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What is Bioethics?

Ethics is a philosophical discipline pertaining to notions of good and bad, right and wrong — our moral life in community. Bioethics is the application of ethics to the field of medicine and healthcare. Ethicists and bioethicists ask relevant questions more than provide sure and certain answers.

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Hundreds Connect with Voices of the Unheard

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CEO John Carney Honored by Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association

CEO John Carney Honored by Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association Missouri Hospice & Palliative ...

Targeting the Uneven Burden of Kidney Disease on Black Americans

Targeting the Uneven Burden of Kidney Disease on Black Americans Erika Blacksher Quoted in The New York Times Ar ...

Payne Palliative Care Leadership Award Recipient Announced

Inaugural Dr. Richard Payne Palliative Care Leadership Award Recipient Announced The Hastings Center, in collab ...

Art of the Wish on Fox 4 News in Kansas City

Art of the Wish on Fox 4 News in Kansas City Art of the Wish on the Fox 4 Morning News in Kansas City Fox 4 N ...

Exhibit and Fundraiser at Leedy Voulkos Art Center: “Art of the Wish”

Exhibit and Fundraiser at Leedy Voulkos Art Center: “Art of the Wish” “Exhibit and Fundraiser at Leedy ...

Art Exhibit Supporting the Center Celebrates Wishes of Older Adults

Art Exhibit Supporting the Center Celebrates Wishes of Older Adults “Art Exhibit Supporting the Center for ...

Exhibit Celebrating the Wishes of Elders Evokes Strong Emotions

Exhibit Celebrating the Wishes of Elders Evokes Strong Emotions If you’ve lived in or around Kansas City lon ...

Pathways to Health Equity through Civic Engagement

Pathways to Health Equity through Civic Engagement   The Center’s John B. Francis Chair, Erika Blackshe ...

Equitable Treatment and Care: Ethical AI Initiative Poised to Test Recommendations

Equitable Treatment and Care: Ethical AI Initiative Poised to Test Recommendations There is broad agreement ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2022

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2022 Read about our 2022 annual event, Art of the Wish; updates on the Ethic ...

Center for Practical Bioethics What Would Be Your Wish for Our World?

Magazine Article: Center for Practical Bioethics What Would Be Your Wish for Our World? March 1, 2022 Featur ...

Mentoring Medical Students for Research in the Medical Humanities

MENTORING MEDICAL STUDENTS FOR RESEARCH IN THE MEDICAL HUMANITIES The Clendening-King Summer Research Fellowship The Cl ...

2022 Vision to Action Award

Brian Carter, MDVision to Action Award Goes to Pioneer in Pediatric Palliative Medicine and Ethics When Brian Ca ...

In Times Like These

In Times Like These . . . What Should Bioethicists Do?By Tarris (Terry) Rosell, PhD, DMin Rosemary Flanigan Chair at the ...

Art exhibit celebrates wishes of older adults

The Center for Practical Bioethics, a Kansas City-based nonprofit recognized for its work in practical bioethics through ...

Our CEO quoted in news article: Man denied heart transplant because he won’t get vaccinated against COVID

Man denied heart transplant because he won’t get vaccinated against COVID January 25, 2022 Featuring John ...

Becoming a Living Organ Donor

Becoming a Living Organ DonorA Path to Recovery and Meaning The first step in determining Lindsey Jarrett’s el ...

IN MEMORY of Sarah (Liza) Rowland Townsend, JD, MSW

Sarah Rowland Townsend, a member of our Board of Directors and an extraordinary human being, died at her home i ...

Covid Outbreaks Devastated Prisons, but State Inmates’ Access to the Vaccine Varies Widely

Covid Outbreaks Devastated Prisons, but State Inmates’ Access to the Vaccine Varies Widely March 17, 2021 F ...

US experts tackle ethical dilemmas posed by the vaccine rollout

US experts tackle ethical dilemmas posed by the vaccine rollout March 15, 2021 Featuring Terry Rosell, PhD Al ...

Meatpacking plant workers prioritized for vaccines

Meatpacking plant workers prioritized for vaccines March 4, 2021 Featuring John Carney, CEO, and Terry Rosell ...

Cerner is helping create ‘COVID-19 passports.’ Will they be a reverse scarlet letter?

Cerner is helping create ‘COVID-19 passports.’ Will they be a reverse scarlet letter? February 28, 2021 F ...

Computer error blamed for people getting COVID-19 vaccine before they’re supposed to

Computer error blamed for people getting COVID-19 vaccine before they’re supposed to Featuring Terry Rosell, ...

The Coronavirus Is Pushing More People To Ponder If They’re Ready For Death

The Coronavirus Is Pushing More People To Ponder If They’re Ready For Death August 24, 2020 Featuring J ...

The Center for Practical Bioethics helps guide families and doctors during the pandemic

The Center for Practical Bioethics is helping guide families and doctors during the pandemic August 18, 2020 ...

