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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.  

will open at the Art Gallery at the Fulginiti Pavilion on Thursday January 11th.   



"Waiting for a Miracle? Strategies for Engaging Patient and Family Beliefs," will be
presented by Rev. Heather L. Weidemann, M.Div, ACPE Certified Educator, on Thursday 
December 14 from noon-1:00pm
at the University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Outpatient
Pavilion, (AOP) Room 2005-6.  Learn more>>


Exhibit Opening Reception and Gallery Talk on Thursday, January 11th.
Mia Brownell, "Plate to Platelets: and Other Things that Travel and Bind,"
Reception from 4:00-7:00pm and Gallery Talk with Artist, Mia Brownell and Curator,
Simon Zalkind at 6:00pm.  Learn more>>​   

Psychiatrist and author Dr. Christine Montross​ will present, The Edge of Madness: 
A Literary Exploration of Aggression and Self-Injury in Solitary Confinement
on Wednesday, January 17th from 4:00-5:00pm at the Fulginiti Pavilion.  Acts of aggression
and self-injury committed by those incarcerated in solitary confinement are often interpreted as
evidence of their dangerous natures and justification for continued isolation and detention. Yet
studies have shown that sensory deprivation and isolation can give rise to violent fantasies and
aggressive actions, even in people who were previously psychologically well.  Dr. Montross will
explore these themes in "On Isolation," a chapter from her forthcoming new book on mental
illness in the criminal justice system.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Human Touch 2018.  Students, faculty, staff
and friends of the Anschutz Medical Campus are invited to submit prose, poetry,
photography and graphic art to this annual anthology.  Deadline is January 8th. 
Details at

Health Affairs Today features an essay,  "Accepting Professional Accountability:
A Call For Uniform National Data Collection On Medical Aid-In-Dying,"
Jean T. Abbott  Jacqueline J. Glover  Matthew K. Wynia.

Renowned pianist & psychiatrist Richard Kogan, MD performed "Beethoven:
Tragedy and Triumph,"​
 on November 9th 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.  

Nominations for the 2018 Professor Bernie Karshmer Award are now open.
This award acknowledges and celebrates Bernie's commitment to education and open
dialog, community service and arts advocacy.  Submission deadline is December 15th.
Click for details.​


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 September 11-13, 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 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.


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.


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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