In the News

San Francisco Chronicle, 11/18/15
--S.F. woman who sought to have embryos preserved loses legal case
On Wednesday, a judge ruled the frozen embryos of a divorced San Francisco couple who disagree about the use of the embryos should be destroyed. David Magnus, the Thomas A. Raffin Professor in Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is quoted in this article.

Scope, 11/12/15
--Using social media in clinical research: Case studies address ethical gray areas
This post highlights the work of the Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Collaborative, a group bioethicists who provide free or low-cost consultations. Mildred Cho, professor of pediatrics and of medicine and associate director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, is one of the leaders of the project.

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.

Ways to Give Gifts

A gift may be made in the form of a check, securities, a bequest, or a complex trust arrangement designed to maximize tax advantages. Checks should be made payable to Stanford University.

For financial donations, please contact the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics at 650-723-5760.


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Past Events

Health Care: The Human Story
Anna Deavere Smith
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25th Annual Jonathan J. King Lectureship
Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 5:30 pm
Li Ka Shing Center: Berg Hall
Stanford School of Medicine

24th Annual Jonathan J. King Lectureship video presentation
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Timothy E. Quill, MD, FACP, FAAHPM 
October 21, 2014