This lecture has been conducted in partnership with St. Joseph Health Center since 1995 and has been made possible by contributors to the Rosemary Flanigan Honorary Lecture Fund.

Reading of the play, “Patient A,” a story of Kimberly Bergalis, who allegedly contracted AIDS from her dentist, directed by Cynthia Levin and read by actors from the Unicorn Theatre.


W.L. LaCroix, S.J., Associate Professor of Philosophy, Rockhurst College
Ethical Implications for the End of Modern Life


Marjorie Sirridge, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, KU School of Medicine, and Robert Lyman Potter, MD, PhD, Center for Practical Bioethics, and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for Kansas University School of Medicine 
Dramatic Readings form “Wendell Berry’s Futility”


Dax Cowart, Burn Survivor, and William J. Winslade, James Wade Rockwell Professor of Philosophy of Medicine, Institute for Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Dax’s Story Saying No: Who Should Decide?


Hans Uffelmann, PhD, Co-Founder of the Center for Practical Bioethics, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
The Role of the Midwest Bioethics Center in the History of Bioethics


Jean deBlois, CSJ, RN, PhD, Ethicist, St. Louis University School of Medicine
Living Well While Dying


James F. Childress, PhD, John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics; Director, Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life, Professor of Medical Education, University of Virginia
Public Bioethics – Why, How and to What End?


Robert Lyman Potter, MD, PhD, Center for Practical Bioethics, and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine for Kansas University School of Medicine, and Marjorie Sirridge, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, KU School of Medicine.
“Ethics in Outpatient Scenarios,” written by Potter and Sirridge, read by members of the UMKC medicine and literature class


Bruce Vladeck, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Geriatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (former HCFA Administrator)
Medicine and Malpractice: The Past, the Present and Trying Something Different


Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Can Informed Consent Ever Become Shared Decision Making?


Edmund Pelligrino, MD, Founder of the Center for Clinical Bioethics and Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Georgetown University
The Use and Abuse of Futility in End-of-Life Decisions


Emily Friedman, Social Ethicist & Policy Consultant
Healthcare in 2030: Alternative Futures


2007 (2 lectures)
Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD, Director of the Buehler Center on Aging, Professor of Health Industry Management, Kellogg School and Professor of Medicine, Northwestern University Medical School
Patient Safety

 Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Bioethics, Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health
Healthcare Rationing in the Event of a Catastrophe


Steven Schroeder, MD, Distinguished Professor of Health and Healthcare, University of California-San Francisco
Revisiting American Health Policy: Why Change is So Necessary But So Hard to Achieve


Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD, Inaugural Kilbride-Clinton Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Professor in the School of Divinity and Associate Director of the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago
The Role of Conscience in Medical Decisions 


Kathleen M. Foley, MD, Neurologist, Chief of Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
The Politics of Palliative Care


Richard Payne, MD, Professor in the Divinity School and Professor and Director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke University
Bioethics and the Underserved: Culture, Values and Justice


Jerome Groopman, MD, and Pamela Hartzband, MD, Staff of Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center and faculty at Harvard Medical School
Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You


Felicia Cohn, PhD, President Elect, American Society of Bioethics & Humanities and Bioethics Director, Kaiser Permanente Orange County
How (Future) Doctors Think: Medical Students Make Sense of the World



Cheryl Brown Henderson, Daughter of Lead Plaintiff in Brown v Board of Education
Luncheon Conversation with Karla Holloway at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

Karla Holloway, PhD, James B. Duke Professor of English, Law and Women’s Studies at Duke University
The Ethics of Spectacle: How a Private Body Becomes a Public Text


David Casarett, MD, MA, Physician, Author, Researcher, and Tenured Professor
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead


Daniel Webster, PhD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Director of the PhD program in Health and Public Policy
Gun Violence as a Public Health Issue


Damon Tweedy, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Racism and Medical Education


