2018-19 | 2017-18 | 2016-17 | 2015-16

This monthly conference series at Johns Hopkins Hospital attracts 60-70 attendees to each session from the entire hospital community – physicians, nurses, medical students, social workers, chaplains, etc. – to participate in discussion about an important clinical ethics issue.

2022-23 Panels

September 20, 2022
Determining the Appropriate Authorized Decision Maker

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2021-22 Panels

June 21
Looking Back and Looking Forward 2022

May 17
Challenges in Surrogate Decision Making

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Summary of discussion

March 15, 2022
Balancing Patient Experience and Staff Safety

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Summary of discussion

February 18, 2022
Moral Suffering: Challenges and Opportunities

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Summary of discussion

January 18, 2022
Ethical Issues Related to Immigration Status in the Delivery of Healthcare
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Summary of discussion

December 21, 2021
The Role of Faith Leaders in Decision Making of Terminally Ill
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Summary of discussion

November 16, 2021
Deciding Whether to Disclose HIV Status to Authorized Decision Makers in Situations of Life-Threatening Illness
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October 19, 2021
Attending and Resident Physician Involvement in DNR Discussions
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Summary of discussion

September 21, 2021
Annual Review of the Ethics Consultation Service
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Summary of discussion

2020-21 Panels

Tuesday, June 15
Looking Back and Looking Forward 2021
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Tuesday, May 18
The 21st Century Cures Act and Medical Record Access by Personal Representatives
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Tuesday, April 20
Shallenberger Lecture: On the Outrage of Black Mothers – Healing the Past in the Present
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Summary of Discussion

Wednesday, March 16, Noon
Issues of Trust in Declaration of Death by Neurological Criteria and How to Navigate the Challenges
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Feb. 16, Noon
The Many Faces of Trust During the Pandemic
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Ethical Challenges of Effective Pain Management in Patients with Severe Cancer Pain and Substance Use Disorder
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Dec. 15
The Role of the Faith Community in Working with Racial/Ethnic Minorities Facing Ethical Dilemmas

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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Ethical Issues in the Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Oct. 20
Should Children Be Told They Are Sick or Dying When Their Parents Refuse?
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Sept. 15, Noon
Ethics for Lunch: Hospital Visitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Weighing the Benefits and Harms of Restricting Visitors
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Summary of Discussion

2019-20 Panels

Tuesday, June 16
Looking Back and Looking Forward 2020
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Tuesday, May 19
The Ethical Challenges Surrounding Decisions for ECMO Initiation in the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, April 21

Ethical Issues in Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis
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Summary of Discussion

Tuesday, Feb. 18
Decision Making Within a Resource Constrained Healthcare System
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Tuesday, Jan. 21
Decision Making for the Unbefriended Patient Who Lacks Decision Making Capacity

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Dec. 19, 2019
“When Birth May Mean Death: Best Decisions in the Light of Uncertainty”

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Tuesday, Oct. 15
Noon-1:15 p.m.

Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity

2018-19 | 2017-18 | 2016-17 | 2015-16

2019-20 Panels

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Noon-1:15 p.m.

Is Life Worse than Death? Decision making for children after devastating neurological injury


Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Looking Back and Looking Forward 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
When Patients Refuse Aspects of Care that Affects Overall Treatment Plan

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
26th Annual Shallenberger Lecture
“Beyond Charity: Re-Imagined Communities”
James Corbett, M.Div., J.D.
Principal, Initium Health

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Informed Consent: When Patients Change Their Minds


Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019
Ethical Challenges Associated with Enrolling Families in Genetic/Genomic Research

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
Ethical decision-making for patients with substance use disorders requiring repeat cardiac valve replacement surgery

Issues of Distrust Around Neurological Death, Organ Donation and the Role of Spiritual Care
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Breastfeeding for US Women with HIV – A Medical and Ethical Analysis
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

(Video not available at panelist’s request)

Ethics and the Care of Transgender Patients – Justice / Harm / Respect
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ethics for Lunch: The Intersection of Decision-Making Capacity and Mental Illness
Sept 18, 2018


September 19, 2017
Title: Towards a Bioethical Framework for Brain Death
Moderated by: Dr. Robert D. Stevens, MD, FCCM

October 17, 2017
Title: Ethical Challenges in Supporting Young Adults with Disabilities and Their Families
Moderated by: Dr. Michelle Melicosta, MD

November 21, 2017
Title: Liver Transplantation for Alcoholic Hepatitis: Who Should Get Society’s Precious Resources?
Moderated by Andrew Cameron, MD, PhD

December 19, 2017
Title: Identifying Spiritual Distress and Chaplain Interventions (Summary)
Moderated by Ty Crowe MDiv

January 16, 2018
Moderator: Dr. Thomas Crawford
Title: Ultra-expensive medical treatment in a resource constrained environment: The case of Spinraza

February 20, 2018
Moderator: Dr. Debra Mathews
Topic: The ethics behind direct-to-consumer genetic testing

March 20, 2018
Moderator: Lee Daugherty Biddison MD, MPH
Topic: When Family and Care Team Concerns about Pain Management Collide

May 15, 2018
Moderator: Dr. Maggie Moon
Title: Responsible Innovation in Pediatric Surgery


September 20, 2016
Ethics and the Unresponsive Patient
Moderated by Robert Stevens, MD

October 18, 2016
Too Few Medications: Having to Choose Which Children Receive Scarce Life-Saving Medicines
Moderated by Yoram Unguru, MD, MS, MA

November 15, 2016
Risky Treatment in Suspected Stroke: Decision Making in a Time-Sensitive Situation
Moderated by Zackary Berger, MD, PhD

December 20, 2016
Patient Spirituality and the Receiving of Spiritual Care in the Hospital
Moderated by Ty Crowe, MDiv

January 17, 2017
Not Well Enough for Discharge: Exploring Appropriate Care for the Chronically Hospitalized
Moderated by Mark T. Hughes, MD, MA

March 21, 2017
“Who knows the best interests of a parentless child? The challenges of medical decision-making for children in foster care.”
Moderated by Renee Boss, MD, MHS

April 18, 2017
“Responding to Patients Who Make Racist, Sexist or Otherwise Offensive Comments”
Moderated by Joe Carrese, MD, MPH

May 16, 2017
Topic: The Ethical Pitfalls of Caring for Patients with Chronic Pain
Moderated by Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA


January 19, 2016
The Ethics of Do Not Resuscitate Orders
Moderated by Mark Hughes, MD, MA

February 16, 2016
Everyday Ethics within Time-Strained, Pediatrics Clinics
Moderated by Margaret Moon, MD, MPH

March 15, 2016
Determination of Medical Decision-Making Capacity
Moderated by Sharon Owens ACNP-BC, PhD

April 19, 2016
Public Engagement and the Allocation of Scarce, Lifesaving, Medical Resources
Moderated by Dr. Lee Daugherty Biddison, MD, MPH

May 17, 2016
Claims of Conscience in Clinical Practice
Moderated by Dr. Cynda H. Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN

June 21, 2016
Bias Towards Patients in Pain
Moderated by Sophie Lanzkron, MD