Bioethics Resources

What is Bioethics?

Current Bioethics Info

End of Life


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The following ethics journals are available in our library by searching for their titles at

  • Bioethics
  • BMC Medical Ethics
  • Ethics & Medicine: A Christian Perspective
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, & Regulation
  • Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Nursing Ethics
  • Philosophy Ethics and Humanities in Medicine

Web Resources

Bioethics Web
"BioethicsWeb is a gateway to evaluated, quality Internet resources relating to biomedical ethics, including ethical, social, legal, and public policy questions arising from advances in medicine and biology, issues relating to the conduct of biomedical research, and approaches to bioethics."

Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
The mission of the Center is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care and the life sciences.

The Hastings Center
This Center is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969.

The Hinxton Group
This group "facilitat[es] communication among scientists, policymakers, journal editors, and the public about international scientific collaboration in the area of stem cell research." The site includes the text of international policies concerning stem cell research.

Indiana University Center for Bioethics
This subject guide provides brief annotations of basic bioethics information sources.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Portal for bioethics, including references and national guidelines.

National Information Resource on Ethics & Human Genetics
"The National Information Resource on Ethics & Human Genetics, funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, supports information services - for example, bibliographic databases searchable via the Internet, the full text of online annotated bibliographies, and print publications - on topics related to ethics and human genetics."

National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature
"The National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature (NRCBL), is a specialized collection of books, journals, newspaper articles, legal materials, regulations, codes, government publications, and other relevant documents concerned with issues in biomedical and professional ethics. The library holdings represent the world's largest collection related to ethical issues in medicine and biomedical research."

The President's Council on Bioethics
Created in November 2001 by Executive Order to "advise the President on bioethical issues that may emerge as a consequence of advances in biomedical science and technology. In support of its mission, the Council may study ethical issues connected with specific technological activities, such as embryo and stem cell research, assisted reproduction, cloning, uses of knowledge and techniques derived from human genetics or the neurosciences, and end of life issues."

University of Toronto, Joint Centre for Bioethics
"The JCB studies important ethical, health-related topics through research and clinical activities."

Ethics in Medicine - University of Washington
List of online bioethics sites is arranged alphabetically by Bioethics Topics

Ochsner Bioethics Policies

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Ochsner Bioethics Newsletters

Ochsner Journal Bioethics Columns

Annual Clinical Ethics Symposium

May 2014

May 2013

Annual Bioethics Grand Rounds

Dec 2016

Title: Why Is Agreement So Hard?
Speaker: Robert M. Arnold, MD, Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law.
Article: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 2016 Jan 1; 193(1): 14–16.

Nov 2015

Title: Substituted Interests and Best Judgements: Helping Surrogates in Making Decisions for Their Loved Ones at the End of Life
Speaker: Daniel P, Sulmasey MD, PhD, University of Chicago
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Nov 2014

Title: Louisiana Law Changes in 2014: Who Can Consent When a Patient Is Not Able to Consent?
Speakers: Shelley Sullivan, JD, OHS AVP-Associate General Counsel, Legal Affairs, and V. Theodore Barnett, III, MD, Medical Director, OMC Critical Care.
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Nov 2013

Title: Medical Futility: Practical and Ethical Considerations
Speaker: Tom Mayo, JD, Associate Professor, SMU/Dedman School of Law; Adjunct Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
Article: Pediatrics. 2005 Nov;116(5):1219-22
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Nov 2012

Title: Approaching Patients and Family Members Who Hope for a Miracle
Speaker: Erik Fromme, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Medical Oncology; Assistant Director, Center for Ethics in Health Care; Oregon Health & Science University.
Article: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 42(1), July 2011, 119-125
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Nov 2011

Title: Reviving the Conversation Around CPR/DNR
Speaker: Jeffrey Bishop MD, PhD, is Director, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics, St. Louis University; Tenet Chair of Health Care Ethics. Before joining the Gnaegi Center, Bishop served on the faculties of Vanderbilt University, the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth in the United Kingdom and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Bishop is a physician and holds a PhD in philosophy.
Article: American Journal of Bioethics 2010;10(1):61-67.
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Nov 2010

Title: What Broke My Father's Heart: Katy Butler shares her story
Speaker: Katy Butler is an American Buddhist journalist, essayist, and cultural critic whose writing often begins with personal revelation. Published in the New York Times Magazine, her 2010 memoir, “My Father’s Broken Heart,” explored the moral quandaries created by advanced medical technology near the end of life. The fourth-most accessed article in the magazine in 12 months, it was named a “notable narrative” by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and was selected by Edwidge Danticat for inclusion in “The Best American Essays 2011,” and by Rebecca Skloot for “The Best Science Writing 2011.” Her website at has a helpful section on SLOW MEDICINE.
Article: NY Times, June 18, 2010 (Father's Day)
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