Past Conferences

2014: Immunizations across the Lifespan: Ethical and Legal Implications

  • "Immunizations: Individual Rights vs. Societal Obligation" - Dennis Sansom Ph.D.
  • "Adult Immunization: Do Disparities Have Ethical Implications?" - William Schaffner, M.D.
  • "Requiring Immunizations for Health Care Workers: Fair and Just?" - Lisa M. Lee, Ph.D., MS, (Pellegrino Medalist) .
  • "Pediatric Immunizations: the Effect of Conscientious Objection" - David Kimberlin, M.D.
  • "The Illusion of Charity Care" - Bruce White, D.O., J.D. (Pellegrino Medalist)

2013: Marketplace Medicine and Conflicts of Interest

  • "Fear and Loathing in Medical Research" - Carl Elliott, M.D., Ph.D.
  • "Health Care Reform and the Market" - Leonard Jack Nelson, III, J.D., LL.M.
  • "Parient Demands and Accommodations" - Bruce White, D.O., J.D.

2012: Moral Distress at the Bedside

A Role for Hospital Ethics Committees?

  • "Collaboration of a Nursing Ethics Roundtable and a Hospital Ethics Committee to Decrease Moral Distress at the Bedside" - Joy Hinson Penticuff, RN, Ph.D.
  • "The Role of Ethics Committees in Catholic Hospitals" - Leonard Jack Nelson, III, J.D., LL.M.
  • "Medical Futility and Moral Distress" - John Lantos, M.D.
  • "The Moral Distress of an Outside-the-Loop Clinician: Challenges for Pharmacists as Newcomers to the Health Care Team" - David Brushwood, R.Ph., J.D.
  • "The Effect of Completing a Surrogacy Information Tool on Admission to an Intensive Care Unit on Length of Stay and Charges: A Case Study" - Bruce D. White, D.O., J.D. Case study article

2011: Eliminating Healthcare Disparities

An Ethical Quagmire?

  • "Health Disparities: Just and Unjust" - Robert Veatch, Ph.D.
  • “From Stem Cells to Cloning: Where Are We Now?" - Gregory Pence, Ph.D.
  • Panel Discussion on Health Disparities: The Case of an Undocumented Immigrant with End Stage Renal Disease - Denyse Thornley-Brown, M.D., Gregory E. Pence, Ph.D., Robert Veatch, Ph.D.
  • “Notes on the Role of University-Based Ethics Programs and Their Communities” - Joseph O. Dean, Jr., Ph.D.
  • “The Health Impact of Resolving Racial Disparities: An Analysis of US Mortality Data” - David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Case study, “The Family from Hell” - Bruce D. White, D.O., J.D.

2010: Are Codes of Ethics Enough?

  • “Codes, Standards of Care, and the Differences between Ethics and Law” - Bruce White, D.O., J.D.
  • “Developing Ethical Standards: The Role of People, the Role of Codes” - Joseph Fink III, B.S.Pharm, J.D.
  • “Ethics Code Design: Emerging Best Practices” - John Knapp, Ph.D.
  • “Applying the Health Education Code of Ethics to other Health Care Professions” - Chuck Sands, Ph.D.
  • “Codes Are More Than Rules, They Are Virtues” - Dennis Sansom, Ph.D.
  • “Primer on Clinical Ethics for Ethics Committee Members” - Ronn Huff, M.A.(c)
  • “Codes of Ethics: Setting the Goal Posts for Professionalism?” - DeWitt C. Baldwin, Jr., M.D., Sc.D. (Hon)
  • “Codes and Care at the Bedside: The Nurse’s Dilemma” - Joy Penticuff, R.N., Ph.D.

2009: The Intersection of Faith and Ethics in Healthcare

  • “The Numinous, the Medical and the Moral” - Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., Ph.D.
  • “The Fine Edge Between Light and Shadow: Spirituality, Illness and Dignity” - Karen Lebacqz, Ph.D. 
  • “When to be Spiritual in Health Care” - Dennis Sansom, Ph.D.
  • "Conscientious Objection and the Future of Catholic Health Care" - Leonard J. Nelson, J.D., LL.M.
  • “Self-Deception, Medical Practice and the Eclipse of Spirituality” - John Knapp, Ph.D.
  • “Justice: Bedside Clinical Ethics’ Next Great Challenge” - Bruce D. White, D.O., J.D.

2008: Healthcare Reform

Access, Economics and Obligation

  • “Children’s Access to Health Care: The Puzzling U.S. Attitude” - Loretta Kopelman, Ph.D. - Response, Leonard J. Nelson III, J.D., LL.M.
  • “Securing Access to the Healing Pool” - William May, Ph.D. - Response, Wilton Bunch, M.D., Ph.D.
  • “An Argument for Universal Health Care” - Melvin Brandon, Ph.D.
  • “Finite Care in a World of Infinite Need” - Stanley Hauerwas, Ph.D. - Response, Dennis Sansom, Ph.D.
  • “Health Economics and Politics: A Historical Perspective” - Robert Helms, Ph.D. - Response, Michael Morrisey, Ph.D.

2007: Struggling with Improving Bedside End-of-Life Care

  • Medical Futility: Where Do We Stand?, Lawrence J. Schneiderman, MD 
  • Insights from Tarot about Futility Decisions: The Hanged Man, Amy Haddad, Ph.D., R.N. 
  • Where is God in Suffering and Death?, Wilton H. Bunch, MD, PhD.