Our Inability to Hear and Breathe Freely – A message from Our Board and Staff

Our Inability to Hear and Breathe Freely – A message from Our Board and Staff June 5, 2020 ...

Erika Blacksher, PhD, Named Fourth John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics 

Erika Blacksher, PhD, Named Fourth John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics The Center for Practical Bioethics in K ...

Sunflower Foundation awards $200,000 grant to better understand elder abuse in Kansas

Sunflower Foundation awards $200,000 grant to better understand elder abuse in Kansas The Sunflower Foundatio ...

Lifetime Achievement in Bioethics

Lifetime Achievement in Bioethics Center for Practical Bioethics Founding Executive Myra Christopher Honor ...

Former DHHS Assistant Secretary Joins the Center Staff

Former DHHS Assistant Secretary Joins the Center Staff A major boost to its three-decade commitment to ...

Rosemary Flanigan Named to Starr Women’s Hall of Fame

Rosemary Flanigan Named to Starr Women’s Hall of Fame The Center is honored that Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, as ...

KCP&L Offers New Employee Benefit

KCP&L Offers New Employee Benefit Now, a group of KCP&L employees have somewhere to turn for consulta ...

Kansas Citians with Chronic Pain Take Their Plight Public

Kansas Citians with Chronic Pain Take Their Plight Public   “We don’t call them sufferers. We don’t ...

CHRONIC PAIN: National Groups Call on HHS to Release the National Pain Strategy Report and Endorse Four Core Messages

CHRONIC PAIN: National Groups Call on HHS to Release the National Pain Strategy Report and Endorse Four Core Me ...

Death and dying: An emerging conversation

Death and dying: An emerging conversation   Experts at KU Med Center and Center for Practical Bioethics am ...

Death and dying: Expanding palliative care

Death and dying: Expanding palliative care   KU Hospital, Topeka nonprofit lead efforts to promote patient ...

Expert hails Medicare proposal to reimburse end-of-life counseling

Expert hails Medicare proposal to reimburse end-of-life counseling   KU palliative care doctor says plan r ...

Death and dying: Advocates seek state laws

Death and dying: Advocates seek state laws   Debate of ‘death with dignity’ legislation spreads across ...

Truly the Best Business of the Year Award

Truly the Best Business of the Year Award   MetroCare wins the Lee’s Summit Chamber’s non-prof ...

Attorney General Supports Center’s Position on TPOPP

Attorney General Supports Center’s Position on TPOPP On January 13, 2015, the Kansas Attorney General (AG) pr ...

Brittany Maynard’s Choice to End Her Life Raises Profound Questions

Brittany Maynard’s Choice to End Her Life Raises Profound Questions John Carney, President & CEO of the C ...

5 Things to Know About Death and Dying Debates

5 Things to Know About Death and Dying Debates Cathy Lynn Grossman, senior national correspondent for Religion ...

Myra Christopher Named to Starr Hall of Fame

Myra Christopher Named to Starr Hall of Fame Myra Christopher, the Center’s founding director and current Kat ...

You see a man in a kilt. You don’t see his searing pain.

You see a man in a kilt. You don’t see his searing pain. Ken agreed to share his story not merely to explai ...

Current Issues in Bioethics Lecture Series

Current Issues in Bioethics Lecture Series Co-Sponsored by the Center and Kansas City University of Medicine ...

Nancy Cruzan’s Legacy: Open Talk About Death With Dignity

Nancy Cruzan’s Legacy: Open Talk About Death With Dignity   Removal of her feeding tube 25 years ago end ...

40% of Cancer Patients Didn’t Discuss Preferences

40% of Cancer Patients Didn’t Discuss Preferences   “Patients want their providers asking about their ...

Will a ‘vaccine passport’ be required to travel? As idea grows, travelers have mixed reactions

Will a ‘vaccine passport’ be required to travel? As idea grows, travelers have mixed reactions March 30, 20 ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2021

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2021 The pandemic brought America face-to-face with the impacts of disparities ...

Should Doctors Refuse to Treat Unvaccinated People?

ETHICISTS DEBATE Should Doctors Refuse to Treat Unvaccinated People? A story appeared on August 17 in the Alabama News w ...

Should Doctors Refuse to Treat Unvaccinated People?

ETHICISTS DEBATE Should Doctors Refuse to Treat Unvaccinated People? A story appeared on August 17 in the Alaba ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2021

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has informed our collective conscience about w ...

Eight Principles and Practices for Ethical Vaccine Distribution: A Proposal

Eight Principles and Practices for Ethical Vaccine Distribution: A Proposal The COVID-19, once-in-a-century, pandemic ha ...

The Truth of COVID-19: An Ethicist Reflects on His Experience

The Truth of COVID-19: An Ethicist Reflects on His Experience I have been honored and privileged to serve the Kansas Ci ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2020

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2020 From the mid-1980s when ventilators came into common use, the Center for ...

