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VISION (the future we seek to create) 

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus​ is the home of world-class programs that cultivate values, celebrate imagination and produce vibrant community conversations. 

MISSION (the passion that drives our work) 

Supporting compassionate, competent, respectful and just health care. 


The Center generates unique opportunities to create transformational learning, groundbreaking scholarship, thought-provoking art and inclusive conversations for Colorado health professionals, students, patients and communities.  


Showing (work x family)​, is a multi-screen photography installation
featuring the work of
135 renowned American photographers at the
Art Gallery at the Fulginti Pavilion.  

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities also sponsored a juried exhibition,
Showing (work x family) Our Community, featuring photographs taken by our
neighbors from the Aurora and Denver communities and across Colorado, that portray
the overlap of work and family – what that means and what that looks like in the lives
of our kids, coworkers, elders, partners, and society. On display in the Fulginiti Foyer.

Both exhibits are free and open to the public, and run through April 12th.
Hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.


Swarnima Chaudhary, MPH Candidate and PRA at the National Mental Health Innovation Center,
on Monday February 25th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginti Pavilion. 
Lunch will be provided.

Free Concert: Beethoven & Bruch on Thursday February 28th at 7:30pm in ED2S Auditorium.
This combined concert by the Anschutz Campus Orchestra, featuring guest soloist Clark Potter, 
includes performances by the Anschutz Campus Choir and the Soundscape Accordion Duo.
Click for flyer>> 

Greg Katz, MS, MFT, PhD will present, "Women War Photographers,"​ on
Monday March 4th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
 Lunch provided.​

"The Photograph and Compassionate Response," will be the focus of a discussion
moderated by Fulginiti Curator Simon Zalkind, with photographer panelists, Susan Goldstein,
Benjamin Rasmussen, Kristin Hatgi Sink and Roddy MacInnes on Thursday March 7 at 6:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Attendees are invited to arrive early to view the exhibit and enjoy light refreshments.  Click for flyer>>​

"A Snapshot of Family-Friendly Work" Join us for an evening of art and conversation about
the connection between work and family on Wednesday March 13 from 4:30-6:30pm
featuring a discussion with:
Faith Winter, Colorado State Senator, District 24
Heidi Baskfield, Vice President Population Health and Advocacy, Children’s Hospital 
David Shapiro, Business Relations Professional, CHWE
Liliana Tenney Starr, Associate Director for Outreach, CHWE
The event, sponsored by the Center for Work, Health & Environment  (CHWE), will conclude with
a reception and an opportunity to explore Showing (work x family), a photography installation featuring
135 renowned photographers, and Showing Our Community, an exhibit of images from our community.
From our family to yours, however you define it, we hope to see you there.  Space is limited.  
Please RSVP to secure your spot.​

"Held Against My Will: The Ethics of Involuntary Psychiatric Holds,"​ will be presented
by Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at CU/SOM and
Chief Education Officer at Denver Health on Monday, March 18th from noon-1:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Sponsored by the CBH Student Advisory Group. Lunch provided.


Eric Campbell, PhD, on National Public Radio’s Science Friday
A recent ProPublica/New York Times investigation found that a top cancer researcher
at Sloan Kettering received millions of dollars in payments from health and drug
companies, but failed to disclose his industry ties in more than 100 articles.
NY Times reporter Katie Thomas and Eric Campbell, Director of Research at CBH
discuss how these conflicts of interests could affect patients, why they aren’t being
consistently disclosed, and what’s being done about the problem.  Listen>>​

We are very excited to welcome Dr. Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD on board at the
Center! He is the newest member of our research faculty with research interests
ranging from health policy to big data. He just completed a K08 Career Development
award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality involving patient
engagement in accountable care organizations. Matt is also a practicing internist
and will be working clinically at UCHealth. 

CBH faculty Curtis Coughlin was interviewed by Denver ABC Channel 7, about 
the ethical implications of Chinese researcher He Jiankui's recently reported human genetic editing experiments.

A new Colorado opioid prescribing law, awaiting the Governor's signature, 
may leave people in legitimate pain without the medications they need.  
Listen to Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia discuss the issue on CPR's Colorado Matters.​

CBH faculty Heather Fitzgerald, MS, RN, was recently appointed to a 4-year
term on the American Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human
Advisory Board.

