Bioethics Conference to Focus on End-of-Life Issues

by Public Relations Office

Cedarville, Ohio-The controversy over Teri Schiavo's life and death caused many Americans to consider what they would want for their own end-of-life treatment decisions. Recognizing the dilemmas of end-of-life issues, Cedarville University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University are co-sponsoring the Eleventh Annual Conference on Bioethical Issues on November 3-4, with a focus on end-of-life decision-making. The conference will be held at Cedarville University. While the event activities are directed toward college students, the public is invited to attend two free lectures by keynote speaker Robert Orr, M.D., C.M., on Thursday, Nov. 3. Orr's first address is at 10 a.m. in the Jeremiah Chapel of Cedarville's Dixon Ministry Center. His second presentation, which is at 7:30 p.m., is titled "Decision-Making at the Bedside" and will be held in the Dixon Ministry Center's Recital Hall. Orr is director of clinical ethics at The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity ( and is director of ethics at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. In these capacities, he teaches clinical ethics and provides bedside consultations in clinical ethics to assist physicians, patients, and families in resolving patient care dilemmas. Orr was practicing family medicine in Vermont (he was named the Vermont Family Doctor of the Year in 1989), when a growing interest and involvement in medical ethics led him to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. From there he went on to serve as director of clinical ethics and professor of family medicine at Loma Linda University for 10 years. In 1999, the American Medical Association honored him with the Isaac Hays and John Bell Award for Leadership in Medical Ethics and Professionalism. Orr has written a multitude of materials on clinical ethics, the ethics consultation process, and issues in terminal care. He chaired the Council on Ethical Affairs for the California Medical Association and was vice president of the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities. For more information about the conference, call Dr. Dennis Sullivan at 937-766-7573 or visit -30-