Ethics Grand Rounds 

About Ethics Grand Rounds

Ethics Grand Rounds is a virtual bi-monthly program sponsored by the Ethics Committee at the University of Colorado Hospital and the Center for Bioethics and Humanities.  It occurs on the second Thursday of the month from Noon to 1:00pm (MT) except in July and August.  Each session features both case and issue presentations, as well as dialogue about topics of importance in clinical ethics. 

These free continuing education opportunities are open to the community at large and are attended by AMC faculty, staff and students, as well as an ever-expanding regional and national audience. 

For information about Ethics Grand Rounds, please contact

Join us for our next Ethics Grand Rounds in September 12, 2024 from Noon-1:00pm (Mountain Time).


Can the placenta and breastmilk be used for offspring drug delivery?
Should they?

Recorded Webinar:  May, 2024

Presentation by
Teri Hernandez, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Michael Zaretsky, MD
Moderated by Gianna Morales

Psychiatric Disorders and Capacity Evaluations: Ethical Principles & Approaches

Recorded Webinar:  March, 2024

Presentation by
Thida Thant, MD and Helen Murray, MD
Moderated by Gianna Morales, UCH Lead Ethics Consultant

Ethical Issues in the Medical Response
to Elder Mistreatment

Recorded Webinar:  February, 2024

Presentation by
Elizabeth M. Bloemen, MD, MPH
Moderated by Julie Swaney, M.Div.

I object! I insist! …
conscientious practice in health care

Recorded Webinar:  January, 2024

Presentation by
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH
Moderated by Julie Swaney, M.Div.

Current Ethical Controversies in Organ Donation

Recorded Webinar:  December, 2023

Presentation by
Brian Jackson, MD, MA
Moderated by Julie Swaney, M.Div.

Caring in the Context of Patient Violence

Recorded Webinar:  October, 2023

Presentation by
Darcy Copeland, RN, PhD
Moderated by Julie Swaney, M.Div.

Red Flag Laws and the Colorado Clinician

Recorded Webinar:  June, 2023

Presentation by
Chris E. Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW, FACC
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD, HEC-C

Ethical Considerations for Returning Clinical Genomic Results from a Population Biobank

Recorded Webinar:  May, 2023

Presentation by
Christina Aquilante, PharmD, FCCP
Curtis R. Coughlin, II, PhD, MS, MBE, HEC-C
Emily Todd, MS, CGC Certified Genetic Counselor
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD, HEC-C.

Ethical Issues Surrounding Abortion
in a Post-Roe Nation

Recorded Webinar:  April, 2023

Presentation by
Jackie Glover, PhD, HEC-C and Heather Straub, MD
Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv.

Ethical Issues in Blood Product Shortages

Recorded Webinar:  March, 2023

Presentation by
Nicole Draper, MD and Joel Kniep, MD

Ethical Implications of
Ableism in Healthcare

Recorded Webinar:  February, 2023

Panel Discussion with:
Megan Morris, PhD, MPH, CCC-SLP
Anne Dondapati Allen, MDiv, PhD, HEC-C
Katie Herrmann, LCSW
Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv

Complex Case?  Who do you call for help?
Ethics / Palliative Care / Psychiatry / Legal / REST?

Recorded Webinar:  January, 2023

Panel Discussion with:
Kristin Furfari, MD
Jeanie Youngwerth, MD, FAAHPM
Erica Kirsten Rapp, MD
Ellie Bane, JD
Anne Dondapati Allen, MA, MDiv, PhD, HEC-C
Moderated by, Jackie Glover, PhD, HEC-C

Ethical Issues in Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment

Recorded Webinar:  December, 2022

Discussion with:
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH and Huntington Potter, PhD
Moderated by Julie Swaney, M.Div.

Ethical Issues in Assessing Capacity for Discharge

Recorded Webinar:  October, 2022

Presentation and Discussion with:
Emily McDonnell, LCSW, Louisa Naber, LCSW,
and Jennifer Cloney, RN
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD

Not Just Little Adults: The Challenges of Caring for Children in an Adult-Focused Hospital

Recorded Webinar:  September, 2022

Presentation and discussion with:
Brian Jackson, MD, MA
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD

The EMR: Ethical Issues with Open Notes, Open Results 

Recorded Webinar:  June, 2022

Presentation and discussion with:
CT Lin, MD
Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv and Jackie Glover, PhD

Managing Ethical Issues in Pragmatic Research Conducted Via the Electronic Health Record

