Ethics in Medicine Lecture Series

Joseph S. Begando
Lecture Series Information

The Joseph S. Begando Lecture Series is supported by a gift to the University of Illinois College of Medicine to support medical humanities education. To sign up to attend a lecture or to request an accomodation, please contact Jennifer Justice at or (312) 996-6738.  Please see the seminar schedule in the right-hand column.

Traub-Byfield Seminar Series Information

The Traub-Byfield Lecture Series is supported by a gift to the University of Illinois College of Medicine to support ethics education. For further information or to request an accomodation, please contact Timothy F. Murphy at or (312) 996-3595.  Please see the seminar schedule in the right-hand column.

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  Ethics in Medicine Lecture Series Schedule  

The Moral Insignificance of Death in Organ Transplantation
March 5, 2014 (3 pm)
Room 1020 - College of Medicine Research Building
909 S. Wolcott St., Chicago, IL

Presenter:  Walter Glannon, PhD, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Calgary

Professor Glannon argues that we need not wait for death to occur before we can donate organs and tissues. He has said: "What matters is not that the donor is or is not dead or when death is declared, but that the donor or a surrogate consents, that the donor has an irreversible condition with no hope of meaningful recovery, that procurement does not cause the donor to experience pain and suffering, and that the donor's intention is realized in a successful transplant. These conditions are consistent with the principles of respect for patient autonomy and physician nonmaleficence. None of these conditions requires that donors be dead before organ procurement can proceed."

This lecture is supported by the Traub-Byfield Endowment, a gift to the UIC College of Medicine to contribute to ethics education. Professor Veatch serves as a Traub-Byfield Fellow for this lecture.

This lecture is open to the college community. For further information or to request an accommodation, please contact Timothy F. Murphy at or 312-996-3595.


  Ethics in Medicine Lecture Series - Past Presentations   
  Research with Pregnant Women: A Moral Imperative
Scheduled for February 14, 2014
Presenter: Margaret Little, PhD
Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
  Is Religion Special? Toleration, Conscience, and Exemptions from the Law
January 15, 2014
Presenter: Brian Leiter, JD, PhD
University of Chicago
  When is a Medicine Good Enough? Generic Drugs and the Ethics of Substitution
October 7, 2013
Presenter: Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD
The Triede and McGhee Harvey Chair in the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
  Ethics in Practice: Making it Work? Making it Right? Genomic Research in African Settings
September 18, 2013
Presenter: Patricia Marshall, Ph.D
Case Western Reserve University
  Disorders of Consciousness and Disordered Care: Preparing for the Next Wave of Neuroscience
June 12, 2013
Presenter: Joseph Fins, M.D.
Columbia University
  The Ethics of Selling Organs for Transplant
April 9, 2013
Presenter: Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D.
New York University
  The Dangers of Using Genetic Enhancements for Moral Enhancement
March 20, 2013
Presenter: John Harris, Ph.D.
University of Manchester
  The Ethics of Research Involving Personalized Genomic Medicine
February 18, 2013
Presenter: Eric Juengst, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  Must Parents Use Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for the Medical Benefit of Their Children?
November 28, 2012
Presenter: Janet Malek, Ph.D.
Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University
  Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities & Abortion in America
January 25, 2012
Presenter: Leslie Reagan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Taking Oaths in Medical School: An Empty Ritual or Something More?
October 26, 2011
Presenter:  Robert Veatch, PhD
Georgetown University


Boy or Girl? Are We on Our Way to the Genetic Supermarket?
April 30, 2010
Presenter:  Edgar Dahl, PhD
University of Muenster


Testing Boundaries at the End of Life:  A Clinician’s Journey
March 31, 2010 (12:30 pm)
Room 8175 COMRB

Presenter:  Timothy E. Quill, MDProfessor of Medicine, Nursing, Medical Humanities, and Psychiatry
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry


Substance Abuse in Pregnancy: How Should the State Respond?
March 18, 2010 (12:30 pm)
Room 4175 COMRB

Presenter:  Bonnie Steinbock
Professor of Philosophy - University at Albany
Faculty - Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College
Faculty - Center for Bioethics and Clinical Leadership at Union Graduate College / Mount Sinai School of Medicine


Cutting to the Core: Male & Female Genital Alteration
October 6, 2009
Room 119A CME

Presenter:  Dena S. Davis, JD, PhD
Professor - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Adjunct Professor - Case Western Reserve University