Overview Ethics Noon Conference

Since 1997, the Center for Healthcare Ethics has proudly presented the Ethics Noon Conference, a monthly event open to all who work within, are affiliated with or receive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The primary aim of these conferences is to raise the level of awareness and degree of understanding of fundamental as well as emerging issues and concerns in healthcare ethics. Covering a broad range of ethical considerations associated with healthcare practices, healthcare delivery, and the healthcare system, these Conferences always include time for audience participation and interaction.

Matching the range of ethical considerations and diversity of ethical perspectives that may fall under the rubric of healthcare ethics, speakers for Ethics Noon Conference come from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and practice setting - over the years, they have been not only physicians and nurses, philosophers and other academics from across the United States, but also authors, filmmakers, and poets whose insights also help expand our understanding of ethics as pertinent to healthcare.

Ethics Noon Conferences are held in Harvey Morse Auditorium, typically on the third Wednesday of the month (please see below for schedule). A light lunch is available on the day of the conference starting at 11:30 a.m. The session begins promptly at noon and ends at 1 p.m.

Schedule for 2019

  • January 16, 2019: Anthony Back, MD, University of Washington—"What Communication Means to Being a Good Physician"
  • February 20, 2019: D. Micah Hester, PhD, University of Arkansas—"(Non-)Sense and Sensibilities: What Might We Mean by the Patient’s ‘Best Interest'?"

Schedule for 2018

  • January 17, 2018: Paul J. Ford, PhD, The Cleveland Clinic — "Brain Illnesses and Complicated Ethical Choices"
  • February 21, 2018: Brian Mustanski, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — "Ethical Issues in Sexual Health Research with Adolescents"
  • March 21, 2018: Emily Rapp Black, Author & Lucy Kalanithi, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine — "A Dialogue About Loss: When Breath Becomes Air"
  • April 25, 2018: Rabbi Avraham Steinberg MD, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School — "Combining Medicine and Jewish Law: A Personal Experience"
  • May 16, 2018: Jacalyn Duffin, MD, PhD, Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences — "Medical Miracles: Hematologist in the Vatican Archives"
  • June 20, 2018: CANCELLED
  • No Ethics Noon Conference in the months of July & August
  • September 12, 2018: Deepak Sarma, PhD, Case Western Reserve University — "The Karma and Dharma of Hindu Bioethics"
  • October 3, 2018: Christine Porath, PhD, Georgetown University — "Mastering Civility"
  • October 17, 2018: Gretchen A. Case, PhD, University of Utah School of Medicine —Topic: The art of health and healing
  • November 15, 2018: Mildred Cho, PhD, Stanford University—"What’s in a Name? Why Metaphors Matter for Genomics"
  • December 19, 2018: Mark G. Kuczewski, PhD, Loyola University—"Addressing Two Generations of Clinical Ethics Issues Involving Undocumented Patients"

Schedule for 2017

  • January 18, 2017: Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, New York University School of Medicine — "Two Doctors, Two Generations"
  • February 15, 2017: Aasim Padela, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center — "Navigating Challenges in End-of-Life Healthcare: Islamic Bioethical Perspectives"
  • March 15, 2017: Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — Topic: Address healthcare reform with new President now elected
  • April 19, 2017: Heather Jones, MD; Asma M. Moheet, MD; Dawn Robertson, LCSW, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — "Extremis — A Provocative and Powerful Film — But is it Accurate?"
  • May 17, 2017: Andrea Frolic, PhD, McMaster University — Canada's aid-in-dying law
  • June 21, 2017: Hilde Lindermann, PhD, Michigan State University — Critique of Advance Directives
  • No Ethics Noon Conference in the months of July & August
  • September 13, 2017: Jeremy A. Greene, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University – "Medicine at a Distance: The Recurring Ethical Challenges of Telemedicine"
  • October 18, 2017: Connie Draxler, Deputy Director, Office of the Public Guardian, L.A. County Department of Mental Health – Topic: The Office of Public Guardian: it’s Mandate, It’s Processes, It’s Challenges
  • November 15, 2017: Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania – Topic: Gene Drives: Eugenics and Bioethics
  • December 20, 2017: Evelyn Granieri, MD, MPH, MS.Ed, Columbia University Medical Center – Topic: Everyday Ethical Issues for Older Adults

