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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.  


Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race​​, on display at the Fulginiti Pavilion
through May 22nd. Hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. 
Free and 
open to the public.  >>Learn more​

Every One That Asks: Conversations with Denver's Homeless, is a photo-documentary 
project by Sally Peach, MD-Class of 2018.  On display in the Fulginiti lobby starting May 21st.

The Art of Healing: Paintings by Arturo Garcia​, will run June 15-August 16 at the Fulginiti Pavilion.


Tuesday, May 22nd - Deadly Medicine exhibition closing event​ from 5:00pm-8:00pm,
visiting scholar Dr. Matthis Krischel from Germany, presenting Medicine and Politics in Nazi Germany at 6:00pm, followed by a reading by Sudanese refugee poet and playwright
Helen Abyei, as well as a performance by members of the AMC Orchestra.


Launch Celebration​ for the 2018 edition of The Human Touch on Tuesday June 12th
from 4:00-6:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Join the Editorial Board, contributors and friends
for readings and refreshments. 
 Learn more>>​

Opening reception for The Art of Healing: Paintings by Arturo Garcia​, on Friday
June 22nd from 5:00-7:00pm, at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Free and open to the public.


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>>

About half of oncologists reported they recommended cannabis for cancer
 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>>

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>>​

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 for full details.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities 2017 Annual Report​ is now available.
Read about the activities and accomplishments of the team at the Center.  The past 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 recent 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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