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Raymond W. Waggoner Lecturers

The Raymond W. Waggoner Lectureship on Ethics and Values in Medicine is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Michigan. The Lectureship brings national/international experts to explore cutting-edge issues related to ethics and values in medicine.

The Waggoner Lecturers to date:


Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, MA

Gun Violence, Mental Illness and the Law: Balancing Risk and Rights for Effective Policy

Jeffrey Swanson, PhD, MA

Understanding Involuntary Outpatient Commitment in Context: When is it ethical and how can we tell?


Mark S. Schlissel, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Michigan President

Making U-M Safer for Students: Confronting the Challenge of Sexual Misconduct


Sharon P. Douglas, M.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine and Pulmonologist University of Mississippi Medical Center

End of Life Discussions - How to Have Them


Robert Sade, M.D.
Professor of Surgery Medical University of South Carolina

Myths and Misconceptions in Biomedical Ethics


Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D.
President, American Medical Association

Fixing Health Care the Ethical Way


Laura Roberts, M.D.
Professor & Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine

On Becoming a Physician: Stresses and strengths of physicians-in-training


Bernard Lo, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Director, Program in Medical Ethics, University of California at San Francisco

Old and New Ethical Problems in Innovative Stem Cell Research

Lawrence Gostin, JD, LLD
Associate Dean & Professor, Law & Global Health, Georgetown University Law School

Redressing the Unconscionable Health Gap: A Proposal for a Global Plan for Justice


Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Bioethics, The Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health

Beyond Band-Aids: How to Cure America's Sick Healthcare System


Thomas Murray, Ph.D.
President, The Hastings Center; Chair, Ethical

Issues Review Panel, World Anti-Doping Agency: Ethics, Genetics, and the Future of Sport


Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.
George E. Wantz, M.D. Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine Director, Center for the History of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases Professor of Psychiatry The University of Michigan

Contemplating Pandemics: The Role of Historical Inquiry in Developing Pandemic Influenza Mitigation Strategies for the 21st Century


Leon Eisenberg, M.D.
(Deceased) The Maude and Lillian Professor of Social Medicine and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

When Good Men and Women Do Nothing - Doctors at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo


Sheldon Krimsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Tufts University; Adjunct Professor at Tufts Medical School

Academic Science and Entrepreneurship: Are the Conflicts Reconcilable?


Leon R. Kass, M.D., Ph.D.
Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics; Addie Clark Harding Professor on Social Thought in The College at the Univ. of Chicago

Ageless Bodies, Happy Souls: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Perfection


Mary Sue Coleman, Ph.D.
President, University of Michigan; Professor of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan Medical School; Co-Chair, Institute of Medicine`s Committee on the Consequences of Uninsurance

Care Without Coverage: Too Little, Too Late


Harold T. Shapiro, Ph.D.
President Emeritus and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Chair, National Bioethics Advisory Commission; Past President, University of Michigan

Ethical Considerations in Research on Human Subjects - Time for Change ... Again


Catherine D. DeAngelis, M.D.
Editor, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Integrity in Scientific Publications: Implications for Research


Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., A.F.
Zelenik Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Chairman of Psychiatry, and Director of the Law and Psychiatry Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School

No Place to Hide: Threats to Confidentiality and Privacy in Medicine


Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Bioethics and Trustee Professor of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania Health System

What is Wrong With Human Cloning?: The Ethics of Technological Reproduction


Alan Stone, M.D.
Touroff-Glick Professor of Law and Psychiatry, in the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University

Physician Assisted Suicide: Where Do We Stand?


Robert Michels, M.D.
The Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Cornell University Medical College; Provost for Medical Affairs, Cornell University

Ethics and the Changing Role of the Physician: The Coming Crisis in the Practice of Medicine