Schedule for 2016

  • Jan. 20, 2016: Jeffrey P. Bishop, MD, PhD, Saint Louis University — "The Good Physician: Maintaining Moral Integrity in the Face of Technocratic Goals"
  • Feb. 17, 2016: Imam Jihad Turk, MA, Bayan Claremont — "Islam, Muslims and Medical Ethics"
  • March 16, 2016: Grace Oei, MD, Loma Limda University Children's Hospitals — "The Ethics of the Use of Prognostrication: An Example from Pediatrics — The Case of Hypoplastic Left Ventricle"
  • April 20, 2016: Christopher Meyers, PhD, CSU Bakersfield — "Cruel Choices: Autonomy and Critical Care Decision-Making"
  • May 11, 2016: Mark J. Bliton, PhD, Kaiser-Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center — "Engaging Beneficial Care in Clinical Encounters: Does Clinical Ethics Have a Chance in the Future of Healthcare?"
  • June 8, 2016: Bert Hansen, PhD, Baruch Collete, City University of New York — "Popular Medical Imagery and American Attitudes Toward Medicine and Medical Ethics: What We Can Learn from LIFE Magazine, 1936-1972"
  • No Ethics Noon Conference in July and August
  • Sept. 21, 2016: Katrina Hedberg, MD, MPH, Oregon Health Division — "Oregon's Death with Dignity Act: 1997-2015"
  • Oct. 19, 2016: Clive Svendsen, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute — "The Ethics of Stem Cell Treatments"
  • Nov. 16, 2016: Jonathan Kimmelman, PhD, McGill University — "Can We Predict the Future of Genetics in Medicine"
  • Dec. 21, 2016: Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD — "When is the Patient Dead? When May California Clinicians Stop Treating Dead Patients — Growing Challenges to the Legal Status of Brain Death"

Schedule for 2015

  • Jan. 21, 2015: Robert Klitzman, MD, Columbia University — "When Doctors Become Patients: Lessons for Clinical Practice"
  • Feb. 11, 2015Amy M. Haddad, PhD —  "Belief in the Salutary Power of Explanations: Poetry and Clinical Interactions"
  • March 18, 2015: David T. Ozar, PhD, Loyola University Chicago — "Three Reasons Why Inter-Professional Collaboration Can Be Complicated"
  • April 29, 2015: Rabbi Avraham Steinberg, MD, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem — "Ethical and Jewish Dilemmas Regarding Modern Genetics"
  • May 13, 2015:  CANCELED
  • June 17, 2015: W. Bruce Fye, MD, Mayo Clinic — "The Origins and Evolution of the Mayo Clinic from 1864 to 1939:  A Minnesota Family Practice Becomes and International 'Medical Mecca'"
  • Sept. 16, 2015: Pete Nicks, Documentary Filmmaker — "Lessons Learned from Making The Waiting Room"
  • Oct. 21, 2015:  Ira R. Byock, MD — "Why We Tolerate 'Bad' Care"
  • Nov. 18, 2015:  Susan M. Wolf, JD — Weinberger-Vermut Lecture in Genetics and Ethics
  • Dec. 16, 2015:  Paul Root Wolpe, PhD — Personalized Medicine, Prognostication, and the Transformation of Medicine into a Risk Management System"

Schedule for 2014

  • Jan. 15, 2014: Timothy E. Quill, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine — "Palliative Care and Ethics: A Case-Based Approach"
  • Feb. 19, 2014: Laurie Zoloth, PhD, Northwestern University — "Subject to Loss: Jewish Medical Ethics and the Duty of Return"
  • March 19, 2014: Cynda Rushton, PhD, RN, Johns Hopkins University — "Transforming Moral Distress into Integrity and Resilience"
  • April 23, 2014: Bruce L. Gewertz, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — "Sustaining Fulfillment in Work and Life"
  • May 21, 2014: D. Malcolm Shaner, MD, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center — "Up in the Air — Suspending Ethical Medical Practice"
  • June 18, 2014: Shelley McKellar, PhD, University of Western Ontario — Topic: The history and ethics of the artificial heart implant
  • Sept. 17, 2014:  Jennifer S. Blumenthal-Barby, PhD, MA, Baylor College of Medicine — "Autonomous" Decisions and the Ethics of Nudging
  • Oct. 15, 2014: Neil Wenger, MD, UCLA — "Stewardship of Medical Care"
  • Nov. 19, 2014: S. Jay Olshanksy, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago — "Should We Extend the Human Life Span?"
  • Dec. 17, 2014: Mark Yarborough, PhD, University of California Davis Medical School — "Public Trust and Biomedical Research: Do Research Institutions Deserve the Trust They Enjoy?"

Schedule for 2013

  • Jan. 16, 2013: Jay Baruch, MD, Brown University — "First Drafts and Open Spaces:  Why Healthcare Providers Should Think Like Creative Writers"
  • Feb. 20, 2013: Michael Bliss, PhD, University of Toronto — "No Ethics? Bioethics in the Age of William Osler"
  • March 20, 2013: Rev. George Handzo, MDiv — "Medicine and Spiritual Care: A Shared Commitment to Listening on the Way to Healing"
  • April 24, 2013: Rabbi Aaron E. Glatt, MD — "The Jewish Medical Ethics Perspective on End-of-Life Issues:  Whose Life is it Anyway?"
  • May 15, 2013: Mark D. Fox, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine — "Back to the Future: Moral Dilemmas in Transplantation"
  • June 19, 2013: David B. Morris, PhD, University of Virginia — "Black Swans, Zebras, and the Strangeness of the Everyday: Low-Probability Events in Biomedicine"
  • Sept. 18, 2013: Margaret P. Battin, PhD, University of Utah — "The Least Worst Death: Moral Experience at Life's Edge"
  • Oct. 16, 2013: Thomas H. Murray, PhD, The Hastings Center — "Olympian Dreams: Genetic Enhancement and the Ethics of Meaning"
  • Nov. 20, 2013: Sarah E. Shannon, PhD, RN, University of Washington — "Is There an Ethical Mandate to Address Conflict within Health Care Teams?"
  • Dec. 18, 2013: Virginia L. Bartlett, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — "Advance Directives, Exerting Control, and Other Myths about Endings"

