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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.  


Our neighbors at The Aurora Artist’s Guild​ present VISUAL DECEPTION, on display
in the Fulginiti Gallery from through August 15th.  View flyer>>

Todd Siler makes art about the brain, exploring how the human mind constantly learns
about itself by studying its countless creations in Mind Matters.  Opening recepton at
the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion on September 12th from 4:00-7:00pm. 


The Aspen Ethical Leadership Program (AELP) explores how ethical responsibilities and
relationships between governing bodies, chief executives, senior managers, clinical leaders,
and other key stakeholders in health care organizations can affect their ability to produce
care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, patient-centered and equitable.  The program
will be held September 9-11 in Aspen, CO.  Learn more>​


The Greenwall Foundation selected CBH Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD, for one
of six "Making A Difference," grants for, A Novel Methodology to Explore Bioethics
Issues in Physician Aid-in-Dying (PAD).  PAD is a highly contentious issue in bioethics
and health policy today. Data on physicians’ experiences and assessment of key bioethical
issues in PAD derive from small, qualitative studies rather than from quantitative studies
due to high costs of large physician surveys and concerns about anonymity. We aim to
develop and test a novel efficient, low cost, anonymous methodology to facilitate bioethics-
related physician surveys. This study will result in generalizable findings that bring bioethics
into policy and decision-making processes about PAD.  Click for details>>​

Tess Jones, PhD is featured in the CU Connections​ August, 2019 edition.

Matthew Wynia and Ira Bedzow published an article, Values-Based Leadership During
the Transformation of Health Care,
in the Summer 2019 issue of People + Strategy.
The article describes a framework for health care leaders to manage social, economic
and ethical issues in the evolving health care landscape.

Daniel H. Reirden and Jacqueline J. Glover​ published, Maximizing Resources:
Ensuring Standard of Care for a Transgender Child in a Rural Setting
the July 2019 issue of the American Journal of Bioethics.

ProPublica exposed the hidden cash and gifts health insurers pay to influence
independent brokers in a February article​
, which included commentary by CBH
Research Director Eric Campbell, PhD. 
Reporter Marshall Allen's findings
prompted Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., chairman of the Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to include new
disclosure requirements for brokers in a sweeping health care legislation proposal.
The draft bill, known as the Lower Health Care Costs Act, also takes on surprise
medical bills, high drug prices and other public health problems.  

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 in CU Anschutz Today, or visit JAMA​.

Eric Campbell, PhD, is featured in a CU Medicine Today article, "How
to Make Bioethics Matter: 
New Program Offers Empirical Research
Along With Good Ideas."

Congratulations to Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD, who was selected as one of
twelve experts in pain science and care to be Fellows of The Mayday Pain
& Society Fellowship: Communicating Science & Improving Care.​
 The Fellows
attend a four-day, intensive workshop in Washington, D.C., where they will learn skills
to effectively communicate and advocate for the translation of scientific research and
evidence-based best practices in pain care and management. 

Jackie Glover, PhD and James Sikela, PhD are commentators in an article in MIT
Technology Review, about how Chinese scientists have put human brain genes in
monkey brains.  Read the story>>​

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

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.

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>>​

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>>​ 

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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