Suter Science Seminars

Monday, February 15, 2010, 4 p.m.

Science Center #106

Clinical Ethical Decision Making

Robert Shabanowitz, Ph.D.

Bioethics involves critical reflection on moral/ethical problems faced in health care settings. Principle-based ethical theory is currently available to guide health care professionals in clinical decision-making when they face ethical dilemmas. These principles include respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence and distributive justice. In a pluralistic democratic society, clinical ethical decision making is complicated by competing value systems. We will explore ethical decision making from both a principle-based and narrative ethics approach.

Shenandoah Anabaptist Scientific Society

About the Presenter

Robert Shabanowitz, Ph.D.

Director of ART/ Andrology Laboratories,
Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.

Robert has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Elmira College, a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Kent State University, and a Master of
Arts Degree in Bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He finished his postdoctoral studies at the Laboratories for Reproductive Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UNC, Robert spent five years as the Laboratory Director for the In Vitro & Fertilization program at Chapel Hill.

Robert came to Geisinger Medical Center in February, 1991 to develop a laboratory for advanced reproductive technologies. The program has helped infertile couples deliver over 376 children since opening in 1992.

Robert joined the Bioethics Review and Advisory Committee in 1996 and has been co-chairman since 2002. His current interests are in organizational ethics and the ethics of medical marketing.

See past 2007-08 Suter Science Seminars or contact Cheryl Doss at (540) 432-4400 for more information.