Previous Lectureships

Previous Lectureships

Date: April 7, 2023

Topic: The Ethics of Organ Transplantation (Program)

Cover image for the 2023 Thomas A. Pitts lecture brochure.
  • Keynote and Session I Video
    • Keynote: Panel on the Experience of Donation
    • Session I: The Ethics of Transplantation Research
  • Session II and III Video
    • Session II: It's Time to Abandon the Dead Donor Rule
    • Session III: The UAGA & Objections to Donation
  • Session IV: Social Determinants & Barriers to Transplant (Video)

Date: April 8, 2022

Topic: Gun Violence & Public Health (Program)

Thumbnail of the Gun Violence and Public Health lecture program.
  • Keynote: Panel on the Effects of Gun Violence (Video)
  • Session I: Gun Violence, Policy and Public Health (Video)
  • Session II: Debating the Boundaries of the 2nd Amendment (Video)
  • Session III: Breaking the Cycle: Interventions for Stopping Gun Violence (Video)

Date: February 19, 2021

27th Annual Thomas A. Pitts Memorial Lectureship in Medical Ethics

Date: April 4, 2019

Topic: Opioid Controversies: The Crisis - Causes and Solutions

Opioid Controversies: The Crisis - Causes and Solutions

Speakers

  • Richard C. Ausness, JD, LLM
  • Paul J. Christo, M.D., MBA
  • Rebecca L. Haffajee, JD, Ph.D., MPH
  • Stefan Kertesz, M.D., MSc
  • Richard S. Larson, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Robert Malcolm, M.D.
  • Jacob Sullum
  • Arthur R. Williams, M.D., MA

Date: May 24, 2018

Topic: Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Kathleen B. Rogers, Ph.D.
  • Susan Lederer, Ph.D.

Date: April 6, 2017

Topic: Perspectives of Alzheimer's Disease: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Jonathan Haines, Ph.D.
  • Mary W. Sheldon, M.D.
  • Jacobo Mintzer, M.D.
  • Annette Leibing, Ph.D.
  • Robert H. Blank, Ph.D.
  • Dena Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Elaine Amella, Ph.D.
  • Jason Karlawish, M.D.
  • Elinor Fuches, Ph.D.

Date: April 8, 2016

Topic: Controversies in Clinical Research Ethics

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Mark Cherry, Ph.D.
  • Susan Ellenberg, Ph.D., MA
  • John Lantos, M.D.
  • Margaret R. Moon, M.D., MPH
  • Robert Nussbaum, M.D.
  • Rosamond Rhodes, Ph.D.
  • Lowell E. Schnipper, M.D.
  • Udo Schuklenk, Ph.D.
  • Robert Schwartz, J.D.
  • Lois Shepherd, J.D.
  • Susan M. Wolf, J.D.
  • Mark Yarborough, Ph.D.

Date: October 18, 2013

Topic: Ethical and Legal Issues in Pediatrics

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Melissa Wasserstein, M.D.
  • Norman Fost, M.D., MPH
  • Stan L. Block, M.D.
  • Douglas Diekema, M.D., MPH
  • Michael T. Brady, M.D.
  • J. Steven Svoboda, J.D.
  • Minoo Kavarana, M.D.
  • Eric Graham, M.D.

Date: October 26, 2012

Topic: Brain Science in the 21st Century: Clinical Controversies and Ethical Implications

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Jonathan Edwards, M.D.
  • Joe DeLamielleure
  • Robert Adams, M.D.
  • Wally Smith, M.D.
  • Ronald Acierno, Ph.D.
  • Mark Hamner, M.D.
  • Peter Tuerk, Ph.D.
  • Nicholas Avgeropoulos, M.D.
  • Michael K. Gusmano, Ph.D.

Date: October 28, 2011

Topic: The Health Care Reform Law (PPACA): Controversies in Ethics and Policy

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Allan Brett, M.D.
  • John Geyman, M.D.
  • Ronald Hamowy, Ph.D.
  • Paul T. Menzel, Ph.D.
  • Robert Moffitt, Ph.D.
  • Len Nichols, Ph.D.
  • James Taylor, Ph.D.
  • Griffin Trotter, M.D., Ph.D.

Date: October 29, 2010

Topic: From Laboratory to Bedside: Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Translational Research

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Mark Bernstein, M.D.
  • Benjamin Djulbegovic, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Scott D. Halpern, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Gail E. Henderson, Ph.D.
  • Charles W. Lidz, Ph.D.
  • Franklin G. Miller, Ph.D.
  • Nathan Nobis, Ph.D.
  • Dario Ringach, Ph.D.

Date: October 30, 2009

Topic: The Graying of America: Challenges and Controversies

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Daniel Callahan, Ph.D.
  • P. Dilworth-Anderson, Ph.D.
  • Muriel Gillick, M.D.
  • David A. Gruenewald, M.D.
  • Yale Kamisar, J.D.
  • William F. May, Ph.D.
  • Thomas P. Miller, J.D.
  • Timothy E. Quill, M.D.

