In the News


Scope, 04/19/18

--Symposium discusses promise and pitfalls of technology in medicine

The Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Symposium took place this week. The conference, which discussed the ways technology is transforming medicine, featured talks from Dean Lloyd Minor and Abraham Verghese, the Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor and vice chair for the theory and practice of medicine. 


STAT News, 04/18/18

--Artificial intelligence will put a premium on physicians’ knowledge and decision-making skills

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration approved artificial intelligence software that can identify a common eye disease. This opinion piece examines the relationship between artificial intelligence and 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.


Associated Press, 04/18/18

--Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

In this article and accompanying video, Hank Greely and Louanne Hudgins discuss the future of conceiving children and the ethics of gene editing embryos. Greely is with the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics and author of the The End of Sex and the Future of Reproduction; Hudgins is a professor of pediatrics. 


CBC Radio (Canada), 04/14/18

--Frankenstein 101: What the monster teaches medical students

During this segment, Audrey Shafer, professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine and director of the Medicine and the Muse program, discussed Stanford’s 200th anniversary celebration of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein.


Doximity, 04/09/18

--“No, first and foremost, remember to be humble"

This poem and conversation with Audrey Shafer explores the intersection of art and medicine. Shafer is a professor of anesthesiology, perioperative and pain medicine at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System and director of Stanford’s Medicine & the Muse Program.


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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.

Upcoming events

SCBE Brown Bag

Wednesday, May 2, 2018, 11am
Lotta Eriksson
Head of Secretariat for Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics
Topic: TBA
Location: SCBE conference room at 1215 Welch Rd, Mod A.

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Medicine & the Muse Program

The 2018 International Health Humanities Consortium Conference will be held at Stanford University from April 20-22, 2018.

A celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein through an
exploration of medically-based ethical dilemmas and an examination of the
relevance of Frankenstein in moral imagination today.


Alexander Nemerov
Professor, Art and Art History at Stanford University

Lester Friedman
Professor, Media and Society at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Alvan Ikoku
Assistant Professor, Comparative Literature and Medicine at Stanford University

Catherine Belling
Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University

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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