Bioethics Education

Teaching Bioethics

Dr. Tarris Rosell, Dr. Ryan Pferdehirt and Dr. Erika Blacksher, with other Center staff, teach bioethics in many contexts throughout the Kansas City region, nation and internationally. We teach courses, give lectures, lead workshops and webinars, serve as panelists, speak at conferences, and contribute to bioethics literature in numerous print or online publications.

The Center also provides bioethics education for medical students, clinicians and allied health professionals under arrangements with teaching institutions. 

In recent decades, we have played significant roles in bioethics education at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU).


  • Center staff coordinated the medical ethics curriculum, including collaborating in founding its Department of Bioethics and M.A. in Bioethics degree program in 2007. 
  • Dr. Rosell and Dr. Pferdehirt serve as adjunct professors in KCU’s bioethics program, and the Center continues to mentor dual degree (D.O. and M.A. in Bioethics) students in clinical bioethics during 4th year clinical rotations. 


  • The Center has been involved in ethics leadership, education and consultation for more than three decades. 
  • Since 2009, the KU School of Medicine has contracted with the Center for about half of Dr. Rosell's time, enabling him to serve in a Clinical Professor role in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine. He co-directs the Clendening Summer Fellowship and research electives for medical students, and he serves as faculty mentor and Principle Investigator for many student research projects. 
  • Dr. Rosell provides ethics education for physician residency and fellowship programs.
  • Dr. Rosell co-chairs the Hospital Ethics Committee, serves on other committees, and is Director of the Ethics Consultation Service.


Bioethics Fellowships

If you or your organization is interested in more information about fellowships, please contact
Dr. Rosell, or
(816) 979-1361.


Consumer Education

Advance Care Planning 
Other Center Community Programs 

The Center offers many bioethics educational-event opportunities during the year.

Berkley Symposium
Flanigan Lecture
Christopher Forum

Please visit our Events Calendar and sign up to receive bioethics updates and event information:

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