On Thursday, May 19, 2011, the inaugural Bishop Lecture in Bioethics was presented at the Alumni Center. The University of Michigan Medical School was the beneficiary of funds for the establishment of the Ronald C. and Nancy V. Bishop Lectureship in Bioethics. Both were graduates of the University of Michigan Medical School (Class of ’44). Ronald Bishop joined the U-M Medical School faculty in 1951 and pursued a career in research, teaching, and patient care in the Department of Internal Medicine, Hematology Division, until his retirement in 1987. He served as Director of the Unit for Human Values in Medicine (1981-1984) at the Medical School, and as a visiting scholar at the Hastings Center. Both Ronald and Nancy were strongly committed to social justice and were active members of the Ann Arbor community.
The featured speaker was Dr. John Lantos, Director of the Children’s Mercy Bioethics Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Dr. Lantos is a leading voice in bioethics, having served as President of the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, as well as the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. In addition, Dr. Lantos worked on President Clinton’s health reform task force in 1993. In addition to extensive scholarly output, Dr. Lantos has also appeared on Larry King Live, Oprah, and Nightline. Dr. Lantos gave an engaging talk entitled, “The Complex Ethical Mess Surrounding Genetic Testing in Children.” Approximately 75 people attended the lecture, including all four of Ronald and Nancy Bishop's children, as well as two siblings.
A reception followed the presentation.
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