Medical Center Has New Bioethics Program

Contact: Allison Elliott

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M. Sara Rosenthal


LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 10, 2005) -- University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center’s faculty and staff have a new place to turn for bioethics advice – the UK Program for Bioethics and Patients’ Rights.

Dr. Michael Karpf, UK executive vice president for health affairs, announced the new program to the university community last week and appointed M. Sara Rosenthal as program director. With a doctorate in bioethics from the University of Toronto, Rosenthal is assistant professor of bioethics, UK Department of Behavioral Science.

Throughout fall 2004, Rosenthal met informally with faculty and staff to discuss appropriate goals for the new program. The bioethics program currently provides education, training, clinical support, and consultation services for UK health care colleges and health care-related disciplines. It also provides a venue for scholarly research in the field of bioethics.

The Program for Bioethics and Patients’ Rights is designed to be inclusive and will bring the people of the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise together with colleagues, drawn from a range of disciplines but with skills and interests in the field of bioethics. It will incorporate the UK Hospital Ethics Committee and will provide additional programs to bioethics endeavors at UK.

Faculty and staff wishing to contact Rosenthal may e-mail her at or call (859) 257-9474. A formal unveiling of the program will take place in March 2005. Details will be available at a later date.

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