Year Honorary Co-Chairs Theme Speaker Biblo Lecture Vision to Action Awardee
1992     Dennis Brodeur, STD, MA, PHD    
1993   A Vision of Healthcare for All Children Stephen Lewis, Special Rep for UNICEF    
1994   Can We Afford Access to Universal Healthcare? Gail Wilensky    
1995   Save the Children James E. Sams, MD, PhD    
1996   Are There Limits in Healthcare? Sen. John Danforth    
1997   The Role of Legislation in Ethical Issues in Healthcare Sen. Kassebaum Baker    
1998   Dying Well Ira R. Byock, MD    
1999   Implications of Compassion Sabbath Martin R. Marty    
2000     His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco    
2001   When Bad Things Happen to Good People Rabbi Harold Kushner   Ted Hempy
2002   Changes in Attitude: Changes in Latitude: Buffeting the Storm Greg Koski, Md, PhD   Mary Beth Blake
          Hans Uffelmann
2003   Ethics in an Ambitious Age Derrick A. Bell Jr.   Rev. Dr. Randall L. O’Donnell, PhD
2004   20th Anniversary Myra Christopher   Rev. Dr. Kelvin Calloway
          William H. Colby, JD
          Attorney General Drew Edmondson
          Helen Emmott, RN
          Rev. Robert Lee Hill
          Chaplain Jerry Kolb, MDiv
          Linda Johnson, ACSW
          Lowell C. Kruse
          Judge Cordell Meeks Jr.
          E. Wynn Presson
          David Ross
          Charles P. Sabatino, JD
          Beth K. Smith
          James M. Stoddard, DO
          William G. Bartholome, MD, MTS*
          Anne Smith Douthat*
          Elizabeth Layton*
          Samuel U. Rogers, MD, MPH*
          David Thomasma, PhD*
2005   Comfort Care for Children with Chronic Illnesses Jeni Smith Stepanek   John D. Yeast, MD
2006 Adele & Don Hall Ethics Consortium 20 Years Rudolph W. Giuliani   Ellen & Irv Hockaday
2007   Current Debates on Health Care Reform John D. Lantos, MD   Drs. Marjorie & William Sirridge
2008 Joan & Bert Berkley In an Instant Lee Woodruff   Beth K. Smith
          William H. Colby
2009 Ellen & Irv Hockaday, Laura & David Hall Center for Practical Bioethics 25th Anniversary Sen. John C. Danforth   Sen. John Danforth
2010 Anne & Bob St. Peter Decisions That Matter Eleanor Clift   Rep. Barbara Bollier
          Mary Kay McPhee
          Stephen Salanski, MD
          Dianne Shumaker, MS, MTS
2011 Dianne & Re. Emanuel Cleaver, Dr. Donald and Hon. Barbara Potts PAIN is a Four Letter Word Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA   Joan Berkley
2012 John W. Bluford III, Rand O'Donnell, Bob Page, Julie Quirin The Best Care Possible Ira Byock, MD   Lee & Bob Woodruff
2013 Jim & Megan Hise, Christina & Sean Hogan, BK Christopher, Tony Wissel Conversations at the Crossroads Ellen Goodman The Conversation Project Richard Payne, MD
2014 Rosemary Flanigan, Andi Chatburn Patients as Teachers Peggy Battin, MD Learning from Brooke Jan Kreamer
          Steve Roling
2015   Politics of Pain Keith Wailoo, PhD The Politics of Pain Kathleen Foley, MD
          Noreen Clark, PhD
2016 Mamie Hughes, Amy McAnarney Final Journeys Will Schwalbe The End of Your Life Book Club Virginia Stowers
2017 Barbara & Rene Bollier, David & Julie Warm BIOETHICS: Matters of Life & Death Kathleen Sebelius Big Ideas in End of Life Care Nathan Kottkamp
2018 Richard Payne, Charles Sabatino Ethics Improv Lee Woodruff   Mary Beth Blake, JD, Rosemary Flanigan, PhD
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