CENNC 2019 Conference

October 7, 2019

Ethical Issues in Caring for the Underserved: The Vulnerable, Marginalized, and Forgotten

September 20, 2019

co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, ECU Brody School of Medicince, CENN, Eastern AHEC and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy

CEDG and HEC Welcome Sara Meyers and Lisa Michelson

October 3, 2019

Sara Meyers and Lisa Michelson have been selected as the new student leaders for the School of Medicine’s  Clinical Ethics Discussion Group This position also entails appointment to the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee. Outgoing leaders are Tyler Clay and Mark Baumgarten. Center for Bioethics faculty members Arlene Davis, Jean Cadigan, and Eric Juengst are advisors to the student group. Professors Davis and Cadigan are also HEC members.

Sara Meyers spent her childhood in Chapel Hill and in Idaho. She graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology and as a Global Health Scholar in May 2018. Sara completed a bioethics and law course during her time in college and is looking forward to continuing to learn and advance in this subject by her committee membership. Before entering medical school, she worked in an administrative position in an OBGYN clinic in South Carolina where her fiancé is stationed for the Air Force. Sara has a special place in her heart for women and children, and is interested in pursuing OBGYN or Pediatrics. She loves reading, running, spending time in the outdoors, and hearing the stories of others.


Lisa Michelson was raised in New Bern. In 2014, she graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. With multiple intersecting interests in Biology, Medicine and Religion, she went on to complete her Masters in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville in 2017. Then, in 2019, she completed her Master of Physiology at North Carolina State University. Over the past four years, Lisa has been an HEC guest at the University of Louisville and at UNC. She looks forward to learning more about how standing HEC members utilize ethics to resolve moral problems in medicine. Lisa previously worked at a junior golf association and tries to play golf whenever she can. Additionally, Lisa’s interests include cooking, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Social Medicine faculty featured in Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics

September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Center for Bioethics’s Jean Cadigan, Elana Jaffe, Eric Juengst, Anne Lyerly and Social Medicine’s Gail Henderson, Karen Meagher, and Tonia Poteat.

The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics is a prestigious international reference collection that publishes reviews of ethical issues in public health solicited from leading scholars around the world. The recently published volume features work by five faculty and two mentees from the UNC Department of Social Medicine.

Read more here.

Clinical Ethics Discussion Group Spring 2019 Event

April 6, 2019

On April 2nd student groups from CEDG and Cardiology had a discussion about how the historical development of the artificial heart and other means of mechanical circulatory support (MCS) inform contemporary practice and of the ethical issues that follow from such technologic advancement. The Center thanks its CEDG leadership, Tyler Clay and Mark Baumgarten, for their excellent CEDG leadership this year.

Helen Cooney, Former Heart Mate (Artificial Heart) Team Member shared about her work with patients and teams around the first artificial heart.  Liz Sonntag, MD, MICU Fellow, and HEC Member, discussed the ethical issues that arise in today’s use of MCS  based in part on her work editing an upcoming edition of AMA Journal of Ethics devoted to that topic.


Beyond Our Beginnings: 50 Years of Bioethics

February 12, 2019

Beyond Our Beginnings:  50 Years of Bioethics“.

We are hosting it at the Mews location at the  Graylyn International Conference Center

In recognition of the Hastings Center’s 50th anniversary, this conference surveys the past, present, and future of bioethics scholarship, practice, and policy. The program addresses a broad range of issues and topics, including medical and research ethics, health disparities and health equity, health law, policy, and financing, and the history and philosophy of bioethics. It features internationally renowned senior scholars in bioethics from the Southeast and Midatlantic regions whose work has shaped the field. They will reflect on where we have been and where we should be going.

Registration is free but required. Space is limited. Register here: https://wfu.cvent.com/d/6gq5md/

For the complete Conference program, see: http://bioethics.wfu.edu/conference-area/


Panel Session 3 – Research Ethics
Eric T. Juengst, PhD (UNC School of Medicine)
Nancy M. P. King, JD (Wake Forest School of Medicine)
Christine Grady, MSN, PhD (NIH Clinical Center)
Moderator: Ana Iltis, PhD (Wake Forest University)

Panel Session 4 – Disparities & Health Equity
Paul Lombardo, JD, PhD (Georgia State University School of Law)
Margaret Humphreys, MD, PhD (Duke University)
Patricia King, JD (Georgetown University School of Law)
Moderator: Rebecca Walker, PhD (University of North Carolina School of Medicine)

Anne Drapkin Lyerly interviewed by NPR

November 27, 2018

Rethinking Bed Rest For Pregnancy

“The bottom line is that there’s never been any proven benefit of bed rest,” says Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly, an OB-GYN and professor of bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lyerly and colleagues in 2013 did a review of the scientific research on bed rest as it relates to a variety of conditions, from early contractions to high blood pressure to carrying twins. They found no benefit.

Sara Stathas for NPR

HEC Members participated in the 1st Annual UNC Story Slam

November 19, 2018

HEC Members Rimma Osipov, Sara Scarlet, and Gary Winzelberg participated in the 1st Annual UNC Story Slam. Story Slam began as a wellness event sponsored by the Annals of Internal Medicine at the annual meeting for the American College of Physicians. The aim: to provide a supportive venue for physicians to share the inspiring stories that make a career in medicine meaningful. With the support of the Annals editorial staff, Dick Wardrop, med-peds faculty member  and Rimma Osipov, resident in Internal Medicine, partnered with the organizers of the Sheldon Resident Research Day to bring this event to the UNC campus.  Stories were recorded and will be submitted to the Annals of Internal Medicine website, where they will be considered for publication.



MS4 Clinical Ethics Student Presentations

October 31, 2018

On October 16th our 4 students taking the Clinical Ethics MS4 Elective presented their final projects. These projects are intended to become resources for the HEC and reflect the students’ interests as they prepare for residency next year.

The Presentation topics include:

  • Julia Whitley – Considerations around “elective” C sections
  • Max Nagle – Proxy decision making in the ICU setting
  • Sam Robin – Emerging Capacity: Issues for Older Minors and Young Adults
  • Jake Bowling –  Incidental Findings: Comparisons for Radiology and Genomics