Medical Ethics Conference

Medical Ethics

31st Annual Medical Ethics Conference
University of Notre Dame
March 18–19, 2016

Join members of the medical community and scholars in medicine, philosophy, theology, and law to discuss pressing issues in contemporary medical ethics at the 31st Annual Medical Ethics Conference. 

The Medical Ethics Conference is built around small-group discussions, complemented by open plenary discussions, all focused on presentations given by professionals at the forefront of medical ethics. The conference is open to both alumni and non-alumni; guests from all religious traditions and viewpoints are welcome.


To register, visit the Notre Dame Conference Center website and select "31st Annual Medical Ethics Conference." Registration includes all meeting materials, conference refreshments, and lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday.

Standard rate: $750
Discounted rate (for medical students, graduate students, religious, etc.): $150
Registration is free for all Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross College students, faculty, and staff.


A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Morris Inn on campus; to secure a room at the reduced conference rate, visit the Morris Inn website or call 800-280-7256 and reference the Medical Ethics Conference.


Preliminary schedule; subject to change.

Friday, March 18  
12–1:30 p.m. Welcome lunch
2–4 p.m. "Should Physicians Inform Patients about the Cost of Expensive Treatments as Part of Shared Decision-Making?"
Lauris Kaldjian, MD, PhD 
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)
Presentation of cases and small-group discussion
4–4:30 p.m. Break
4:30–6 p.m. Clarke Family Lecture: "The Transformation of Reproductive Health"
Monique Chireau, MD, MPH

(Duke University Medical Center)
6:30 p.m. Dinner
Saturday, March 19  
8–9 a.m. Continental breakfast
9–10:30 a.m. "Gene Editing, Embryos, and Ethics"
William Hurlbut, MD

(Stanford University Medical Center)
Presentation of cases and small-group discussion
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. "Trust in the Pediatric Patient-Doctor Relationship: Case Studies in Complex-Care Pediatrics"
Annique Hogan, MD

(The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
Presentation of cases and small-group discussion
12:30–1:30 p.m. "A Crisis of Care of the Aged and Sick in a Bureaucratic and Technological Age: From Heart Pumps to Nursing Homes"
John Schirger, MD

(Mayo Clinic)
Lunch and presentation
1:45–3:15 p.m. "Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt: Abortion Regulations at the Supreme Court"
Michael Moreland

(Villanova University School of Law)
Presentation of cases and small-group discussion
3:15–3:30 p.m. Break
3:30–5 p.m. "Brain Death: A Potentially Mortal Wound to Transplantation"
Kevin Donovan, MD

(Georgetown University Medical Center)
Presentation of cases and small-group discussion
5:15 p.m. Mass
6 p.m. Closing dinner

Continuing Medical Education Credits

CME credits are available through the Medical Ethics Conference. While the exact number of credits available through the conference cannot be determined until the program is finalized, it usually ranges from 10–13 credits. For more information on CME credits, please contact Laura Nash.