In the News


Scope, 10/22/18

--A stage IV cancer patient discusses what it means to live well with serious illness

Amy Berman, a nurse with stage IV cancer, spoke at the recent Jonathan King Lecture sponsored by the Center for Biomedical Ethics. Stephanie Harman, clinical associate professor of medicine, is included here. 


Scope, 10/18/18

--Understanding AFib: Slowing down the dancing heart

In the latest installment in the series Understanding AFib, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, explains different drugs that are used to slow down the heart.


Forbes, 10/11/18

--Researchers have created healthy mice from same-sex parents. But why?

Researchers in China have created healthy mice from two female parents. Hank Greely, with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and director of the Center for Law and the Biosciences, provides comment in this article.


Scope, 10/11/18

--Understanding AFib: Blood thinners simplified

In the latest installment in the series Understanding AFib, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, explains the different types of blood thinners.


The Future of Everything (Stanford Radio), 10/09/18

--How will artificial intelligence impact medical ethics?

In a recent segment on Stanford Radio, Russ Altman, the Kenneth Fong Professor and professor of bioengineering, of genetics and of medicine, discussed the ethical implications of artificial intelligence in medicine with guest David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and a professor of pediatrics and of medicine.


Scope, 10/08/18

--World Bank Group leader addresses global health community at Stanford

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim shared insights from his experience at the helm of global health and financing organizations during a recent Conversations in Global Health event. Paul Wise, the Richard E. Behrman Professor in Child Health and professor of pediatrics and a core faculty member for the Center for Innovation in Global Health, interviewed Kim on stage. Michele Barry, senior associate dean for global health, is quoted in this piece.


New York Times, 10/08/18

--The importance of medical touch

This piece discusses the importance of touch in medicine and quotes Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine.


Scope, 10/04/18

--Understanding AFib: Why do I have this? Should I take blood thinners?

In the second piece of a series on atrial fibrillation, Randall Stafford, professor of medicine and director of the Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices, examines which patients should use blood thinners.


Scope, 10/01/18

--Firelight serenade: Stanford Medicine students perform at open mic

Members of the Stanford Medicine community gather at the first open mic of the quarter, for a night filled with comedy, instruments, dancing, and improvisation.

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Advance Health Care Information

California law give you the ability to ensure that your health care wishes are known and considered if you become unable to make these decisions yourself. Completing a form called an “Advance Health Care Directive” allows you to do a number of things:

Appoint another person to be your health care “agent”

Delineate your health care wishes, such as:

  • Health care instructions, including life support, organ and tissue donation
  • Revoke prior directives

A sample form is attached for reference. Acknowledgment before a notary public is not required if two qualified witnesses have signed this Directive in Part 5. In other words this is a free legally binding document.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Noon
James Dunson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Xavier University of Louisiana
Topic: Sedation, Suicide and the Limits of Ethics

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