Academics & Research

Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH)

Other Visiting Speakers

Larry D. Cripe, M.D.

Larry D. Cripe, M.D.

Larry D. Cripe, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine, Service Line Chief, Hematology and Oncology, IU Health Physicians. Dr. Cripe is a founding co-director of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center’s Mary Margaret Walther Palliative Care Research and Education Program. Prior to several studies of oncologist – patient communication and end of life health care decisions of people with poor prognosis malignancies, Dr. Cripe served as principal investigator in numerous national clinical and translational trials involving the development of treatments for people with acute leukemia and related disorders. The goal of his current research is to develop computer-supported communication and decision-making frameworks to increase the likelihood that people with poor prognosis malignancies receive care consistent with their preferences and goals.

In addition, Dr. Cripe writes and reads Grace Notes, radio essays on end-of-life care, broadcast through the nationally syndicated radio program, Sound Medicine. On April 26th, Dr. Cripe  spoke to HCI Supportive Oncology Grand Rounds as well as facilitating an Evening Ethics Discussion that Evening, “Virtue Ethics and Decisions to Limit Potentially Life-Sustaining Therapies.”  

Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH

Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH

Linda Ganzini, MD, MPH, is professor of psychiatry and medicine at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  She is Oregon's principal researcher on physician-assisted dying.  Dr. Ganzini presented an Internal Medicine Grand Rounds on October 29, 2015, "Oregon Health Care Providers' Experiences with Legalized Physician-Assisted Dying" and a noon, public lecture, also on October 29, 2015, co-sponsored by UtahPresents & the Division of Medical Ethics & Humanities, "The Oregon Death with Dignity Act: Why do Patients Request Assisted Death?"  Videos of both talks can be found here.

Dr. Ganzini also facilitated an Evening Ethics Discussion on October 28th, "Death with Dignity Laws: What do they Mean for Physicians?

Jeanne Nollman

Jeanne Nollman

Jeanne Nollman was a board member and past President for the largest intersex support group in the world, AIS-DSD (Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome-Disorders of Sex Development) for 7 years. She has spent the last 10 years educating doctors, lawyers, therapists, social workers, the criminal justice system, and students on what intersex is and how people with DSD are impacted physically and psychologically.  

Ms. Nollman spoke with 2nd year medical students in the "Layers of Medicine" course, and presented and facilitated discussion at an Evening Ethics, September 17, 2015, 5:30-7:00pm, HSEB 2120: "Intersex: The Blurred Lines of Biological Sex."

Kimberly Myers, PhD

Kimberly Myers, PhD

Kimberly Myers, Ph.D., associate professor of Humanities and English at Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, and member at the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine, visited the University of Utah in conjunction with the opening of the traveling art exhibit, "Edges of Light: Images of Breast Transformation. The exhibit included photographs by Wendy Palmer and verbal reflections by Kimberly Myers and will be shown at the Eccles Health Science Library April 13-May 15, 2015

Dr. Myers is the author of Illness in the Academy: A Collection of Pathographies by Academics (Purdue University Press, 2007). A book signing was held at both the Evening Ethics Discussion and at the Tanner Humanities Lecture. The following events featured Dr. Myers:

  • Lecture open to public, faculty, staff, students on Monday, April 13th, 3:30-5pm, Tanner Humanities Building, the Jewel Box, (Room 143): An Aesthetic of Illness: De/Re- Constructing Breast Cancer through Lens and Ink 
  • Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Grand Rounds, Tuesday, April 14th, 7:30 am, Huntsman Cancer Hospital Trail View Room, 6th Floor: Images of Breast Transformation: One Survivor's Project for Others on the Journey
  • Evening Ethics Discussion on Wednesday, April 15th, 5:30-7pm, Research Administration Building, 1st floor conference room:  " Intimacies of Illness: The Ethics of Self-Disclosure
Susan Dorr Goold, MD,MHSA, MA