Date: September 5, 2008

Topic: Conundrums & Controversies in Mental Health and Illness

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Raymond F. Anton, M.D.
  • Joseph D. Bloom, M.D.
  • Mark J. Cherry, Ph.D.
  • M. Carmela Epright, Ph.D.
  • Rikki Lynn Halavonich, M.D.
  • Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D.
  • Robert L.M. Phillips, M.D.
  • Jeffrey A. Schaler, Ph.D.
  • Howard V. Zonana, M.D.

Date: September 8, 2007

Topic: Dangerous Liaisons? Industry Relations with Health Professionals

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Paul Anthony, M.D., MPH
  • Howard Brody, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Sigrid Fry-Revere, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Harry B. Greenberg, M.D.
  • Peter Lurie, M.D., MPH
  • Bruce W. Lytle, M.D.
  • Paul H. Rubin, Ph.D.
  • Lance K. Stell, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Wynia, M.D. MPH

Date: September 8, 2006

Topic: Religions & Cultures of East and West Perspectives on Bioethics

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Shahid Athar, M.D.
  • S. Cromwell Crawford, Ph.D.
  • Russell Kirkland, Ph.D.
  • William LaFleur, Ph.D.
  • Andrew Lustig, Ph.D.
  • Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.

Date: September 9, 2005

Topic: Reflection on Emerging Technologies at the Centennial of Organ Transplantation

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Troyen A. Brennan, M.D.
  • H.T. Engelhardt, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Gary Francoine, J.D.
  • Albert Jonsen, Ph.D.
  • Edwin Locke, Ph.D.
  • Carlo Montemagno, Ph.D.
  • Robert M. Sade, M.D.
  • Monique Spillman, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Robert Truog, M.D.

Date: September 10, 2004

Topic: Defining the Beginning and the End of Human Life: Implications for Ethics, Policy and Law

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • James L. Bernat, M.D.
  • David DeGrazia, Ph.D.
  • George Khushf, Ph.D.
  • Donald Marquis, Ph.D.
  • William F. May, Ph.D.
  • Jeff McMahan, Ph.D.
  • Lynn M. Morgan, Ph.D.
  • Bonnie Steinbock, Ph.D.

Date: September 19, 2003

Topic: When People Attack People: Ethics Law and Policy of Violence

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Lillian R. BeVier, J.D.
  • Dean Kilpatrick, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Morse, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Lance Stell, Ph.D.
  • Deborah Prothrow-Stith, M.D.
  • Frans de Waal, Ph.D.
  • David Wasserman, J.D.
  • Franklin E. Zimring, J.D.

Date: September 13, 2002

Topic: Alternative Medical Systems: Here to Stay But on What Terms?

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Kathleen Boozang, J.D., LLD
  • Ruiping Fan, Ph.D.
  • Randall Holcombe, Ph.D.
  • Henry L. Miller, M.D.
  • E. Haavi Morreim, Ph.D.
  • Gary Nestler, DA, DOM
  • Kenneth Pelletier, Ph.D.
  • Stephen Schabel, M.D.
  • Lawrence Schneiderman, M.D.
  • Jeremy Sugarman, M.D.

Date: September 14, 2001

Topic: HIV/AIDS as an Epidemic: Ethical Issues at the 20th Anniversary

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Donald Ainslie, Ph.D.
  • Ronald Bayer, Ph.D.
  • Charles S. Bryan, M.D.
  • Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D.
  • David Kelley, Ph.D.
  • Jan F. Narveson, Ph.D.
  • Samuel H. Nelson, Ph.D.
  • Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D.

Date: September 15, 2000

Topic: Power Over Information, Power to Decide: Paternalism and Autonomy in Health Care

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Ronald Bailey
  • H.T. Engelhardt, Ph.D., M.D.
  • Lawrence Gostin, J.D.
  • Sherman A. James, Ph.D.
  • Karen Labacqz, Ph.D.
  • David J. Rothman, Ph.D.
  • Alfred I. Tauber, M.D.
  • Beverly Woodward, Ph.D.

Date: January 9, 1998

Topic: Revisiting the First Four Years Where are we Today?

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Stuart J. Youngner, M.D.
  • William Winslade, J.D., Ph.D.
  • E. Haavi Morrein, Ph.D.
  • Rosemary Tong, Ph.D.

Date: November 8, 1996

Topic: Women's Health Issues

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Eileen Hoffman, M.D.
  • Mary B. Mahowald, Ph.D.
  • Carol S. Weisman, Ph.D.

Date: November 17, 1995

Topic: Ethical Issues of Managed Care

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Louis L. Brunetti, M.D., J.D.
  • E. Haavi Morrein, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Sulmasty, M.D., Ph.D.

Date: November 18, 1994

Topic: Dying in America: Choices at the End of Life

Frankenstein at 200 Years: Contemporary, Ethical, Scientific, and Social Relevance

Speakers

  • Daniel Callahan, Ph.D.
  • William Winslade, J.D., Ph.D.
  • Timothy Quill, M.D.
  • Mark Siegler, M.D.