and was its first Executive Director. He was Executive Director of the Denver University/ Colorado University Health Ethics and Policy Consortium and Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. He became the Chairman of the National Ethics Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1987-1990) after 4 years as a member, and was appointed to the National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction in 1997 and 1998. Currently, he serves on the ethics committee of the Donor Alliance (organ and tissue banking and transplant association), as ethics consultant to Denver Health Medical Center ethics committee, on the Advisory Board of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Colorado, the Academy for Lifelong Learning (adult education), also serving as a medical quality consultant to the Colorado Foundation For Medical Care (medical quality peer review). His "Physician's Affirmation," a contemporary personal code for medical practitioners, has been widely reprinted. In 2003, the faculty and the Advisory Board of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities of the University of Colorado presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for "helping to create such a fertile ground for bioethics in Colorado.”  In 2006, the American Medical Association Foundation and AMA Board of Trustees awarded him the Isaac Hays, MD, and John Bell, MD, Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism. In 2010 he was recognized by the HealthOne Hospital System for his pioneering efforts establishing hospital ethics committees and awarded him the Stephanie Allen Award in medical ethics.

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