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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.  


Opening reception on Thursday, April 25th from 4:30-7:00pm.  Penumbra, 
Watercolors by H. C. Dodd, 1990-2007.​  Discussion with Gerald D. Dodd, MD
Curator Simon Zalkind at 5:45pm.


Ethics of Mental Health Treatment with Virtual Reality for Prison Inmates​, will be
presented by Matt Vogl, MPH, on Wednesday April 24th from Noon-1:00pm in
Education 2 North-Room 1103. 
Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
Student Advisory Group.

Medicine and Morality in Times of War, 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.​

PHAMALY Theater Company
comes to campus on Monday May 6th from noon-1:00pm
at the Education 2 South Auditorium.  MORPH MASTERS tells the stories of famous artists
who live(d) and work(ed) with a disability—including Frida Kahlo, Ludwig von Beethoven
and Stevie Wonder.  The show illustrates how disability can function as a creative asset in
people’s lives and empowers people of all ages to live and create in unique ways.
Free and open to the public.  View flyer>>​

Join us for the 2019 Professor Bernie Karshmer Award Presentation on Tuesday
May 7th at 5:30pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  This year's "Bernie" recipient is
Robyn Gisbert, PT, DPT. 
Click for details >>​

Free Concert, The Road Home,​ by the Anschutz Campus Choir, on Monday May 13th
from noon-1:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.

The Human Touch 2019 Launch Celebration - Monday May 13th from 4:00-6:00pm
at the Fulginiti Pavilion.
Meet the contributors and editors, and join us for readings and an
exhibit of visual art from the 12th annual anthology of poetry, prose, photography and artwork
by students, faculty, staff and the Anschutz Campus community.


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​.

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>>​

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​. 

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