Skip to main content
Sign In

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.  

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.


Howie Movshovitz, PhD, will present a program about Buster Keaton, "Once a Genius,
Still a Genius,"​
on Monday April 1st from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
Lunch provided.

Damon McLeese, Director of Access Gallery, will present, "Granny Does Graffiti,"​ 
sharing his experience on bringing out creativity in people with Alzheimer's Disease or
on Monday April 8th from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
Lunch provided.​

Author I. Kaufman Arenberg, MD, will present about his groundbreaking new book,
Killing Vincent: The Man, The Myth, and The Murder​,
a non-fiction historical cold case
murder mystery about the death of artist Vincent van Gogh, on Monday April 15th
from noon-1pm at the Fulginiti
Lunch provided.

Symposium: Uniting to Prevent School Violence will be held on Tuesday April 16th
from 8am-4pm at ED2S Auditorium.  Explore what we have learned about preventing
school violence since the Columbine tragedy, what questions remain and – perhaps most
important – what is preventing us from implementing what we have learned to end these
tragedies.  Click for agenda or register today.  Questions?​

Bioethics in a Violent World:  Health Professionals in Times of War, Genocide
and Political Conflict,
is the topic of this year's Holocaust, Genocide and Contemporary
Bioethics Program.  There will be nine events on all four CU campuses from April 29th-
May 3rd. 
Click for details.​


Maryam Guiahi, MD, MSc is co-author of a JAMA Research Letter,
"Disclosure of Religious Identity and Health Care Practices on
Catholic Hospital Websites." 
The research showed that only 28% of
646 Catholic hospitals listed in the Catholic Health Association's directory
specified how their religious affiliation might influence patient care. 
Learn more>>​

Insurers Hand Out Cash and Gifts To Sway Brokers Who Sell Employer
Health Plans
, a report featuring commentary by Eric Campbell, PhD,
appears on National Public Radio and ProPublica.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities 2018 Annual Report is now
available.  This highlights some of our Center's most remarkable educational
programs, community outreach events, research activities and clinical ethics
Read the report>>

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. 

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Center for Interprofessional Practice
and Education are pleased to announce the 
2nd Annual Ethics Student Case Study Writing Competition. The theme relates to this year's HGCB Program, Bioethics in a
Violent World: Health Professionals in Times of War, Genocide and Political Conflict.
Deadline is May 19th - click for flyer​ and 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​

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​. 

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn ​​​​