Treating a Patient with a DNR Tattoo:  A patient arrives in the emergency room
unconscious and in dire straits, and he has DO NOT RESUSCITATE tattooed across
his chest.  What should health care providers do?  This dilemma is the focus
on an article by Jackie Glover, PhD, in the fall edition of CU Medicine Today​.  

Eric Campbell, PhD, Director of Research at CBH, was interviewed by the Boston
about how hospitals are warning doctors that they must publicly disclose their
financial relationships with pharmaceutical and device companies. “Drug companies
have a right to the knowledge these people have, but hospital chief executives should
not be paid extra to serve on boards," Campbell said.

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH is a co-author of a recent article in the Annals of Internal
Clinicians' Perspectives on Providing Emergency-Only Hemodialysis
to Undocumented Immigrants: A Qualitative Study”

About half of oncologists reported they recommended cannabis for cancer
related symptoms, according to study findings published in Journal of Clinical
.  However, fewer than 30% of oncologists felt knowledgeable enough to
make a recommendation, the survey showed.  "There is clearly room for improvement
when it comes to medical marijuana,” says co-author Eric Campbell, PhD.
Read full story>>

Tess Jones, PhD wrote a chapter, "The Becoming of My Life": Liminality,
Pathography and Identity," in the recently published book Imaging and
Interpreting Illness: Becoming a Broken Body
by Darien Stahl.

Center Director Matthew Wynia commented on medical records privacy, related to
the "raid" on Trump physician Dr. Harold Bornstein's NYC office, in an article
published by SFGATE, website of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Read full story>>​

A recent survey of over 7,000 researchers in nine fields published in ScienceAdvances,
breaks down researcher openness by discipline.  Clinical and basic medical science
ranked in the middle in terms of prepublication disclosure of research results.  
"The survey confirms existing assumptions that competition and commercialization
influence when scientists share their results,"​
noted Eric Campbell, Director of Research
at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, in the May 17 edition of Nature​

Health Affairs Today featured an essay,  "Accepting Professional Accountability:
A Call For Uniform National Data Collection On Medical Aid-In-Dying,"
Jean T. Abbott, Jacqueline J. Glover and Matthew K. Wynia.

HARD CALL:  A podcast series presenting the human stories behind the tough decisions
we're forced to make about our health.  Hard Call is a compendium of live events, podcasts,
and educational materials that illuminate the most challenging situations in health care.
Center Director Dr. Matthew Wynia was interviewed on "Colorado Matters" about Hard Call.
The podcast was also featured in AMA Hard Wire​.   

Graduate Certificate in Health Humanities and Ethics.
  One of only a few
such programs nationwide, this certificate program is intended to enrich the training
of health professions students and graduate students in the humanities and social
sciences as well as enhance the expertise of working professionals. APPLICATIONS
NOW BEING ACCEPTED:   Learn more>>​ 

Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, is featured in an interview in The Atlantic about
discrimination in pain medicine.  The article cites his paper, “Pain, objectivity and
history: understanding pain stigma,”
published in the February 2017 edition of
Medical Humanities 

Matthew Wynia, MD was featured in a 9NEWS Investigative Report, "Why
does insulin keep getting more expensive?"
  This is part of their “Side Effects”
series on the rising costs of drugs.


Health Humanities Reader, edited by Therese Jones, Delese Wear and Lester D. Friedman, is available from Rutgers University Press.  "This is a landmark volume that
sets the standard for any future collection in medical/health humanities.  It is by turns authoritative, funny, edgy, creative and personal-sometimes all in one piece," says
Thomas R. Cole, Director, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics at University
of Texas-Houston Medical School.

The Nipple Quilt: A Genealogical Fabric of Human Existence
by Laura Phelps Rogers, on display in the Fulginiti Foyer.  Laura's work is about personal, familial, generational, social and cultural memories. The quilt is made of life casts of
people’s nipples as a means of representing and documenting the person. 

ARCHIVE:  Most Arts in Medicine Lectures/Performances and Ethics Bites discussions
are recorded, and may be viewed online. 
 View archive​. 

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