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2005 Medical Ethics Conference

Program Description

Featured Ethicists

Baylor Advisory Committee


Program Description

In 2001, Baylor University received a $2 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. for Baylor Horizons, an initiative aimed at fostering a deeper theological understanding of vocation as God's summons to a life of service. The grant contains funds for a conference on the urgently pressing questions of medical and health care ethics faced by physicians, nurses, and health care administrators. For those who pursue their work in response to a sense of genuine calling, such questions easily constitute a central concern of the vocation of health care.

The Baylor University Medical Ethics Conference thus will be a forum for practicing health care professionals who seek to pursue their vocation ethically, faithfully, and knowledgeably, and it will feature nationally prominent experts in medical and health care ethics with credentials in law, medicine, philosophy, and theology. The conference, limited to one hundred registered participants, will accommodate a high level of interaction between participants and ethics specialists, featuring two plenary lectures, three plenary panel discussions and three participant breakout sessions with ethics experts.

CME Notice

For those physicians wishing to obtain continuing medical education credit for their attendance, we are pleased to announce that it is being co-sponsored by Hillcrest Health System of Waco as a CME-approved activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) through the joint sponsorship of Hillcrest Health System and Baylor University. Hillcrest Health System is accredited by TMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Hillcrest Health System designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 category 1 credits toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.

The presentations, Justice, Medicine, and the Market and Facing Death: Futility and Its Alternatives have been designated by Hillcrest Health System for 1.5 hours each of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Featured Ethicists

Mark J. Cherry, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
St. Edward's University, Austin, Texasp>

An active contributor to ongoing discussions of issues in medical ethics, Dr. Cherry serves as Associate Editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Associate Editor of Christian Bioethics, and Editor-in-Chief of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum. He has authored numerous scholarly articles in the field of health care ethics, and is the author or editor of four books: Persons and Their Bodies: Rights, Responsibilities, Relationships; Allocating Scarce Medical Resources: Roman Catholic Perspectives; Natural Law and the Possibility of a Global Ethics; and Kidney for Sale by Owner: Human Organs, Transplantation, and the Market.

H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., Ph.D., M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Professor of Philosophy
Rice University, Houston, Texas

With a nationally distinguished record as a medical ethicist, Dr. Engelhardt is professor at Rice University and professor emeritus at Baylor College of Medicine. He is the editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and editor of the Philosophy and Medicine book series with over eighty volumes in print. He is senior editor of the journal Christian Bioethics and senior editor of the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture. Engelhardt has authored over three-hundred-and-ten articles and chapters of books in addition to numerous book reviews and other publications. There have been over one hundred forty re-printings or translations of his publications. He also has co-edited more than twenty-five volumes and has lectured widely throughout the world. His books include Bioethics and Secular Humanism: The Search for a Common Morality; The Foundations of Bioethics, which has been translated into Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish; and The Foundations of Christian Bioethics, which has been translated in Portuguese and will appear in Romanian later this year.

Jorge L. A. Garcia, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
Boston College, Boston, Massachusetts

An esteemed moral philosopher with numerous book chapters, scholarly articles, and essays in journals of public opinion, Dr. Garcia regularly turns his attention to issues including ethical theory, the role of character and the virtues, the cultural context for health care decisions, physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, and most recently, the role of race in the American health care system. He is currently at work on The Heart of Racism: Essays on Diversity, Race, and Relativism. Dr. Garcia has been a consultant for the Harvard School of Medicine Project on "Quality of Life at the End of Life," the National Institutes of Health Special Study Section on the Human Genome Project, and the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics Project on Dying in an African American Community, and he has made many other advisory, editorial, and review board contributions for such publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Hastings Center Report, and the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

Robert P. George, D.Phil., J.D.
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

A current member of the President's Council on Bioethics and presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993-98, Professor George is the author of Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality; In Defense of Natural Law; and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion, and Morality in Crisis. In addition, he is the editor or co-editor of titles including Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays; The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism; Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality; Great Cases in Constitutional Law; and Constitutional Politics: Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change. His articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, and the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and he has written for the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Review, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other newspapers and magazines. The general editor of New Forum Books, a Princeton University Press series of interdisciplinary works in law, culture, and politics, Professor George also serves on the editorial boards of First Things, Academic Questions, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Journal of International Biotechnology Law.