Medical Bankruptcy, Personal Luck and A National Sin

Medical Bankruptcy, Personal Luck and A National Sin I was raised on a farm up in Minnesota by Fundamentalist Depressi ...

Support Missouri Medicaid Expansion

Support Missouri Medicaid Expansion Register by July 8 to Cast Your Vote on August 4 Ballot On Tuesday, August 4th, vo ...

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2.0

National Healthcare Decisions Day 2.0 In the future, those of us who survive 2020 will use words like “scary,” and ...

Ethics Consultation in COVID Times

Ethics Consultation in COVID Times Q:  What happens to clinical ethics consultation in a pandemic? A:  Ethics consult ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2020

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2020 People don’t like to talk about politics, religion or money. To that ...

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning Deciding How You Want to Live in the Time of COVID19 People don’t like to talk about politics, r ...

A Family’s Journey to Peace of Mind

A Family’s Journey to Peace of Mind Jama’s mom had been living in a long-term acute care facility on dialysis and a ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2019

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2019 A 52-year old African American woman with chronic obstructive pulmonary d ...

Ethical Issues in OB/GYN Inspire Board Service

Ethical Issues in OB/GYN Inspire Board Service My first exposure to the Center for Practical Bioethics was as a guest at ...

Advance Care Planning and the Legacy of Dr. Richard Payne

Advance Care Planning and the Legacy of Dr. Richard Payne The African American Advance Care Planning Palliative Care Net ...

Walking Humbly with a Sacred Mission

Walking Humbly with a Sacred Mission When our colleague and mentor, Dr. Richard Payne, died suddenly in January 2019 fo ...

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2019

Bioethics Newsletter Winter-Spring 2019 Celebrating our 35th anniversary. View the Newsletter ...

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2018

Bioethics Newsletter Summer-Fall 2018 Let’s go to the movies! Bioethics film series. View the Newsl ...

Film Series: Frankenstein Asks Us to Ponder What Is Monstrous

Film Series: Frankenstein Asks Us to Ponder What Is Monstrous This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication ...

Film Series: Watching Big Fish Next to My Mother in the Hospital

Film Series: Watching Big Fish Next to My Mother in the Hospital Now, this is an interesting coincidence, as I was wa ...

Gattaca Continues to Spark Pertinent Bioethics Discussions

Gattaca Continues to Spark Pertinent Bioethics Discussions It’s October and the Center for Practical Bioethics is abou ...

Fostering Civil Discourse – and Humor – in a Partisan Era

Fostering Civil Discourse – and Humor – in a Partisan Era Fifteen years ago in the aftermath of 9/11, I was ...

Ethics, Morality and Genomic Science: Can We Play God the Way God Plays God?

Ethics, Morality and Genomic Science: Can We Play God the Way God Plays God? The wisdom of humans tinkering with nature ...

Gun Violence: Prevention by Paying Attention

Gun Violence: Prevention by Paying Attention In a time of heightened anxiety about gun ownership and gun violence, the t ...

Lifetime Achievement in Bioethics

Lifetime Achievement in Bioethics Center for Practical Bioethics Founding Executive Myra Christopher Honored by America ...

Whatever Happened to Long-Term Care Reform?

Whatever Happened to Long-Term Care Reform? From the Trenches: A Prescription for Change I have enjoyed looking at th ...

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Before and After the Fall

The Americans with Disabilities Act: Before and After the Fall For the past many years, I have publicly and privately ...

Charlie Gard, Baby Doe and the Wisdom of Bill Bartholome

The family of Charlie Gard. Charlie Gard, Baby Doe and the Wisdom of Bill Bartholome These difficult and highly emotiona ...

Personalized Medicine: Our Future or Big Data Voodoo?

Personalized Medicine: Our Future or Big Data Voodoo? Personalized medicine has the potential to revolutionize medicin ...

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEADD)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (#WEADD)  Why I Am Tired and Inspired The United Nations recognizes June 15 as World ...

Good Death, or Assisted Suicide?

Good Death, or Assisted Suicide? The Case of Mr. Perry and his Pacemaker Mr. Perry (not his real name) was 83 years ol ...

Improving End-of-Life Care for African-Americans through Advance Care Planning in Partnership with Faith Communities

Improving End-of-Life Care for African-Americans through Advance Care Planning in Partnership with Faith Communities T ...

Reflections on the Life of Beth Smith

Beth Smith Reflections on the Life of Beth Smith Linda’s Reflections  I met Beth Smith after Terry and I returned h ...

Kathy Greenlee’s Reflections on Paths to Person-Centered Planning

Kathy Greenlee’s Reflections on Paths to Person-Centered Planning Challenging Us to See the Whole Person at All Stag ...

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