Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL)

The Healthcare Ethics and Law Institute at Samford University is an interdisciplinary center designed to support ethical decision-making in healthcare settings. The Institute hosts an annual conference where the Pellegrino Medal is awarded to recognized thought leaders in the field of healthcare. Samford faculty from across the university are also given the opportunity to present at the conference.

2013 HEaL Conference

At the 2013 conference, Mann Center program manager Azalea Hulbert and Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing faculty member Jennifer Coleman facilitated a session titled "Better World Theatre: Teaching Ethics through the Arts." Samford students Kristin Aebli, Helen Degree, Cat Forman, Claire Gaxiola, Noor Hussein, Libby McCully, and Christina Witt participated in the session as actors and facilitators.

Audience members respond to ethical case scenariosClaire Gaxiola and Kristen Aebli in 'Dream Sequence'Cat Forman (in shadow) and Kristen Aebli in 'Dream Sequence'Christina Witt and Kristen Aebli in 'Dream Sequence'Noor Hussein, Helen Degree, and Libby McCully lead the audience in a discussion of 'Dream Sequence'

2012 HEaL Conference

During the 2012 conference, Dr. Knapp interviewed Dr. John Lantos, one of the 2012 Pellegrino medalists. Similar interviews with other thought leaders are available here.

2009 and 2010 HEaL Conferences

At the 2009 HEAL Conference, Mann Center Director Dr. John Knapp presented on "Self-Deception, Medical Practice and the Eclipse of Spirituality" and in 2010, spoke on “Ethics Code Design: Emerging Best Practices."

Participants in the 2009 HEAL ConferenceParticipants in the 2010 HEAL ConferenceParticipants in the 2012 HEAL Conference



Drayton Nabers, Jr.

Brooks Hall, 227A


C. Cameron Collins 
Program Manager
Brooks Hall, 227B

Mitzi Lafferty  
Administrative Assistant
Brooks Hall, 227
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 The Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership emphasizes the indispensable connection between ethics and good leadership in business, government, social services and the classic professions. Much of the center’s work is at this vital nexus of ethics and leadership. 

Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
205-726-4634 or Cameron Collins, Program Manager