2009 Medical Ethics Conference
The 2009 conference will be held June 12-13, 2009. Click here for the conference poster.
The Baylor University Medical Ethics Conference provides a working forum for practicing health care professionals-including physicians, health care administrators, health-related social workers, and chaplains-to explore the pressing moral questions of medicine and health care delivery and to seek a deeper theological understanding of their vocation as God's summons to a life of service.
The conference features timely presentations by nationally prominent experts in medical and health care ethics with credentials in medicine, philosophy, theology, and law. In addition, a carefully designed advance-of-meeting reader prepares participants for the focused and intensely practical small-group discussions with guest ethicists.
The conference is funded in part through the Baylor Horizons program, an initiative funded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. for the exploration of vocation.
Hillcrest Health System is accredited by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Hillcrest Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Participants should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Margaret E. Mohrmann, MD, PhD
After being requested by conference participants for several years, we are happy that Dr. Mohrmann will be able to present our keynote presentation in 2009. This noted pediatrician and theologian is director of Programs in Biomedical Ethics for the University of Virginia Health System. Dr. Mohrmann is author of Attending Children: A Doctor's Education and Medicine as Ministry: Reflections on Suffering, Ethics, and Hope, and is co-editor of Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine, and Faith, and The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics (3rd edition).
Timothy P. Pfanner, MD
A gastroenterologist in Temple, Texas, Dr. Pfanner, has organized several college student mission trips to do medical missions in Central America and Africa. In addition, he has been involved with the Temple Community Free Clinic since 2001 and the Waco Free Clinic in association with Mission Waco since 2005. Dr. Pfanner's research includes the treatment of Crohn's disease in adults. He brings an important perspective as a Central Texas practitioner and leader of medical missions teams to our program.
S. Kay Toombs, PhD
Dr. Toombs was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1973. Her writings explore her firsthand experience of chronic progressive debilitating disease in order to reflect on issues relating to the experience of illness and disability, the phenomenology of the body, the experience of disability, the care of the chronically ill, the challenges of incurable illness, and the relationship between health care professionals and patients. Her highly-praised book, The Meaning of Illness: A Phenomenological Account of the Different Perspectives of Physician and Patient, has been translated into Chinese and Japanese. She is editor of The Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine and co-editor of Disability: The Social, Political and Ethical Debate and Chronic Illness: From Experience to Policy.
Paul J. Wadell, PhD
Returning to the conference this year is Dr. Wadell, a prolific writer and popular lecturer in ethics. He is the author of Friendship and the Moral Life; The Primacy of Love: An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas; The Moral of the Story: Literary Reflections; Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship; and most recently, Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics. He serves on the staff of the Faith, Learning, and Vocation program at St. Norbert College.
Baylor Advisory Committee
Lauren G. Barron, MD
Darin Davis, PhD
Douglas V. Henry, PhD
Robert B. Kruschwitz, PhD
James Marcum, PhD
Tim Martindale, MD
Paul Martens, PhD
Friday, June 12
Saturday, June 13