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Bioethics Grand Rounds


Our next Grand Rounds will be January 2015

Paul Menzel and Bonnie Steinbock

January 14, 2015
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Room T-747 HSB

reception to follow

Dr. Menzel and Steinbock will address the issues surrounding advance directives for dementia.

Paul T. Menzel, PhD is  Professor Emeritus of Philosophy  at Pacific Lutheran University and Affiliate Professor of Bioethics & Humanities at the University of Washington. Dr. Menzel’s scholarly work has been focused on health care ethics and includes two books on moral questions in health care economics, numerous articles on health system structure and health care reform, and a recently co-edited book (2012) on the tension between treatment and prevention in health policy.   

Bonnie Steinbock, PhD is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University at Albany and a founding faculty member of the Union-Mount Sinai Bioethics Program. Like Dr. Menzel, she is a renowned bioethicist.  Her scholarship focusses on reproduction and genetics. She is a Fellow of the Hastings Center and has served on a number of working groups in the United States and Europe. Recent articles have been on advance directives, dementia, and physician-assisted death, the appeal to nature, and wrongful life and procreative decisions. She is the author of Life Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of Embryos and Fetuses, a second edition of which was published Oxford University Press in July 2011.


We invite you to join us for Bioethics Grand Rounds, co-sponsored by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities and the Ethics Advisory Committee at the University of Washington Medical Center.

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Date Speaker Topic
Nov 2014 David Schenck, PhD "Death's Broker: Ethics Consultation in the ICU"
Feb 2014 Wylie Burke, MD, PhD "Delivering Precision Medicine: The Role of
Practical Wisdom"
Nov 2013 Doug Opel, MD, MPH Shared Decisiion-Making in Medicine: A Decrepit Concept
Oct 2013 Panel Discussion w/ UW Ethics Advisory Committee:
Moderators: Laura Webster, RN MA and Jamie Shirley, RN, PhD
The Capacity Conundrum: When Should We Compel Life-Sustaining Treatments Over the Objection of Incompetent Patients?
Arp 2013 Rebecca Levine, JD, MPH From Congress and Courts to the Bench and Bedside: Promoting Dialogue between the Health Care and Disability Communities
Nov 2012 Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Eyes Wide Open: Physician Relationship
with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Sep 2012 Sallie Thieme-Sanford, J.D.

The Supreme Court’s ACA Decision and “the neediest among us”

Apr 2012 Kelly Edwards, Ph.D.

"People Matter: Innovative Approaches to Engage Participants in Research"

Feb 2012 Michael J. Souter, M.B.Ch.B
"Donation after Cardiac Death –Shades of Grey"
Nov 2011 John T. Slattery, Ph.D. and
S. Malia Fullerton, D.Phil
“Promoting Responsible Collection and Use of Residual Clinical Specimens in Research: the Washington Phenotyped Biospecimen Resource”
Sep 2011 J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH "Integrating palliative and critical care: An empirical approach to providing ethical and high quality end-of-life care"
Apr 2011 Mark Tonelli, MD MA "The End of Evidence: The Ethics and Epistemology of Clinical Decision Making"
Feb 2011 Paul W. Zarutskie, MD "From Babies to Stem Cells: The Ethics of Reproductive Technologies"
Nov 2010 Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD MTS; Thomas Gallagher, MD;
Mary Beth Foglia, PhD RN

“Should hospitals disclose adverse events that might harm multiple patients?”

Sep 2010 James Gordon, MD, FRCPC, FAAN

"Neurological Enhancement and Moral Decision making in Medicine"

Apr 2010 Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, RN ‘Why Do Families Request “Futile” Life-Sustaining Treatments?’
Feb 2010 Pat Kuszler, MD, JD and
Sallie Sanford, JD
“How about Health Care Reform? What’s the Prognosis?” 


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