November 22, 2018

New Advisory Council Ramps Up Work of the Center for Christian Bioethics

Heather Reifsnyder, Loma Linda University Health, and Adventist Review

Loma Linda University Health in Loma Linda, California, United States, has drafted five individuals with particular areas of expertise to serve on the newly formed Advisory Council to the Center for Christian Bioethics.

Creating the Advisory Council brings in the wisdom, professional connections, and credentials of the five-member team, leaders said. The goal is to strengthen links in the ethical community between academia and health care, and between Loma Linda University Health and other organizations committed to the study and practice of ethics, they added.

“We carefully chose the council members for the distinctive expertise they can bring to their work as advisors of our Center for Christian Bioethics,” said Gerald Winslow, director of the Center for Christian Bioethics and professor of ethics at Loma Linda University School of Religion. “It would be difficult to imagine a more illustrious group to help us in these ways.”

Members of the Advisory Council

The five advisors represent various facets of scholarship and practice in ethics, health care, and religion, according to Winslow. “We are remarkably pleased to have secured the collaboration of such a stellar group,” he said.

The five new experts include Karen Lebacqz, professor emerita, Pacific School of Religion; Patricia Benner, professor emerita, University of California at San Francisco School of Nursing; and Felicia Cohn, Bioethics Director, Kaiser Permanente of Orange County (California). The other two members of the Advisory Council are Robert Macauley, Cambia Health Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Palliative Care, Oregon Health and Sciences University; and John Walsh, Omer E. Robbins Chaplain and lecturer in religious studies at the University of Redlands.

About the Center for Christian Bioethics

Since 1984, the Center for Christian Bioethics at Loma Linda University Health has offered leadership and guidance on the integration of religion, medicine, and ethics as it applies to clinical care. Ethical considerations related to public health and societal issues are also a focus at the Center for Christian Bioethics.

According to its website, the Center has served as an important bridge between Christians and the rest of the community on thinking responsibly regarding issues of bioethics.

The original version of this story appears on the Loma Linda University Health news page.