Bioethics Grand Rounds

Bioethics Grand Rounds are held quarterly beginning January 2021, designed for outreach consistent with the Land-Grant Mission of WSU. Each hour-long session features two nationally prominent speakers on visible bioethics topics at the forefront of national discussion, and are made available to physicians, nurses, hospital ethics committees, and other healthcare providers throughout the state of Washington (and nationally) via zoom webinar technology. Recorded session available to all registrants, as well as the general public, via YouTube. For 2021, Grand Rounds sessions have averaged 250+ registrants, and more than 200 YouTube views.

In addition to an outreach function, these sessions provide exposure to ethical issues of visible currency to clinical practice for medical students and residents within the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, as well as providing educational opportunities for ESFCOM faculty and staff, and faculty, staff and students throughout all campuses and colleges of WSU.

Upcoming Guests and Lectures

For the 2024-2025 Academic Year, the Bioethics Lab will mark the launch of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine’s new Pediatric Residency Program with quarterly Grand Rounds that focus on Pediatric issues in Bioethics.  Below are the scheduled speakers:

Laine Ross, MD, PhD

September 11, 2024
Noon–1 p.m.

The Ethics of Vaccine Mandates and Vaccine Refusals

Laine Ross MD, PhD

Dean’s Professor and Inaugural Chair of the Department of Health Humanities and Bioethics, and the Director of the Paul M Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Kyle Brothers

November 13, 2024
Noon–1 p.m.

Consent and Surrogate Decision-making in Pediatrics

Kyle Brothers, MD, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer for Norton Children’s Research Institute

January 29, 2025
Noelle Younge, MD; MHS, Duke University
Jana Craig, PhD; Kaiser Permanente Northern California
Topic: Infant Periviability
Noelle Younge is a Neonatologist who first-authored the definitive work on PeriViable Infants (published in the New England Journal of Medicine).
Jana Craig is Director of the Regional Ethics Program for Kaiser Permanente Northern California, overseeing clinical ethics implementation for more than 20 hospitals in the region.

May 14, 2025
Gail Knight, MD; Rady Children’s Hospital
Aaron Goldenberg, PhD, MPH; Case Western Reserve University
Topic: What role should Whole Genome Sequencing play in New Born Screening?
Gail Knight is Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego.  A Neonatologist specializing in genomics, she is the first African-American Chief of Staff at Rady.
Aaron Goldenberg is a Bioethicist; Director of the National Newborn Screening Clearinghouse; and Member, Ethics and Legal Work Group of the Newborn Screening Translational Research Network

Past Grand Rounds Guests and Lectures

Thaddeus Pope, JD

May 15, 2024

Nonbeneficial Treatment

Thaddeus Pope, JD

Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Candice Finnila

January 31, 2024

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications in the Use of Whole Genome Sequencing to Diagnose Medical Problems Experienced by Newborns in the Neonatal ICU

Candice Finnila, PhD

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Nina Varsava

February 8, 2023

Precedent, Reliance Interests, and the Dobbs Decision

Nina Varsava, JD, PHD

Assistant Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Laura Guidry-Grimes and Maya Sabatello

May 31, 2023

Disability, Inclusion & Access in Clinical Medicine & Biomedical Research

Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD, HEC-C

Associate Staff Bioethicist, Cleveland Clinic;
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner
College of Medicine

Maya Sabatello, PhD, LLB

Associate Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine) and (in Medical Humanities and Ethics), Columbia University

Stephen Hargarten

September 20, 2023

Disability, Inclusion & Access in Clinical Medicine & Biomedical Research

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH

Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin

Amy McGuire

November 15, 2023

Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy for Mental Health: Reconciling Indigenous and Western Ontologies

Amy McGuire, JD, PHD

Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Baylor College of Medicine

Micha Hester and Mark Aulisio

May 18, 2022

Michah Hester, PhD

Chair, Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Professor of Medical Humanities and Pediatrics

Mark P. Aulisio, PhD

Case Western Reserve University
MetroHealth System

Cinnamon Bloss and Ryan Spellecy

September 7, 2022

Do-it-Yourself Medicine: Direct-To-Consumer Genetics, Nutritional Supplements, and the Role of FDA Oversight

Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

Interim Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs
University of California, San Diego

Ryan Spellecy, PhD

Ursula Von der Ruhr Chair in Bioethics
Assistant Provost of Research Oversight
Medical College of Wisconsin

Yoav Schlesinger and Elizabeth Worthey

November 9, 2022

Ethics, Informatics, and Artificial Intelligence in Medical Practice

Yoav Schlesinger

Director, Office of Ethical and Humane Use
Principal, Ethical AI Practice
Salesforce Corporation

Elizabeth Worthey

Director of the Center for Computational Genomics and Data Science
University of Alabama, Birmingham

Daniel Salmon and Saad Omer

January 27, 2021

SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Safety and Allocation

Dan Salmon, PhD

Former Associate Director
U.S. National Vaccine Program Office
Director, John Hopkins University
Institute for Vaccine Safety

Saad Omer, MPH, PhD

NASEM Commitee on Allocation of Vaccine for
Novel Coronavirus; WHO Vaccine Safety
Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine

Matthew Wynia and Heidi Malm

April 28, 2021

Professional Obligations During Pandemic

Matt Wynia, MD

Former Director, Institute for Ethics
American Medical Association
Director, University of Colorado
Center for Boiethics and Humanities

Heidi Malm, PhD

Department of Philosophy
Loyola University Chicago

Darrell Ezell and Stephen Sodeke

September 29, 2021

Diversity and Inclusion in Academic Medicine

Darrell Ezell, PhD

Director for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Stephen Sodeke, PhD, MA

Professor of Bioethics, Tuskegee University, Center for Biomedical Research

Richard Myers and Bruce Korf

November 10, 2021

Translating Genomic Research to Clinical Practice

Richard Myers, PhD

President and Science Director
M.A. Loya Chair in Genetics
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Bruce Korf, MD, PhD

Editor, American Journal of Human Genetics
Wayne and Sara Crews Endowed Professor
University of Alabama Birmingham