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Center for Practical Bioethics Annual Dinner

April 18, 2018 - April 19, 2018

April 18
Reception 5:30pm | Dinner 6:45pm
Kansas City Marriott Downtown – Muehlebach Tower
Featuring Kansas City’s own world-class musician Bobby Watson.

For nearly 35 years, the Center has addressed issues in healthcare by using the tools of ethics and involving all voices, from patients and clinicians facing illness to advocates and policymakers crafting laws and regulations. The process resembles the five elements of improvisation: Collaboration, Structure, Knowledge, Confidence and Creativity.

With assist from Kansas City’s own world-class musician Bobby Watson, the Annual Dinner will take you on a journey through the five elements of improvisation in practical bioethics.

Honoring Myra Christopher


Help us honor Myra’s more than three-decade journey that changed how communities across the nation care for those with terminal illness, institutions respect the rights of patients, shared decision making helps ensure that the care we receive is the care we want, and how chronic pain is perceived, judged and treated.

Announcing The Bioethics Leadership Fund

Provide vital support to the board-directed Bioethics Leadership Fund and, within it, the Myra J. Christopher Forum. Your gift may be in honor of Myra or any of her many colleagues and contemporaries whose work ensured the Center’s success.

Learn more information about the Bioethics Leadership Fund.

Vision to Action Honoree

Mary Beth Blake, JD

From co-founder of the Center and charter board member to multiple terms as board chair, Mary Beth has been a strong and faithful voice for the Center from its earliest days.

Vision to Action Honoree

Rosemary Flanigan, PhD

After many years as a professor of philosophy at Rockhurst University and three terms on the Center’s board of directors, Rosemary served 17 years on the staff until her retirement in 2010. In 2006, the Center was honored to endow a chair in Rosemary’s name.

Special Guest: Lee Woodruff

Author of “In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing”


Joan Berkley Bioethics Symposium

Law, Medicine & Ethics: The Future of Bioethics
April 19, 8:30 am – Noon
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

For more than three decades, much of the Center’s work has focused on engaging healthcare the professions in exploring their obligations to build a just society. This symposium will examine bioethics’ checkered past and present-day challenges through the lens of law, medicine and ethics and issue a call to demand more from the professions to advance the health and dignity of all persons.



April 18, 2018
April 19, 2018


Kansas City Marriot Muehlebach Downtown
Kansas City, MO United States


Center for Practical Bioethics