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Clinical Ethics Consultation and Education

​​​Center for Bioethics and Humanities faculty actively practice clinical ethics and provide consultation at our two acute care institutions: University of Colorado Hospital and Children’s Hospital Colorado.  We offer educational seminars to the community on a variety of clinical ethics consultation topics listed below, and are available to provide informal consultation on particularly challenging cases.  Visit our Speakers Bureau,​ for an even wider range of challenging bioethics and health humanities topics.


​Informed Consent & Decision-Making Capacity    Undocumented & Unrepresented Patients
Advanced Care Planning & Advance DirectivesMedical Aid in Dying
"Futility" and Potentially Inappropriate Care    Frequent Utilizers
Pregnancy and Perinatal Issues    "Safe Enough Discharge"  
​Pediatric and Adolescent Challenges        Moral Distress for Caregivers
​Difficult Patient/Professional Encounters    Public Health Preparedness & Response
Professionalism / Legal Dilemmas / Rural Bioethics / Shared Decision-MakingRecognition of Context and Negotiation of Differences (includes cultural and religious issues)


Anne Dondapati Allen, MA, M.Div, PhD, HEC-C,  Moral Distress; Resilience; Ethical Issues in Palliative Care

Kristin Furfari, MD,  Decision-Making Capacity; Facilitating Difficult Conversations; Ethical Frameworks, Colorado Physician Proxies of Last Resort

Jeff Horowitz, LCSW,  Advance Care Planning, Colorado Proxy Process

Brian Jackson, MD, MA,   Adolescent Medicine; Pediatric Critical Care  

Karen Jones, MS, RN, HEC-C,  Moral Distress; Resiliency; Ethics Consultation; Ethics Liaison Programs  

Gianna Morales, BS,  Ethics Issues in Research, Ethics Consultation                                                

Dan Rierden, MD, HEC-C​,  Adolescent Medicine; GLBT Issues                                                        

Julie Swaney, MDiv,​  Spirituality; Cultural Differences


For direct contact with the Clinical Consult Team at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, email: ​Chelsey Patten, DBe, HEC-C
or (303) 724-5832.

If you are trying to reach the Ethics Consult Service at the University of Colorado Hospital: Email:

If you are trying to reach the Ethics Consult Service at the Children’s Hospital Colorado: Call (720) 777-3999 (One Call) and ask the operator to page the Ethics Consultant who is on call.

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