Integrating Bioethics: Challenges and Opporunities
F. Daniel Davis, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Bioethics at Geisinger
Health System in Bethesda, MD.
Thursday, November 10th
1:00pm - 3:00pm
613 Duquesne Union
Dr. F. Daniel Davis previously served as senior advisor for bioethics and policy with the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Office of Science Policy in Bethesda, Md. Before taking up his post at the NIH, he served as executive director of the President's Council on Bioethics. He is a philosopher with interests, experience and expertise in the ethics (and epistemology) of medicine and science.
Lecture Abstract: Health care organizations-hospitals and systems-tend to be collections of siloes. And within them, bioethics is often just another silo (if it's present at all). What would bioethics look like-more important, how would bioethics function-if it rejected its assigned silo and adopted a posture of engagement and collaboration with colleagues in other siloes? Compared with more traditional approaches to bioethics, what are the features of a bioethics program that seeks to be highly integrated within a hospital or health care system? These (and related) questions will provide the focus for this presentation, which draws heavily on recent experience at one of the nation's largest rural health care systems, the Geisinger Health System headquartered in Danville, PA.
Dr. Davis' slide presentation is available here.