20 Years of Service, Teaching and Outreach 

Welcome to the website of the UK Program for Bioethics, celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary in 2024! This program brings people of the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise together with multidisciplinary colleagues with skills and interests in the field of bioethics.

The UK Program for Bioethics was founded in 2004 and is responsible for bioethics education and consultation to the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise and the wider University of Kentucky campus. Our program is also involved in education and outreach for the wider clinical community throughout Kentucky, and we are available as a public education resource on bioethics nationwide. 

Rounds and Lectures

Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds

The Program for Bioethics presents Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds multiple times throughout the year. 

Research Ethics Lecture Series

The Program for Bioethics presents Research Ethics Lecture Series multiple times throughout the year. 

Schwartz Rounds®

Schwartz Rounds® at the University of Kentucky are sponsored by the UK Program for Bioethics in coordination with the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare. Read more about Schwartz Rounds® and about the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare »

Schwartz Rounds® are offered at all three UK HealthCare hospitals and are only open to UK HealthCare employees and volunteers. Click below to view the current schedule at each hospital.


The Clinical Ethics Consultation Services

Clinical Ethics Consultations are available to all UK Healthcare staff and faculty as well as patients and families. For more information, including how to contact us, click here. 

Research Ethics Consultation

The Research Ethics Consultation Service is free and available to all University of Kentucky investigators, researchers, students and laboratory staff.

Phone: 859-257-9474


Program for Bioethics faculty direct and teach the Scholarly Concentration in Bioethics for UK College of Medicine, as well as teaching a variety of courses for undergraduate students through the University of Kentucky. We also provide bioethics education programs and courses to the UK clinical enterprise in the form of grand rounds, graduate medical education (GME) or other continuing medical education (CME) activities. For a list of the educational programs available to faculty and staff, contact the Program Director.

We also offer nationally recognized moral distress and moral residue education, including CME for The Moral Distress Education Program, which now has global reach. 

The Program for Bioethics faculty is in the process of developing a Masters of Medical Science in Bioethics program. For more information about its launch and availability, contact Dr. M. Sara Rosenthal, who will serve as the Director of Graduate Studies for this new graduate program. 

Bioethics Film Screenings

For any clinical or non-clinical department, we can offer a screening and panel discussion on bioethics films.  For a list of films available for screening, please contact the Program Director.  An e-mail discussion of the issues raised in these films can also be coordinated for small groups who view the films after hours at home.