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Conversations About Ethics:


Conversations About Ethics is a twice-annual series of lectures and discussions on ethical issues that affect health care throughout the life cycle. Each installment typically consists of a daytime workshop and evening lecture. “Conversations About Ethics” is presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Ecumenical Center with generous support from Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

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Previous Events

June 28, 2018

Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM

Spirituality and Health 

Lecture Video


October 5, 2017

Anna Lembke, MD

Drug Dealer, MD


June 19, 2017

Laurie Zoloth, PhD
Maternal Mortality

NowCastSA video


October 18-19, 2016

Diane Meier, MD, FACP
Ethical Issues in Palliative Care

NowCastSA video
April 5, 2016
America Bracho, MD, MPH
Reaching Vulnerable Populations through Promotores

NowCastSA video
December 9, 2015
Joseph LeDoux, PhD
When Memory Deceives
June 9, 2015
Paul Root Wolpe, PhD
Is My Mind Mine?

NowCastSA video
December 4, 2014
James P. Evans, MD, PhD
Genomic Medicine: What Do You Want to Know About Your Genome?
John Rolland, MD, MPH
Families and the New Era of Genetics: Meeting Clinical and Ethical Challenges

July 24, 2014

Amy L. McGuire, JD, PhD
Before Birth and Throughout Life: Ethical Considerations in Genomic Sequencing

NowCastSA video

John S. Rolland, MD, MPH
Families and the New Era of Genetics: Meeting Clinical and Ethical Challenges


October 1, 2013

Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
Disclosing Adverse Events in Patient Care


March 19, 2013

Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness
Lecture Video

Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
Disclosing Medical Errors


October 10, 2012

Anil T. Mangla, PhD, MPH; Kevin C. Moriarty, MS; Efrem Castillo, MD; Leticia Van de Putte, RPh; Robert Ferrer, MD, MPH; Martha I. Castilla
Moving Toward a Healthy Community: Health Disparities and Mending the Gaps in Bexar County

R. Esteban Montilla, PhD
An Intercultural Perspective on Aspirational Ethics to Promote Inclusive Care

Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics Panel

May 1, 2012

Robert Sapolsky, PhD
Lowering Blood Pressure as a Moral Act: Stress, Health and Socioeconomic Status

Margaret Kemeny, PhD (on May 10, 2014)
Biology of Self and "No Self": Emotions, Contemplation, Compassion and Health

Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D. (credit Stanford News Agency)

October 24, 2011

Jerald Winakur, MD; Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche; and Rabbi Jack  Bemporad, MA
An Interreligious Dialogue on Religious & Secular Approaches to Suffering & Healing

Religious & Secular Approaches to Suffering & Healing

April 28, 2011

James Gordon, MD
Connecting Mind - Body - Health: Finding Wellness Through Complementary Medicine


Mind Body Health

November 15, 2010

Christopher Thomas Scott, PhD
From Bench to Bank to Breakthrough: New Directions in Stem Cell Ethics and Policy

Connie J. Eaves, PhD
Stem Cells - The Hype and the Reality

Col. Robert G. Hale, DDS, LTC, MIL
The Need for Regenerative Medicine


March 25, 2010

Ira Byock, MD
Through the End of Life

Henry Perkins, MD
"Caring For" at the End of Life: Social, Psychological and Spiritual Dimensions


October 19, 2009

Kenneth I. Shine, MD; Stuart Altman, PhD; David Hunt, MD; Ana M. Malinow, MD; and J. James Rohack, MD
Health Care is Broken: How Do We Fix It?



March 30, 2009

Thomas H. Murray, PhD
The Worth of a Child
Lecture Video