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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.  


MASTERWORKS from the Tobia and Morton Mower Collection through May 24th
at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
This exhibit includes the paintings of
Impressionist masters 
such as Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-August Renoir,
Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro 
and Alfred Sisley as well as drawings by Edgar Degas
and Henri Matisse.  Free and open to the public.

What Worries You Most? on display in the Fulginti rear lobby. Medical students distributed
cards to patients in the Emergency Department that read "What Worries You Most?"
The responses were eye-opening.  These cards remind us that the ailments bringing people
into the emergency department are often not their main concern.​  LEARN MORE>>


Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program:​​​​ Commemorating the
70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trial during the Week of Remembrance; A
pril 24th - 28th, 2017.  Events on all 4 CU campuses and throughout the region.  Listen to CBH faculty Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, on CPR Colorado Mattersdiscussing how the Nuremberg Trial helped shape medical ethics.   LEARN MORE>>​


What Worries You Most? is on display in the Fulginti rear lobby.  Medical students distributed
cards to patients in the Emergency Department that read "What Worries You Most?"  The 
responses were eye-opening.  
Meet and hear from the students behind this project
at a special event on Monday, May 8th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
Refreshments will be served.   LEARN MORE>>​

presented by Audiey Kao, MD, PhD,  
Vice President, Ethics at the American Medical
Association on 
Wednesday, May 10th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.​

"Bribery, Conflict of Interest and a Physician’s Fiduciary Duty to Patients,"​​​ will be
presented by Michele Martinho, MD, on Monday May 15 from noon-1:00pm at the
Fulginiti Pavilion
.  Ethics Bites​ is a series discussing hot topics and cases in the field of ethics. ​


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

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Report​ is now available!
We are proud to share our first annual report, which summarizes the many accomplishments of the Center during the past year.

The 2017 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum​  (CHEF) Annual Conference
will be held on June 8-9.
 This year's theme is “The Conscience of The Health Care Professional.”  Participants will explore how health professionals skillfully
navigate conflicts of conscience in a way that preserves moral and professional integrity.

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.

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>>​ 

Jean Abbott, MD, MH published, Teaching Medical Students about “The Conversation”:
an interactive value-based advance care planning session
, in the American Journal of
Hospice and Palliative Care.   In this study, CU
 medical students received a presentation on Advance Care Planning, and discussed their own values and wishes. 
Dr. Abbott was also
recently interviewed by
Kim Mooney of KGNU​, about medical ethics and communication
near the end-of-life.

HARD CALL:  Join us for the real stories of life and death, illness and well-being,
ethics and values, costs and controversies – the kinds of conversations that have
too often been reserved for professionals and held behind closed doors.  Hard Call
is a compendium of live events, podcasts, and educational materials that illuminate
the most challenging situations in health care.  LEARN MORE>>

The One Colorado Education Fund recognized Center faculty Daniel Reirden, MD​,
with it's 2016 Ally Award.  Dr. Reirden is the medical director of the Children’s Hospital
Youth and Young Adult HIV program and has been instrumental in the creation of
Children’s Hospital Colorado’s new multi-disciplinary program for gender non-conforming
and transgender children, adolescents, and young adults. View a video describing his
outstanding work and service to the community.


Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH​, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, was
named to the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethics Processes.​
The association approved establishing a commission last summer when the association
adopted a policy prohibiting psychologists from participating in national security

Senior medical student David Murphy published, "Listening to the Voices
from the Bateyes,"
a Spanish-language book about HIV in the Dominican Republic.
“The stories are amazing, powerful, unique and provide another perspective about living with HIV,” says Therese Jones, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The Center provided a scholarship to Murphy to help fund his publication. 

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
was featured in a CUToday profile.  Dr. Wynia was also interviewed about diagnostic
errors on Colorado Matters.  Listen to the story on Colorado Public Radio. 

An article published in American Medical Association Journal of Ethics:
"Creating a Space for the Arts and Humanities at the Anschutz Medical Campus,"
by Center Associate Director Therese Jones, PhD, describes our unique facility
and program which encompasses education, inquiry, expression and engagement.


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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