Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series

The UCSD and Donald Shapiro 2011-2012 Biomedical Ethics Seminar Series is supported by a generous gift from The Institute of Health Law at the California Western School of Law (CWSL), which co-sponsors with UCSD a Master's Degree in Health Law. It meets once monthly for faculty, staff, and students to discuss selected ethics topics.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at UCSD in the Medical Teaching Facility (MTF), Room 175. To subscribe/unsubscribe to the ethics-l mailing list, please go to

For more information please contact Mary Devereaux at

2012 Topic Discussion
January 18 Global Health Ethics: The Worldwide Crisis of Untreated Pain Katherine I. Pettus, PhD.
February 15 Bernard Gert (1934-2011): Working with a giant on a critique of living organ donation Robert W. Steiner, MD
March 21 Development and Dissemination of Surgical Innovations David C. Chang, PhD,
April 18 Oh, the Places You'll Work: Medical Spaces and How they Affect the Doctor-Patient Relationship Joseph G. Johnston, Jr., AIA,
FreemanWhite, Inc, David Kirsh, UCSD Cognitive Science
May 16 Changes in Human Subjects Protections Steven R Smith, JD, Dean,
Cal Western School of Law
June 20 The Limits of Scientific Evidence and the Ethics of Dietary Guidelines - Sixty years of Ambiguity Peter Attia, President,
Nutrition Science Initiative
July 18 No Meeting ---
August 15 No Meeting ---
September 19 Ethical Issues in Transplant Candidacy Marc A. Norman, Ph.D., ABPP
October 17 Dispensing with Truth in Pharma
Dr. Barret-Connor
Division of Epidemiology, UCSD
November 21 Thanksgiving Break - No meeting ---
December 19 Holiday Break - No meeting ---


The UC San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

The UC San Diego School of Medicine designates this educational activity for one credit per hour of Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the activity.


  1. To increase awareness of the ethical dimensions of research, clinical practice, and teaching.
  2. To increase discussion and understanding of the ethical dimensions of research, clinical practice and teach