William F. May, Ph.D.
Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics Emeritus
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Recognized as one of America's leading scholars and teachers in the field of medical ethics, Dr. May was the founding director of the Maguire Center of Ethics at Southern Methodist University, a founding fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics, and from 2002-2004 served on the President's Council on Bioethics. He also served as a member of the Working Group on Ethical Foundations for the Clinton Task Force on National Health Care Reform. Among Dr. May's many books are The Physician's Covenant: Images of the Healer in Medical Ethics; The Patient's Ordeal; and Beleaguered Rulers: The Public Obligation of the Professional. With these signal works are also numbered writings in the field of medical ethics on such subjects as the right to die and the obligation to care, organ transplants, and ethics of doctors and lawyers.

Gilbert C. Meilaender, Ph.D.
Richard and Phyllis Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics
Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana

A current member of the President's Council on Bioethics and a Fellow of the Hastings Center for Bioethics, Dr. Meilaender has authored The Theory and Practice of Virtue; Morality in Plague Time: AIDS in Theological Perspective; Faith and Faithfulness: Basic Themes in Christian Ethics; Body, Soul, and Bioethics; Bioethics: A Primer for Christians; and Things That Count: Essays Moral and Theological. He has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Religious Ethics and for Religious Studies Review, and also on the Editorial Boards of the Annual of the Society of Religious Ethics, Dialog, and First Things.

David Solomon, Ph.D.
W. P. and H. B. White Director, Center for Ethics and Culture
Associate Professor of Philosophy
University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

Director of the annual Notre Dame Conference on Medical Ethics since 1986, Dr. Solomon's research interests have focused on issues in contemporary moral philosophy with special attention to medical ethics. He was the co-author of the first study of the public policy implications of the high court's Roe v. Wade decision, Abortion and Public Policy. His ethics articles have been published regularly in scholarly journals and in journals of public opinion, and he has appeared frequently on television as an ethics expert for such nationally syndicated PBS programs as The Firing Line and Today's Life Choices. Dr. Solomon is currently working on a scholarly monograph on the recent revival of virtue ethics and two volumes of essays on medical ethics.

Baylor Advisory Committee

Michael Attas, M.Div., M.D.
Medical Director, Hillcrest Cardiovascular Center
Associate Director, Medical Humanities Program
Part-Time Lecturer in Medical Humanities

Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D.
Associate Director, J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies
Associate Professor of Church-State Studies

R. Michael Hanby, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Institute for Faith and Learning
Assistant Professor of Theology, Honors College

Douglas V. Henry, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Faith and Learning
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Honors College

Robert B. Kruschwitz, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Christian Ethics
Professor of Philosophy

James Marcum, Ph.D.
Director, Medical Humanities Program
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Daniel B. McGee, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion

Margaret Watkins Tate, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Thursday, October 13

5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Cashion Lobby, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Opening Banquet
Cashion Banquet Hall, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business

7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Opening Address
Cashion Banquet Hall, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business
David Solomon: Can Medicine Survive Medical Ethics?

Presider: Douglas Henry

Friday, October 14

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Baylor Sciences Building, 2nd Floor Lobby, "E" Wing

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

First Breakout Session
Baylor Sciences Building Rooms E201, E301, E401
Free Clinics, Parish-Based Practice, and Alternative Health Care
Session Chairs: Robert Kruschwitz, Francis J. Beckwith, Frances Strodtbeck

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

First Plenary Panel Session
Jones Theater, Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center
Justice, Medicine, and the Market
Jorge Garcia, Mark Cherry, David Solomon, William May
Presider: James Marcum

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Blume Conference Center, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Second Breakout Session
Baylor Sciences Building Rooms E201, E301, E401
Family and Patient Autonomy in Health Care Decision Making
Session Chairs: Rebecca Stangl, James Krueger, Margaret Tate

3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Second Plenary Panel Session
Baylor Sciences Building D109
Christian Resources for Health Care Ethics
Robert P. George, H. Tristram Engelhardt, William May, Gilbert Meilaender
Presider: Robert Kruschwitz

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Keynote Banquet
Cashion Banquet Hall, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business

7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Keynote Address
Cashion Banquet Hall, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business
Robert P. George: The Embryo Question
Presider: Francis J. Beckwith

Saturday, October 15

7:30-8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Baylor Sciences Building, 2nd Floor Lobby, "E" Wing

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Third Breakout Session
Baylor Sciences Building Rooms E201, E301, E401
Responding to Physician Error
Session Chairs: Christopher Toner, Margaret Tate, Michael Attas

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Third Plenary Panel Session
Baylor Sciences Building D109
Facing Death: Futility and Its Alternatives
Mark Cherry, Jorge Garcia, Gilbert Meilaender, H. Tristram Engelhardt
Presider: Daniel McGee

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Closing Luncheon
Cashion Banquet Hall, 5th Floor, Hankamer School of Business