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Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society Discovery Lecture Sponsored Events


Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched the Flexner Discovery Lecture Series featuring the world's most eminent scientists, who will speak on the highest-impact research and policy issues in science and medicine today. 

Sponsored by Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society:

Sept. 22, 2016 (4:00 p.m.) in 208 Light Hall


Sept. 10, 2015 (4:00 p.m.) in 214 Light Hall

Timothy Jost, J.D.

Washington and Lee University School of Law
Member, Institute of Medicine

"Who should control health care costs: consumers, insurers, providers, or the government?"

Timothy Stoltzfus Jost, J.D., is an emeritus professor at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  He is a coauthor of a casebook, Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law and now in its seventh.  He is also the author of Health Care at Risk, A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement, Health Care Coverage Determinations:  An International Comparative Study, Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics, and many articles and book chapters on health care regulation and comparative health law and policy.  He has written numerous monographs on legal issues in health care reform for national organizations and blogs regularly for Health Affairs, where he is a contributing editor, on regulatory issues.  He is a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and a member of the Institute of Medicine.


More information coming soon 

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Past Events

September 25, 2014     Lecture: Decisions near the end of life: Can we make them less agonizing?

Bernard Lo

Bernard Lo, M.D.

  • President of Greenwall Foundation           
  • Professor of Medicine Emeritus
  • Director Emeritus, Program in Medical Ethics,  UCSF
  • Member, Institute of Medicine

Link to lecture program


Sponsored by Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Patricia Townsend Meador Lectureship

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September 19, 2013  LECTURE:  Genome Medicine's Challenge to Practical Wisdom

Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. and Bennett A. Shaywitz, M.D.


Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Professor and Chair Department of Bioethics and Humanities at University of Washington
  • Member, Institute of Medicine

Link to lecture program


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