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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.  


MASTERWORKS from the Tobia and Morton Mower Collection opens March 31st
at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion. 
This exhibit includes the paintings of
Impressionist masters 
such as Claude Monet, Mary Cassatt, Pierre-August Renoir,
Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro 
and Alfred Sisley as well as drawings by Edgar Degas
and Henri Matisse.


MASTERWORKS:  Opening reception on Friday March 31 from 4:00-7:00pm. 
This free exhibit features work from the exceptional collection of Morton and Tobia Mower. 
The exhibition includes the paintings of Impressionist masters such as Monet, Cassatt and
Renoir as well as drawings by Degas and Matisse.  Also on display are more modern works
from artists such as Marc Chagall and Pablo Picasso.   LEARN MORE>>


Pediatrician and author Brian Volck, MD, will discuss his latest book, Attending Others: 
A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words,​​
at the Tattered Cover​ on April 1 at 7pm.

"What's New in Decision-Making? Physician Proxies and Advance Care Planning,"​
will be presented by Jean Abbott, MD, MH, and Hareklia Bracket, RN, MS, ACHPN, on
Thursday April 6 from noon-1:00pm
at University of Colorado Hospital, AIP2 Auditorium.  
For more info on UCH Ethics & Palliative Care Grand Rounds, contact Betsy Benjamin at
(720) 848-4063.

Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics Program:​​​​ Commemorating the
70th Anniversary of the Nuremberg Doctors' Trials on 
Monday, April 24th from
noon-3:00pm at the AMC Campus.
  Join us for a lunch and lecture, followed by a panel
discussion with Stacy Gallin, DMH, Tessa Chelouche, MD, and Susan M. Miller, MD, MPH, FACP.
Other events througout the region during the Week of Remembrance: April 24-28, 2017.


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 edition of
Medical Humanities.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Report​ is now available!
We are proud to share our first annual report, which summarizes the many accomplishments of the Center during the past year.

Call for Presentations: The 2017 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum
Annual Conference will be held on June 8-9.  This year's theme is
“The Conscience of The Health Care Professional.”  Participants will explore
how health professionals skillfully navigate conflicts of conscience in a way that
preserves moral and professional integrity.  Submission deadline extended to April 1​.

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.

Jean Abbott, MD, MH published, Teaching Medical Students about “The Conversation”:
an interactive value-based advance care planning session
, in the American Journal of
Hospice and Palliative Care.   In this study, CU
 medical students received a presentation on Advance Care Planning, and discussed their own values and wishes. 
Dr. Abbott was also recently interviewed by Kim Mooney of KGNU​, about medical ethics and communication near the end-of-life.

HARD CALL:  Join us for the real stories of life and death, illness and well-being,
ethics and values, costs and controversies – the kinds of conversations that have
too often been reserved for professionals and held behind closed doors.  Hard Call
is a compendium of live events, podcasts, and educational materials that illuminate
the most challenging situations in health care.  LEARN MORE>>

The 7th Annual CCTSI Research Ethics Conference​ held at the Fulginiti on 11/3,
drew over 120 attendees for this year's topic, "Return of Research Results:
What Do We Owe Participants," and featured keynote presenter James Evans,
MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Genetics in Medicine.


The One Colorado Education Fund recognized Center faculty Daniel Reirden, MD​,
with it's 2016 Ally Award.  Dr. Reirden is the medical director of the Children’s Hospital
Youth and Young Adult HIV program and has been instrumental in the creation of
Children’s Hospital Colorado’s new multi-disciplinary program for gender non-conforming
and transgender children, adolescents, and young adults. View a video describing his
outstanding work and service to the community.


Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH​, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, was
named to the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethics Processes.​
The association approved establishing a commission last summer when the association
adopted a policy prohibiting psychologists from participating in national security
investigations. The commission is expected to complete its work in February 2017. 


NEW: 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. Learn more>>​   

The Wall Street Journal featured an article, When Doctors Stop Seeing Patients, by Abraham Nussbaum, MD,​ Chief Education Officer at Denver Health, and Associate Faculty at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.  Dr. Nussbaum is the author of a recent book, “The Finest Traditions of My Calling” (Yale University Press, 2016.) 

Senior medical student David Murphy published, "Listening to the Voices
from the Bateyes,"
a Spanish-language book about HIV in the Dominican Republic.  “The stories are amazing, powerful, unique and provide another perspective about living with HIV,” says Therese Jones, PhD, Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities. The Center provided a scholarship to Murphy to help fund his publication. 

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities
was featured in a CUToday profile.  Dr. Wynia was also interviewed about diagnostic
errors on Colorado Matters.  Listen to the story on Colorado Public Radio. 


An article published in American Medical Association Journal of Ethics:
"Creating a Space for the Arts and Humanities at the Anschutz Medical Campus,"
by Center Associate Director Therese Jones, PhD, describes our unique facility
and program which encompasses education, inquiry, expression and engagement.


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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