Bioethics Seminar – 13 November – Reflections on Procreative Ethics


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Thursday, 13 November, 4:00-5:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University and
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Bioethics, National Institute of Health





David DeGrazia is an American moral philosopher specializing in bioethics and animal ethics. He is Professor of Philosophy at George Washington University, where he has taught since 1989, and the author or editor of several books on ethics, including Taking Animals Seriously: Mental Life and Moral Status (1996),Human Identity and Bioethics (2005), and Creation Ethics: Reproduction, Genetics, and Quality of Life (2012). DeGrazia is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health

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BREAKING NEWS – Center for Bioethics leading faculty named to Institute of Medicine

Professor Mark Hall named among newest members of the Institute of Medicine

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall

Wake Forest University Law and School of Medicine Public Health Sciences Professor Mark Hall has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a subset of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

Hall, the Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, is one of the nation’s leading scholars specializing in law, health care delivery, economics and bioethics. The Wake Forest community has high regard for Hall who, according to the IOM, is the only Reynolda Campus faculty member and the fifth School of Medicine faculty member to be elected to the Institute.

Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh praised Hall’s election to the IOM, stating, “Mark Hall is a virtuoso scholar and colleague. His is among the most prominent scholarly voices nationally on contemporary health-policy and health-law issues. Somehow he also manages to sustain a deeply devoted student following; serve as a key member of Wake Forest’s Center for Bioethics, Health and Society, which he helped found; and contribute in myriad ways to enhancing the life of both our law and medical schools–as one example, he is vice-chair of the search committee for a new law school dean.  What a magnificent choice for this high academic honor.”


Click here for full story:  Professor Mark Hall, JD named to Institute of Medicine

Bioethics Seminar – 23 October – The Challenge of Medical Humanities in Medical Education

JOIN US FOR A BIOETHICS LECTURE: The Challenge of Medical Humanities in
Medical Education

Thursday, 23 October, 4:00-5:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University
Julia & David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, Professor of Bioethics & Emergency Medicine, Director of the Center for Bioethics & Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin

Arthur Derse is the Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Derse is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration, ‘ member and past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member of the board of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics.
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For further information about the Bioethics Seminar Series, please contact Stephanie Reitz: or 758-4256.

Bioethics Seminar – October 9 – Ethical Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research

JOIN US FOR A BIOETHICS LECTURE:  Ethical Issues in Comparative Effectiveness Research

Thursday, 9 October, 4:00-5:00 pm, Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Clinical Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York

Many health care facilities and medical practices are doing more and more research designed to increase understanding of current “standard of care” treatments: how well they work, how much they cost, whether their benefits can be increased and their side effects reduced. Although it seems we should already know the answers to those questions, many medical treatments have been introduced into practice without a lot of formal research, for both historical and practical reasons. Comparative effectiveness research compares different standard treatments to answer some or all of these questions. Yet it has sometimes been controversial, raising questions like “Is this really research, or is it treatment, or both?”, and creating confusion about what is known and not known already, what should be disclosed in the consent form and process, and sometimes whether informed consent is needed at all. Everyone who might in the future be a patient, a research subject, a health care provider, a researcher, or an IRB member should be interested in learning more about ethical issues in comparative effectiveness research.

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Bioethics Seminar – 11 September 2014 – Spirituality and Religion in Critical Illness

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Spirituality and Religion in Critical Illness

Thursday, 11 September, 4:00-5:00 pm

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404,  Reynolda Campus,

Wake Forest University

Thomas McCormick, D Min, Senior Lecturer Emeritus, Dept of Bioethics & Humanities, School of Medicine, University of Washington

Thomas McCormick is Senior Lecturer Emeritus in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington School of Medicine.  In 1974, he developed the School of Medicine’s first program in medical ethics. He has taught a variety of elective courses in bioethics there, and was responsible for bringing ethics into the core curriculum. In addition to his extensive teaching and publication, Dr. McCormick is currently an ethics consultant to Harborview Medical Center and an adjunct professor in bioethics at the School of Medicine, Midwestern University, Glendale Branch, Glendale, Arizona.

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Alumnus, Blake Winston, has article published in Journal of Emergency Medical Services – A Review of the Updated NAEMT Code of Ethics


To read article click here:  A Review of the Updated NAEMT Code of Ethics .

Daniel Lipford, Bioethics Student, to Give Presentation at Comics and Medicine Conference



Daniel Lipford, Bioethics Student, to Give Presentation at Comics and Medicine Conference


Daniel Lipford, a Bioethics Master of Arts graduate student, has been accepted to give an oral presentation at the Comics and Medicine, 2014 Baltimore conference at Johns Hopkins University on June 26-28, 2014. His presentation, entitled “Embodied Harmony: Uniting Body and Self in Comics,” is about the ways people use narratives to cope with illness, particularly comics. Rita Charon argues that illness splinters the identity of the ill into what she calls the story told by “the body” and the story told by “the self.” Telling illness narratives is largely the process of harmonizing those two stories. Following Charon’s distinction, comics are uniquely powerful illness narratives because they naturally require the visual embodiment of both the story of the self and the story of the body. When this embodiment occurs, the self and the body are united on the page–the chaos of illness is turned into embodied harmony.


