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Center for Bioethics and Humanities

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.  


Scott Chamberlin: A Body of Work – Sculptures & Drawings
On display in the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti from September 6-December 3, 2018.  

Mapping the Body: Poetry & Anatomical Art, 
an exhibit featuring original artwork from the
Modern Human Anatomy Program affiliates from CU Anschutz, paired with original poetry written
by creative writing students from CU Denver, is on display in the rear lobby of the Fulginiti Pavilion
from August 23-December 13, 2018.   

Showing (work x family), is a multi-screen photography installation featuring the work of
135 renowned American photographers.  It will be on exhibit at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti
Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities from January 11-April 12, 2019. 

We are also sponsoring Showing (work x family) Our Community​a juried exhibition
of 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.  We are seeking images
that capture the diversity and challenge of balancing everyday routines and situations. 
Submission deadline is December 6, 2018.  
En español>>​


Risky Research: What Keeps You Awake at Night, is the focus of the 9th Annual CCTSI Research
Ethics Conference, to be held on Thursday October 25th from 11:45am-4:15pm at the Fulginiti. 
Keynote speaker is John Lantos, MD, Director of the Children's Mercy Bioethics Center at Children's Mercy Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at University of Missouri-Kansas School of Medicine.
Download flyer​ or view agenda & RSVP​, as space is limited.  Free and open to the public.

Combined Concert:​  Anschutz Campus Orchestra & Anschutz Campus Choir on
Thursday October 25th at 7:30pm in the Education II South Auditorium. 
Free and open to the public.  Reception to follow.

Free Film Screening: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly on Thursday October 25th
from 5:30-8:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 

Tess Jones, PhD, will present, "It's Alive! The Legend of Frankenstein,"​ on
Monday October 29th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
  Lunch provided.

The Global Kidney Exchange: A Great Way to Increase Transplants or Just Transplant
Tourism in a New Guise?​
will be presented by Professor Alexander Capron on Thursday
November 1st from noon-1:00pm in the Fitzsimons Building, Bushnell Auditorium. 
Capron is a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. He served as Director
of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva 
now co-directs the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics at USC.

CAPTURING GRACE: The Experience of Dance & Parkinson's Disease - film screening,
panel discussion and dance demonstration featuring filmmaker Dave Iverson, dancer/teacher
David Leventhal and local dancers with PD.   Thursday November 1st from 4:00-7:00pm
in the Education II Auditorium. 
Free & open to the public.  Download flyer or RSVP​.

Deb Parsons, MD, President of the Colorado Medical Society will present,
"The Opioid Epidemic Clock Tool," on Monday November 5th from Noon-1:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Opioid Epidemic Clock Tool is a dynamic, interactive online
tool to enhance awareness of the opioid crisis and the complexity of the solutions.   
Lunch will be provided at this Ethics Bites​ discussion.  


The Call for Submissions for The Human Touch 2019 is Now Open.  Students,
faculty, staff and friends of the AMC campus are invited to submit prose, poetry,
photography, graphic art and online categories of video, music and audio.  Deadline is
December 31.  Click for details about The Human Touch​ or Submit Here>>

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.

"Research shows that doctors on the payrolls of drug or medical device
companies are 
likely to prescribe that company's product -- even if it's
not the best option for the
patient," says Eric G. Campbell, CBH Director of Research. Drug and device companies know this.  It's one reason they collectively pay doctors and
teaching hospitals about $3 billion a year.   Read the full story in PennLive>>​

Eric Campbell, PhD, Director of Research at the Center commented on fallout from
Novartis payments to Trump's lawyer in STATNews "Novartis leadership may
have failed to fully recognize where the company stands in terms of its reputation,” said
Campbell.  Read full story>>

The Human Touch
, our 11th annual anthology of 
of poetry, prose and visual art by 
students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the Anschutz Campus is now available. 
Free copies of the 2018 softcover edition are available at the Fulginiti Pavilion and the
AMC Bookstore.  LEARN MORE>>​

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​

VALUES & ETHICS CASE COMPETITION - Form a student team and write a case. 
will be evaluated for possible use during the spring 2019 Interprofessional
Education and Development (IPED) course.
 Click to download flyer​​ ​or 

Center for Bioethics and Humanities 2017 Annual Report​ 
Read about the activities and accomplishments of the team at the Center.  The last year
brought both new opportunities and recognition for our programs.  The report has over
two-dozen links to videos, articles and supplemental information.  For a paper copy,
contact MaryLou Wallace​ at (303) 724-3994. 

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.

Renowned pianist & psychiatrist Richard Kogan, MD performed "Beethoven:
Tragedy and Triumph,"​
 last November to a packed house of over 300 campus
and community attendees.  The program explored Beethoven's resilience in response
to illness and his artistic transformation via storytelling and performance.  

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>>​ ​

The 2nd annual Aspen Ethical Leadership Program​ brought about 50 regional,
national and international health care leaders, including CU Anschutz students, 
together from last September, for three days of ethical discussions, plenary 
sessions and training.  This year's program will be held Oct. 8-10.  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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