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Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society

mainWe provide multidisciplinary leadership addressing the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of medicine,
health care, and health policy

Getting Answers
"Healing Relationships in Medicine" is a joint project of the Vanderbilt Medical Center and the Baptist Healing Trust to identify skills that facilitate compassionate relationships with patients.
Building Tomorrow
We are devoted to creating research tools that can meet future health care needs while promoting the public´s acceptance and trust in research.
Changing Lives
One qualitative study is examining how a patient´s illness trajectory is interpreted in different ways by patients, families, and care providers.

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News & Highlights

Save the Date: Sept 10, 2015 4pm in 214 Light Hall.  Flexner Discovery Lecture with Timothy S. Jost, JD. "Who should control health care costs: consumers, insurers, providers, or the government?"


Sept 21 12pm New York Psychiatric Institute, Seminar on Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications of Genetics Ellen Wright Clayton, MD, JD will discuss "Genomics Over the Pediatric Life Course:  Addressing the Issues"


Kate Payne, JD, RN, NC-BC spoke at "The Promise of Nursing for Tennessee Gala Evening" on August 11, 2015. The event is hosted by Johnson & Johnson and is part of their Campaign for Nursing's Future.  The event celebrated nurses and their contributions to our communities and raised over $285,000 for nursing education.  This money is used for scholarships for students at all levels, as well as grants to Tennessee nursing schools to expand their nursing program capacity.  In total over four years the gala has raised over $1.4 million Dollars.


The Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society has been awarded funding thru the new Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) initiative. The project “Ethics of Health and Human Flourishing: Communities of Care and Everyday Ethics” partners the Center with the College of Arts & Science, Dean of Students, and Peabody College.  More information can be found at Vanderbilt News.


Dr. Ellen Clayton received the 2015 Frank H. Morriss Jr. Leadership Award from the University of Iowa.  Read More


Congratulations to Dr. Nanibaa' Garrison for being invited to serve on the NIH Advisory Committee of the Director's Working Group on Diversity. Read More


Dr. Jessica Turnbull was profiled in the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt's "Pioneers of Hope" feature. Read More


Dr. Larry Churchill co-edited the Winter 2014 edition of The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics (Jan 6, 2015), entitled "The Buying and Selling of Health Care."  The 11 articles in this volume of JLME explore the pressures of commercialism on professional ethics in health care.  Read More


Drs. Churchill, Fanning and Schenck's recent books Healers: Extraordinary Clinicians at Work and What Patients Teach:  The Everyday Ethics of Health Care, were reviewed by Eric Casell for the Hastings Center Report. Read More


Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton authored the IOM report "Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Clayton will be appearing on the NPR series On Point on February 16 to discuss the contents of the report. Article at JAMA &  On Point episode


Bruce Jennings, Adjunct Associate Professor, coauthored the article "Forty Years of Work on End-of-Life Care - From Patients' Rights to Systemic Reform" recently published in The New England Journal of MedicineArticle at NEJM.  Additional discussion on medicalxpress.com


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