WFU Bioethics Graduate Program and Center of Bioethics, Health & Society, 5/2/2014

Alumni’s views on Bioethical Training for Patient Care

How Bioethical Training is Essential to Patient Care:


A graduate and a current student of the Master of Arts in Bioethics program talk about ways they use bioethical training as part of patient care:

Lisa Hammon, associate director of the Medical Center’s Clinical Risk Management Department, was among the first class of students in 2009. She studied while working full time and received her degree in 2012. A registered nurse, Hammon has long been interested in bioethics. She has worked in surgical critical care, organ transplantation, and has served on the Clinical Ethics Committee since 1990.

“Risk management and ethics are partners in patient care at our hospital,” Hammon explained. “Our role in risk management is to engage hospital faculty and staff in identifying systems issues that result in preventable harm to patients and resolving these issues to reduce future harm. Our ethical mandate is truth-telling when an event occurs, including both disclosure and apology for medical errors. These are all part of our commitment to keep patients and families safe through our Safety Starts Here program.”

James Black, MD, a Lexington gynecologist, sees a burgeoning need for bioethical consultations as baby boomers swell the Medicare ranks. He sees his experience, combined with bioethical training, as a productive way to wind down his clinical career and transition to a second career teaching, writing and consulting about bioethics.

“I feel that I can bring to those consults some grassroots wisdom accumulated over many years of caring for local patients.”

We are on the move – the Graduate Programs in Bioethics move into the Wake Forest Innovative Quarter

Bioethics Moves into a New Era.

Bioethics Alumni Spotlight of the Quarter – April 2014 – Deb Love, JD, MBA, MA


Deb Love (MA ’11) describes bioethics as a “calling” she didn’t fully understand at the time she embarked on the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University. Educated to think like an attorney, Deb arrived in the program with a background in organizational change and interpersonal dynamics, including family systems theory.  At the time of enrollment, Deb was simply looking for a new and inspired career direction that would allow her to apply her training, experience and education to the context of healthcare.  She quickly discovered that the vast field of bioethics greatly captured her attention and that she had indeed found her “calling” in a new vocational path.

During her time in the Graduate Program, Deb interned at the University of North Carolina Center for Bioethics in Chapel Hill, NC.  Her combined experiences in course work and internship revealed that she was particularly drawn to improving communication in the physician/patient relationship, particularly in end of life issues.  Upon graduation she continued to work at UNC as the Clinical Ethics Outreach Partner, where she was able to make connections with bioethics colleagues across the state.  There, Deb played a leadership role in founding the Clinical Ethics Network of North Carolina (CENNC) and became active in statewide efforts.  Together with colleagues, Deb helped establish the North Carolina Partnership for Compassionate Care (NCPCC), a program of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation to promote conversations about advance care planning.  Her work with NCPCC prompted an invitation to join a task force for transforming end of life care at Novant Health in Winston-Salem, NC.  Today, Deb is the Corporate Director of Bioethics for Novant Health, where she is charged with enhancing the professionalism and processes of the ethics committees at Novant Health’s fifteen medical centers.   Deb also works to establish new models for embedding ethics into the acute care setting, with the aim of promoting conversations earlier in the disease continuum.  Deb has retained an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of North Carolina and is hopeful for opportunities for research collaboration in the future.   

The new career direction Deb sought on entering the Graduate Program in Bioethics at Wake Forest University has come to fruition. In retrospect Deb realizes that personal life experiences drew her into this aspiring field, and her Masters in Bioethics helped shape her focus.  Her degree is her work, and without her MA in Bioethics she would not be in her current role.  As a member of the inaugural class, Deb is grateful for her time spent at Wake Forest University.  Deb will always recall the spirited cross-generational dialogue that occurred around the table, especially over cases in Clinical Ethics or in Current Topics.  The opportunity to explore a topic in depth with others was a gift the program offered Deb.  Most of all, Deb remembers the enduring friendships formed with classmates and faculty, claiming she will “never be able to fully express” her gratitude for the support from faculty mentors at both Wake Forest University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 

Deb currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC and Winston-Salem, NC with her husband John Grubenhoff.  Together Deb and John enjoy traveling to see their children and grandchildren, attending baseball games, and listening to classic jazz.   Deb has recently discovered a new passion in the game of golf, which creates balance between work and play and teaches her to be both humble and confident at the same time.