Category Archives: Events

Exploring Ethics Series – December 1st – Ethical Issues in Neonatal & Perinatal End-of-Life Care

Christine Elizabeth Bishop, M.D.

CHRISTINE BISHOP, MD, MA, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics (Neonatology), Wake Forest School of Medicine,
Chair of the Clinical Ethics Consultation Subcommittee, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Alumna of the Graduate Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University
12:00-1:00 PM
Conference Room 10C, 10th Floor Conference Room, Comprehensive Cancer Center at WFBMC.

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Bioethics Seminar – 3 November – The Authority of the Ethics Consultant

This fall’s Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society lecture series features visiting speakers whose work illustrates the varied uses of narrative and viewpoint in bioethics

The Authority of the Ethics Consultant
Tuesday 3 November 5:00-6:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404 Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Hawaii–Manoa

Dr. Kipnis has taught in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii since 1979. This semester, he is Visiting Professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. His areas of specialization are ethics and philosophy of law. He has published over 50 articles and authored, co-authored, or edited eight books, on topics including ethics in pediatrics, legal ethics, prison and military medicine, criminal justice, research ethics, and disaster health care. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Medical Association’s Chicago headquarters and a Visiting Senior Faculty member at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He serves regularly as an expert witness in ethics- related court cases. His lecture addresses the connections between the viewpoint of bioethics and the the role of ethics expertise in consultation and in the courtroom.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Refreshments to follow

October 13 – Presentation – The Dialogic Case Study, Bioethics Pedagogy & the Ethics of Nature


Richard Robeson

Adjunct Professor of Practice-Bioethics, Dept. of Communication; Bioethics Faculty, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Case examples will cover a rich variety of subject/issue areas, but the centerpiece of the presentation will be a case involving bioethics, biotechnology and law, which was built in Robeson’s Spring 2011 M.A. in Bioethics class, and has since been featured a number of times at Wake Forest University School of Law, and in Spring 2013 COM 370 — “Communication Ethics/Bioethics: An Interface. “
4:00-5:00 PM, 102 Carswell Hall, Reynolda Campus


Nancy King, JD appointed to the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

Nancy King, JD, Professor, Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Co-Director, Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and Graduate Program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University, has been appointed by US Dept of Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Burwell to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) for a 4-year term beginning 21st October 2015.

The SACHRP provides expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on issues and topics pertaining to the protection of human research subjects. The Committee was created in 2001.

To date SACHRP has focused its attention on areas such as research involving children, prisoners, and individuals with impaired decision-making capacity; informed consent and the use of biospecimens; harmonization of human subjects regulations and guidance; the reduction of regulatory burden; the HIPAA Privacy Rule; community-engaged research, and accreditation.

In upcoming meetings, SACHRP will discuss recommendations to HHS about the recently released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on changes to the federal regulations for human subjects research.

Enrollment Deficits under the Affordable Care Act (Oct. 2015)

The Wake Forest Law School’s Health Law and Policy Center has issued a report on “enrollment deficits” under the Affordable Care Act,  in North Carolina’s rural counties.  Prepared with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, this report focuses on the unenrolled population that is potentially eligible for subsidies through the “marketplace” exchange — in order to better target outreach and enrollment efforts.

Enrollments Deficits under the Affordable Care Act – October 2015 –

Edwin Shoaf, Research Associate and Mark A. Hall, Professor of Law & Public Health, Wake Forest University School of Law.

Bioethics Seminar – 6 October – Narrating Bioethics through Feminist Modes of Thinking

Professor Emerita of Philosophy, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Dr. Rosemarie Tong retired in 2015 as Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at UNC Charlotte. Internationally recognized for her contributions to feminist thought and bioethics, Dr. Tong has published 13 books and over 100 scholarly articles, providing expert advice and oversight regarding issues such as health care reform, genetic and reproductive technology, biomedical research, and ethics and public policy. Her lecture addresses the narrative perspectives of feminist bioethics.

Co-sponsored with the Department of Philosophy, Wake Forest University

Tuesday 6 October 5:00-6:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University
Reception to Follow



Bioethics Seminar – “The Grand Inquisitor: Toward an Ethics of Medical Narrative”

TERRENCE HOLT, MD, PhD, , Assistant Professor, Social Medicine & Director of Literature, Medicine, UNC School of Medicine – Chapel Hill

Holt PhotoDr. Holt taught English literature and creative writing before entering medical school. He is not only an academic physician with a diverse geriatric practice and a wide range of scholarly and teaching interests, including narrative medicine, but also an acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction. He directs UNC-Chapel Hill’s new master’s program in Literature, Medicine, and Culture, and describes his clinical work as “fascinating and deeply rewarding,” adding: “[M]oving between literature and medicine deepens my understanding and practice of both.” His most recent book, Internal Medicine, is a collection of short stories about physicians and patients.

Dr. Holt’s book “Internal Medicine:  A Doctor’s Stories”  will be available for purchase at the bookstore prior to the talk and at the talk on the 22nd September.
5:00-6:00 PM, Reception to follow
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Wake Forest University

Bioethics Seminar – 8 September – “Personal Narratives & Bioethics: Intersex Stories”

ANA ILTIS, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, and Director of The Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, Wake Forest University

A recent collection of personal stories published in Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics provides insight into the health care experiences of persons who identify as intersex. This talk explores themes from these narratives and the lessons they offer for bioethics and for clinicians.

5:00-6:00 PM, Reception to follow
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Wake Forest University

Exploring Ethics Conference Series – Thursday, 30 April, Ana Iltis, PhD, “Understanding & Communicating Risk in Health Care


Comprehensive Cancer Center, 10th Floor Conference Room, 10C

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Effective risk communication is essential in clinical care, biomedical research and public health.  Yet there are numerous barriers to communicating risks in ways that patients and research subjects can readily understand and use in making health care choices.  This presentation will explore the importance of effective risk communication, identify common challenges that professionals confront in communicating risks and propose strategies to improve risk communication.