Schedule for 2012

  • Jan. 18, 2012: Joseph J. Fins, MD, New York — Presbyterian Hospital — "From the Vegetative to Minimally Conscious State: Neuro-Ethics and the Severely Injured Brain"
  • Feb. 15, 2012: Tess Jones, PhD, University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus — "Another Kind of DNR (Do Not Record): Documentary Films, Patient Rights, and Social Responsibility"
  • March 21, 2012: Perri Klass, MD, New York University — "Hearing Secrets and Telling Stories: Doctors as Readers and Writers"
  • April Lecture — CANCELED
  • May 16, 2012: Armand H. Matheny Antommaria, MD, PhD, University of Utah School of Medicine — "Mandate or Moratorium?: Persisting Ethical Controversies in Donation After Circulatory Death"
  • June 13, 2012: Alan M. Kraut, PhD, American University, Washington — "Ethical Roots of the Jewish Hospital: Past and Future"
  • Sept. 19, 2012: Katie L. Watson, JD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine — "Gallows Humor: medical Ethics, Medical Humanities and the Dark Side of Laughter"
  • Oct. 17, 2012: Michael C. Lill, MD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — "Transplanting Jehovah's Witnesses:  Ethical Challenges in Caring for Individuals, Serving Communities, Being Responsible to Society"
  • Nov. 14, 2012: Robert Cook-Deegan, MD, Duke University — "Genomes Beyond Hype: Where is Genomics Taking Us (and can we get there without screwing it up)?"
  • Dec. 19, 2012: Jeffrey Kahn, PhD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University — Title of Talk: TBA (healthcare policy in light of 2012 Presidential election)

Schedule for 2011

  • Jan. 19, 2011: Steven H. Miles, MD, University of Minnesota Medical School — "The Drug Industry, Clinicians and Responsibility: 2010 Update"
  • Feb. 23, 2011: Daniel P. Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, University of Chicago — "Is Osler Still Right? Medicine as a Vocation Today"
  • March 16, 2011: Henry T. Greely, JD, Stanford School of Medicine — "Clinical and Regulatory Challenges in Whole Genome Sequencing"
  • April 13, 2011: Theresa S. Drought, PhD, RN, Kaiser Permanente — "Owning Your Place at the Table: Ethical Obligations, Role Responsibilities, and the Interprofessional Team"
  • May 18, 2011: Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, MTS, University of Washington School of Medicine — "Whole Decision: Autonomy and Paternalism in an Irrational World"
  • June 15, 2011: Peter A. Ubel, MD, Duke University — "Whose Decision: Autonomy and Paternalism in an Irrational World"
  • Sept. 21, 2011: Jodi Halpern, MD, University of California, Berkeley — "Challenges of Clinical Empathy: Clinicians' Emotions and Healthcare Decision Making"
  • Oct. 19, 2011:  Carole Browner, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles — "The Promise and Reality of Genetic Testing in Clinical Neurology:  The Interplay of Hope and Expectation"
  • Nov. 9, 2011: Prof. Bartha Maria Knoppers, McGill University, Montreal — "The Return of Results to Participants: A Minefield?"
  • Dec. 21, 2011: Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, Medical College of Wisconsin — "Ethical and Legal Issues in End-of-Life Care"

Schedule for 2010

  • Jan. 20, 2010 : Rafael Campo, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center  - "The Poetry of Healing"
  • Feb. 3, 2010: Lester D. Friedman, PhD, Hobart and William Smith Colleges — "Medicine on Film: Constructing Images of Healthcare Providers"
  • March 10, 2010:   D. Alan Shewmon, MD, UCLA Medical Center  - "Controversies Surrounding 'Brain Death'"
  • April 7, 2010: Wilfred Graves, Jr., MDiv, PhD, West Los Angeles Church of God in Christ — "The African-American Experience of Illness"
  • May 19, 2010: Harvey J. Makadon, MD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — "The Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Patient: A New Set of Ethical Challenges"
  •  June 16, 2010:  Edmund G.Howe, MD, J.D., Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda MD — "Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, and Ethical Challenges when Caring for Those Who are Fading"
  • Sept. 15, 2010:  Robert Truog, MD, Harvard Medical School — "Medical Futility: When is Enough, Enough?" 
  • Oct. 20, 2010:  Mark J. Bliton, PhD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine — "Divination and DNA: The Hazard, but Inevitability of 'Divination' in Our New Generation"
  • Nov. 17, 2010:  Katherine Brown-Saltzman, RN, M.A., University of California Los Angeles — "Ethics Consultation: Harm or Helpful?"
  • Dec. 15, 2010: Stuart G. Finder, PhD, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center  — "Policy, Practice, Perspective: End of Life Care at CSMC"