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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​


The Anschutz Campus Choir will perform "In Stiller Nacht," a concert in honor and
memory of the lives lost during the Holocaust 
on Monday, April 30th from noon-1:00pm.​
Free and open to the public - Lunch provided.


Join us for a discussion on Sunday, May 6th at 2:00pm, When Healers Became Killers:
Learning from History to Protect the Future​
led by Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH at the
Fulginiti Pavilion.  The
 Deadly Medicine exhibit will be open from 2:00-4:00pm this day.​

Please join us for the 2018 Professor Bernie Karshmer Award​ Presentation which will be held
on Monday May 7th at 5:15pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  This year's "Bernie" recipient is
Diane Brunson, RDH, MPH.

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, as well as a performance by the AMC Orchestra.


Eric Campbell, PhD, has been named Director of Research for the Center
for Bioethics and Humanities, and joins our faculty from Harvard Medical School. 
Campbell is a health policy researcher who has conducted surveys relating to
conflicts of interest, medical professionalism and academic-industry relationships.
Learn more>>

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. 

Tess Jones, PhD, associate director of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities,
received the Cerasoli Award for Outstanding Contributions to Physical Therapy
. This award was initiated in 1998 to honor and highlight significant
contributions to physical therapy education by Pauline “Polly” Cerasoli, PT, EdD,
director of CU Physical Therapy Program and assistant dean of allied health from
1988 to 1996. The award, presented to Jones at the DPT Commencement Ceremony on December 15th, honors an individual who has made substantial and noteworthy
contributions to advancing the reputation and status of the CU Physical Therapy
Program, in particular noting Jones’ contributions in creating and teaching the
humanities curriculum to our Doctor of Physical Medicine students.​

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.  

Center faculty Jacqueline Glover, PhD, professor of pediatrics, and Brian Jackson,
MD, MA, assistant professor of pediatrics, were among the authors of an article in
the December 11 JAMA Pediatrics that raised ethical considerations about the use of
an expensive drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy. The article, “Ethical Challenges
Confronted When Providing Nusinersen Treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy,” ​

examines key questions about cost, limited evidence, informed consent, treatment
allocation, fair distribution of responsibilities, and transparency with stakeholders.


Congratulations to Tess Jones, PhD, Director of the Arts and Humanities in
Healthcare Program, who was 
named the recipient of the 2017 Science, Medicine and
the Arts Award
by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.  J. Landis Martin, chairman of
the board for Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, commended the program “for changing
the way healthcare education can use the arts to help patients, students and 
providers alike, and achieve better healthcare outcomes for all.” 
View the video to learn more>>​.

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.  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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