Bioethics in a Violent World: Health Professionals in
Times of War, Genocide, and Political Conflict
Nearly 80 years after German physicians and other health professionals were complicit in Nazi war crimes, health professionals continue to practice during times of war and political conflict. While some work on behalf on authoritarian dictatorial governments to inflict harm, others work to treat soldiers and civilians through the most extreme conditions imaginable. It is the mission of the CU Center for Bioethics and Humanities Holocaust Genocide and Contemporary Bioethics (HGCB) program to “inspire and guide health professionals to practice with competence, compassion, respect and justice, and to always uphold our duty to protect patients.”
The 2019 HGCB program will pay homage to the past while discussing contemporary ethical considerations for health professionals and communities today. How do the principles of justice, autonomy, beneficence, and non-maleficence apply in situations of mass casualties, inadequate facilities, documented human rights violations, and scarce supplies? This program will address the ethical challenges faced by health professionals working during times of war and political conflict as well as ethical challenges faced by health professionals working with refugees and displaced persons, exploring lessons learned from the Holocaust through the challenges facing health professionals today in the fall out of contemporary war crimes and political violence.
Len Rubenstein, JD, from Johns Hopkins, a lawyer who has worked on human rights issues and has broad knowledge about the experiences of health professionals during times of war and conflict, beginning with WWII.
Zaher Sahloul, MD, is a critical care specialist at Christ Advocate Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Sahloul is the immediate past president of and a senior advisor to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a humanitarian and advocacy organization that provides medical relief to Syrians and Syrian refugees. Sahloul also is the founder of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, a coalition of 14 US-based humanitarian organizations working in Syria.Dr. Sahloul is also a former medical school classmate of Bashar al-Alssad.
2019 Program: (Save the Dates)
April 30th Anschutz Medical Campus Evening presentation with Len Rubenstein and Zaher Sahloul.
May 1st Anschutz Medical Campus: Noon Grand Rounds with Len Rubenstein and Zaher Sahloul.
May 2nd CU Colorado Springs Campus: Noon presentation with Matthew Wynia and local experts.
May 3rd CU Downtown Denver Campus: Noon presentation with Matthew Wynia and local experts.
Support: There are several ways to get involved in our 2019 programming:
For information about donations, contact Allison.Krebs at 303-724-8227 at the CU Office of Advancement.
Thank you to our founding sponsor, the
William S. Silvers, MD Endowment.