Events Calendar

Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Consortium Meetings

September 11 – Liberty Hospital
November 13 – Mosaic Life Care Clinics in North Kansas City

The Center sponsors the longest actively running consortium of hospital ethics committees in the nation. Over its 28-year history, the consortium has trained hundreds of hospital ethics committee members and published more than a dozen ethics policy guidance documents on topics such as patients’ rights, managing medical mistakes, medical futility, determining decisional incapacity and physician incentives. Case studies continue to be a mainstay of the consortium’s work.

Consortium participants include representatives of regional healthcare providers, including those who are members of their organizations’ ethics committee. Meetings are held bi-monthly from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Dates and locations are subject to change. For details, contact Nancy Beltramo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 816-979-1351.






Black Health Care Coalition 25th Anniversary Luncheon

The Black Health Care Coalition will celebrate 25 years of championing minority health issues at its Annual Awards & Fundraising Luncheon, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on Friday, August 29, 2014, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center. The keynote speaker, Richard Payne, MD, is the John B. Francis Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics and the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. Honorees at the Luncheon include:

John W. Bluford III, recently retired as president and CEO of Truman Medical Centers, who will receive the Equity Award
Paul M. Foreman, PhD, MS, MA, Project Director, Asthma Ready Communities
Shary M. Jones, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, Deputy Regional Health Administrator CDR, U.S. Public Health Services

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit or contact Melissa Robinson at 816-444-9600, ext. 102 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .







Developing an Ethical Framework to

Learn from Every Patient Encounter

November 14, 2014
8:00 am – 3:30 p.m.

University of Kansas Clinical Research Center
Fairway Auditorium
4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Fairway, Kansas
The Center’s Fall Symposium will zero in on the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to “streamline and revise research regulations to improve care, promote the capture of clinical data and generate knowledge” as a key element in the transformation to Learning Health Systems.
Traditionally, ethics oversight distinguishes between research and treatment but in Learning Health Systems, improvements result from studying both activities – and learning from every patient encounter. Pragmatic trials that evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in routine clinical practice conditions are specifically targeted. At this symposium, you will:

• Learn about the current challenges we face in the intersections of research and practice from clinicians, researchers, bioethicists, patients, IRB members and health system administrators, and

• Explore steps to reimagine the research-treatment distinction to enable patient-centered outcomes and comparative effectiveness research to take advantage of sound clinical practices that improve outcomes.

The Center is presenting the Fall Symposium in partnership with the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, Frontiers: The Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, HCA Midwest and Saint Luke’s Health System.
Registration is $49 to participate onsite with CEU credits, $25 online with CEU credits, and free online with no credits.




21st Annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
St. Joseph Medical Center, Alex George Auditorium, Building D
David CasarettDavid Casarett, MD, our guest speaker at the 2015 Flanigan Lecture, is the author of Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead. In it, he chronicles this history of resuscitation and reveals just how far science has come, with examples ranging from bizarre to riveting.
“The unexplored questions underlying every chapter of Shocked,” said Susan Okie in her Washington Post review, “show how eager we are to grasp at any treatment, however marginal that promises to prolong life, and why so many people have such difficulty confronting the reality of death or talking about their wishes with their families.”
Details about the lecture and related programs will be available soon.