Susan Dorr Goold, MD,MHSA, MA

Susan Dorr Goold, MD,MHSA, MA is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Bioethics Program at the University of Michigan, where she earned her medical degree and her master’s in Health Management and Policy. She did her internal medicine residency at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on allocation of scarce health care resources, especially the priorities of patients and the public. Her projects, using an allocation simulation exercise, CHAT (Choosing Health Plans All Together), have involved educators, community organizations, employer groups, and others in over twenty states and several countries. She has served on editorial boards of the Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Bioethics, the MIT Press, and Rowman and Littlefield, and on the boards for the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the International Society on Priorities in Health Care. In 2007 she was appointed to the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

Marjorie Ginsburg, MPH

Marjorie Ginsburg, MPH

Marjorie Ginsburg, MPH, is founder and Executive Director of Sacramento Healthcare Decisions (SHD). An independent nonprofit organization formed in 1994, its purpose is to involve the public in improving healthcare policy and practice. For the past eight years, her work has focused primarily on identifying societal decisions on the use of finite healthcare resources. She also works with other states in their efforts to involve citizens in setting coverage priorities. Marge currently serves on NCQA’s Committee on Performance Measurement; the board of Integrated Healthcare Association; California Technology Assessment Forum and California Hospital Assessment & Reporting Task Force (CHART). Previously, she was co-chair of the California Coalition for Compassionate Care and served on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee for its initiative Community-State Partnerships to Improve End-of-Life Care. Prior to moving to Sacramento in 1990, she spent 15 years in management and administration of community-based geriatric services in San Francisco.

Dr. Allan Ainsworth

Dr. Allan Ainsworth

Dr. Allan Ainsworth received his Ph.D. in medical anthropology at the University of Utah in 1984. He has worked with marginalized peoples for the last 30 years, including projects with the Zuni Tribe of New Mexico, the Hopi Tribe of Arizona, and the Tulalip Tribes and Quinault Tribe of Washington State.

Allan is currently the executive director of Wasatch Homeless Health Care, Inc., a position he has held since 1988. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Medical Anthropology and a Fellow of the Association of Applied Anthropology. He also holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Utah and facilitates classes for first and second-year medical students in social medicine for the School of Medicine.

Allan is past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council and sits on a number of state and local boards in Utah. He received the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Elizabeth K. Cooke Advocacy MVP Award in March of 2008.

Dr. David N. Sundwall

Dr. David N. Sundwall

In January 2005, Dr. David N. Sundwall was nominated by Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. to serve as Executive Director of the Utah State Department of Health (UDOH) and confirmed by the State Senate. In this capacity he supervises a workforce of almost 1,000 employees with a budget of approximately $2.0 billion. He currently serves as President of Association of State & Territorial Health Officers (ASHTO), serves on the Executive Committee of ASTHO and represents this organization on the National Governor’s Association’s (NGA) State e-Health Alliance.Dr Sundwall has extensive experience in federal government and national health policy, including: Chairman of the CDC’s Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee; Chairman of the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME); Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Public Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Assistant Surgeon General in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service; Co-Chairman of the HHS Secretary’s Task Force on Medical Liability and Malpractice, and was the Secretary’s designee to the National Commission to Prevent Infant Mortality. He has also served as Health Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.

Dr. Sundwall is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Family Practice. He is licensed to practice medicine in the District of Columbia and Utah and currently volunteers weekly at a UDOH public health clinic for the underserved in Salt Lake City. Dr. Sundwall has academic appointments at three medical schools: the University of Utah, Georgetown University School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is a staff writer on medicine and science for the New Yorker.  He is also author of the award winning book, Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science, and Better: A Surgeons Notes on Performance.  Dr. Gawande spoke at the Huntsman Cancer Institute Auditorium at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 24th.

17th Annual Intermountain Medical Ethics Conference on Epidemics: Ethics, Edicts and Economics

The media has raised public awareness and concern about the inevitability of another global epidemic of influenza.  Many readers and viewers react at a personal level wondering what is the risk to us and what can we do to prevent it.  Our conference addressed the probable situation where most cases cannot be prevented or treated. In that circumstance many millions will be ill, millions will die, billions of dollars will be lost, our economy and infrastructure will be severely affected, and ethical principles will be stretched or ignored.  The conference explored how to assess and minimize human and economic losses and how to design and implement legal and policy measures that work to preserve public health with minimal compromise of human rights.  We explored the ethical challenges and sought an ethical formula within which government, health care institutions, and health care providers can respond to a disease catastrophe of unprecedented magnitude.