Recorded Webinar:  May, 2022

Discussion with:
Thomas W. Flaig, MD
Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD
John Heldens

Ethical Issues in Staffing: It's Not Over

Recorded Webinar:  April, 2022

Presentation by Anuj Mehta, MD
Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv

Walking the Tight-Rope: Navigating requests for Aid-in-Dying (MAiD) in the suicidal patient

Recorded Webinar:  March, 2022

Presentation by Jonathan Treem, MD
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD

From Colorado Law to EPIC Pathway: The Physician Proxy Law 6 Years Later 

Recorded Webinar:  February, 2022

Presentation by Kristin Furfari, MD
Moderated by Julie Swaney & Jackie Glover

Updates on Brain Death:
Conundrums and Controversies 

Recorded Webinar:  January, 2022

Presentation by Brian Jackson, MD, MA
Moderated by Kerry Brega, MD

Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine 

Recorded Webinar:  November, 2021

Presentation by Katherine Mayer, MD, FACEP

Kidney to Share:  A living kidney donor's experience and lessons learned about barriers and opportunities 

Recorded Webinar:  October, 2021

Presentation by Martha Gershun who in 2018, donated a kidney at the Mayo Clinic to a woman she read about in the newspaper.

Does the tempo of CODEs matter? The ethics of slow codes

Recorded Webinar:  September, 2021

Presentation by Abigail Lara, MD
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD

Continuing Ethical Challenges with the COVID Pandemic

Recorded Webinar:  June, 2021

Presentation by Anuj Mehta, MD

Justice Concerns with the Moderna Vaccine Trials

Recorded Webinar:  May, 2021

Presentation by Marilyn Coors, PhD, John Heldens and Thomas Campbell, MD.

Ethical Considerations for Patients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

Recorded Webinar:  April, 2021

Presentation by Jessica Hall, MSW, LCSW
UCH Emergency Department Care Management
Moderated by Julie Swaney, M.Div.
Note: first 2 minutes were inadvertently not recorded.

Ethics Consultations at
University of Colorado Hospital:
Themes and Approaches

Recorded Webinar:  March, 2021

Presentation by Kristin Furfari, MD
Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD

Health Policy: What's New?

Recorded Webinar:  February, 2021

Presentation by Mark Earnest, MD, PhD
Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv.

COVID and Moral Distress

Recorded Webinar:  January, 2021

Presentation by Jackie Glover, Anne Dondapati-Allen and Karen Jones.  Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv.

How About a Guardian for this Patient? Ethical Issues and Options

Recorded Webinar:  December, 2020

Presentation by Kathleen Herrmann, Emily McDonnell and Sophia Alvarez.  Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv.

Ethical Issues in COVID Vaccine Allocation and Implementation

Recorded Webinar:  November, 2020

Presentation by Anuj Mehta, MD.  Moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD.

Bringing the Patient’s Voice into Triage Decision-Making

Recorded Webinar:  October, 2020

Presentation by Daniel Matlock, MD, Sarguni Singh, MD and Katie Herrmann, LCSW.  Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv.


COVID-19: Who Gets the Morphine? Justice, Suffering, and Medication Allocation

Recorded Webinar:  September, 2020

Presentation by Jean Abbott, MD, MH, HEC-C.  Moderated by Julie Swaney, MDiv.

Ethical Issues in the Response to COVID-19

Recorded Webinar: May, 2020

Matthew Decamp, MD, PhD, presented at General Internal Medicine Grand Rounds.  Moderated by Mark Earnest, MD, PhD, Division Head - University of Colorado GIM.

Ethical Issues in COVID Research: During the Pandemic and After

Recorded Webinar: May, 2020

This discussion was presented by Marilyn Coors, PhD, Center for Bioethics and Humanities faculty and John Heldens, CIP, RAC, Director of the Colorado Multiple IRB (COMIRB) and was moderated by Jackie Glover, PhD.

Ethical Issues in Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded Webinar: April, 2020

Participants were asked to listen to a 33-minute American Medical Association podcast, " What criteria should be used during resource and medical worker scarcity? where AMA Editor-in-Chief Dr. Audiey Kao discusses the ethical challenges, including resource scarcity and medical worker obligations, that arise during pandemics with CBH Director, Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH.

Participants then answered short questions about:

  • Your role in healthcare team – concerns?
  • Your top ethical issues in this pandemic?
  • What are you doing for self-care & wellness?







Their responses are summarized by Jackie Glover, PhD and Matthew Wynia, MD, PhD in this 30 minute video.


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