Healthcare Ethics Council

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Cheyn D. Onarecker, MD, MA
Robert D. Orr, MD, CM
Ferdinand D. Yates, Jr., MD, MA


Mission Statement:

“A community of healthcare professionals in affiliation with The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity that recognizes and engages in dignified medical healthcare and professional education in the Judeo-Christian Hippocratic tradition.”

Through the leadership of co-chairs, Bob Orr and Nick Yates (formerly holding the titles of Consultant on Clinical Ethics and Consultant on Pediatric Ethics for CBHD respectively), the Healthcare Ethics Council held its first meetings on the campus of Trinity International University in conjunction with the Center’s 2010 annual summer conference. The Center and the co-chairs express a broad invitation for all healthcare professionals (clinical and non-clinical alike) to participate in this community of influence, extending from the broad clinical/medical community on to the chaplaincy and hospital administrators.

In its first official capacities the steering committee decided that the longstanding Clinical Ethics Working Group will be folded into the new HEC, though the working group emphasis upon creating case studies for peer-reviewed publication will continue.

A key aspect of this community’s work will be to assist CBHD in its commitment to “scholarship with a purpose” through the dissemination of pertinent clinical, medical, and ethical information. The HEC plans to engage in dialogue through events and resources consisting of case reports, readings, and commentaries among several other activities and additional resources that are currently under discussion.

If you are interested in being involved in the HEC, please contact us at and we will forward your information on to the HEC Co-Chairs.


Related Resources:

Clinical Ethics Working Group
Case Studies