Mark A. Rothstein, J.D.

Mark A. Rothstein, J.D.

Mark Rothstein holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and is Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh and his J.D. from Georgetown University. Professor Rothstein is a leading authority on the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics, privacy, occupational health, employment law, and public health law. He is Chair of the Subcommittee on Privacy and Confidentiality of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics, the statutory advisory committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health information policy, including the  privacy regulations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. He is the immediate past-President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics. He is the author or editor of 19 books. His latest book is Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy (with Andrews & Mehlman).  

Lainie Ross, MD, PhD--2006 David Green Memorial Speaker

Lainie Ross, MD, PhD--2006 David Green Memorial Speaker

We were fortunate once again this year to have an outstanding and distinguished visitor present the David Green Memorial Lectures. Lainie Ross, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her medical degree is from the University of Pennsylvania and her Doctorate in Philosophy is from Yale. She is a medical ethicist and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics section on bioethics, and the American Philosophical Association section on medicine and philosophy.

Her academic interests are diverse and focus on research ethics, genetics, transplantation, and pediatric ethics. She is currently working on a NIH funded grant on newborn screening. She presented Pediatric Grand Rounds on April 20, 2006 where her topic was: “Children in Medical Research: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?” Later that day she made a presentation to our senior medical students in their medical ethics course entitled: “The Science, Ethics and Politics of Stem Cells.”

On the evening before her lectures, she facilitated our Evening Ethics Discussion which focused on an article she wrote and a number of thoughtful responses published with it in the Journal of Clinical Ethics. The subject for discussion is “Doctor if this were your child, what would you do?”.

16th Annual Intermountain Medical Ethics Conference
Rethinking Death: A Conference on Meaning, Ethics, and Policy Issues in Death and Dying

New issues in brain biology, end of life options, high profile cases of brain death and chronic vegetative state, and new criteria for organ donation, have refocused public and medical attention on death and dying. At our conference, leading experts on health law, religious ethics, health policy, and end-of-life medical practice, taught about and explored these complex but singularly important challenges.

Stuart Youngner, M.D.

Stuart Youngner, M.D.

Dr. Youngner is currently Chair of the Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University, and the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics.

Dr. Youngner is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in biomedical ethics and has published and spoken on topics including: decisions to limit life-sustaining treatment, ethics committees, physician-assisted suicide, advance directives, definitions of death, and ethical issues in organ retrieval and transplantation. He served as President of the Society for Bioethics Consultation from 1994-1997 and is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Dr. Youngner has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. He is the editor or coeditor of six books, including the recently released The Definition of Death: Contemporary Controversies (Johns Hopkins). Dr. Youngner also holds an appointment as Professor Invitado at the Instituto Superior de Ciencias Medicas in Havana, Cuba.

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.

Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.

Dr. Zoloth is Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine, and of Religion in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. At the Feinberg School, she also serves as Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society. From 1995-2003, she was Professor of Ethics and Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University. In 2001, she was the President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She is a member of the NASA National Advisory Council, the nation's highest civilian advisory board for NASA; The NASA Planetary Protection Advisory Committee; the Executive Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research; and she is the Chair of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board.

Mette Rurup, Ph.D.

Mette Rurup, Ph.D.

Dr. Rurup received her PhD in medical biology in September 2005 from the Department of Public and Occupational Health at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam where she received a scholarship as a board member of the study association. Her PhD thesis was about people who request euthanasia or assisted suicide because they are 'weary of life', and about people with advance directives for euthanasia. She is currently continuing her post doctoral research at the VU University Medical Center on euthanasia, older people with a wish to die, and advance directives. She has published several publications in peer-reviewed journals on these subjects.