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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.  


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.  
Free and open to the public, Monday-
Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.  
The exhibit runs through April 12th. 

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is also sponsoring 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.  Opening on January 31st in
the Fulginiti Pavilion lobby.


Research Faculty Recruitment Seminar - "Injury in College Athletics: Individual, 
Institutional and Ethical Considerations," will be presented by Christine Baugh,
PhD, MPH, 
NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Mental Health Policy at Harvard Medical School
Tuesday January 22nd from Noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Lunch provided.

Panel discussion with interpersonal violence survivors on Monday
January 28th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
  Open to all.
Lunch provided.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is also sponsoring 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.  Opening reception on Thursday
January 31st from 4:30-7:00pm in the Fulginiti Pavilion lobby.​

Ethics Cases in Pediatrics-Frameworks for Resolution is the focus of the 23rd Annual
Children's Hospital Colorado Ethics Conference on Friday February 8th.  Click for program
or register today.


Professor Bernie Karshmer Award - nominations for the 2019 Karshmer Award,
which will be presented in May, are now open.  The family and friends of Professor
Bernie Karshmer established an award to acknowledge and celebrate an individual 
who best embodies and expresses the core values that Bernie believed and modelled
throughout his life as a father, grandfather, teacher, citizen and friend to the Center
for Bioethics and Humanities.   Submission Deadline is February 15th. 
Click for details>> 

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​

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.

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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