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ASBH 25th Annual Conference

Program Theme and Description

Engaging the Past to Energize the Future: Creating Space for Inclusive Public Discourse

The 25th anniversary of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) is an opportunity for us as a community to reconsider the role of bioethics and humanities in society. For example, how best to respond to divisive policies and frame honest and open discussions with those with whom we disagree. Part of this reconsideration calls for creating spaces—physical or otherwise—that facilitate interaction and deliberation.

In that vein, the 2023 ASBH Annual Conference will address critical questions including: How can we frame conversations and debates to identify substantive discussion points without resorting to pure rhetoric? How best can we solicit the perspectives of key stakeholders when making decisions with broad implications? How can we destructuralize racism and other biases routinely built into healthcare access?


The 2023 conference schdeule is now available. Click the link below to explore more than 500 sessions, learn more about this year's line-up of speakers, and add to your personal itinerary!

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Schedule at a Glance

  • Wednesday, October 11: Preconference Workshops
  • Thursday, October 12: Opening Plenary Session, President's Welcome, Opening Luncheon, Evening with the Arts and Humanities: artSPEAKS, Concurrent Sessions, Affinity Group Meetings, Meet the Expert, and Conference Supporter Engagement Sessions
  • Friday, October 13: Plenary Session, Concurrent Sessions, Members’ Meeting, Affinity Group Meetings, Meet the Expert, and Conference Supporter Engagement Sessions
  • Saturday, October 14: Closing Plenary Session, Concurrent Sessions, Affinity Group Meetings, and Conference Supporter Engagement Sessions

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Who Should Attend

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Annual Conference is designed for physicians, nurses, attorneys, historians, philosophers, professors of literature and the humanities, members of the clergy, hospital chaplains, social workers, and others engaged in endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Productive Engagement

ASBH supports an environment of productive engagement, where the free expression of diverse points of view occurs in an atmosphere of scholarly exchange and mutual respect. Conference attendees, participants, and vendors are expected to observe commonsense norms for public behavior, personal interaction, and common courtesy. Abusive, harassing, or threatening behavior is not acceptable.


Respect common sense norms for public behavior, personal interaction, and common courtesy. Abusive, harassing, or threatening behavior is not acceptable.

Real Conversation

ASBH encourages an environment of free expression, diverse points of view, scholarly exchange, and mutual respect.

Health and Safety

As a participant, you have agreed to adhere to all health and safety protocols put in place by ASBH for the 25th Annual Conference. To minimize risk associated with COVID-19 exposure and other transmissible airborne viruses, all participants (attendees, speakers, exhibitors, and staff) are expected to follow the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 guidance to protect against severe illness. In addition to basic health and hygiene practices, like handwashing, CDC recommends some prevention actions, which include the following:

  • Wear a mask with the best fit, protection, and comfort for you.
  • Stay up to date with vaccination.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 or flu symptoms as needed.
  • Stay home if you have suspected or confirmed COVID19 or flu symptoms.
  • Avoid contact or social distance to your comfort.

For more information, visit the CDC's website. It is not possible to eliminate all risk of infectious disease; attendees participate in the conference at their own risk.

2023 Program Committee

Andrew Shuman, MD HEC-C, Chair
University of Michigan

Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD HEC-C
Cleveland Clinic

Kimbell Kornu, MD PhD HEC-C
Belmont University

Nicole Martinez-Martin, JD PhD 
Stanford University

Elizabeth Pendo, JD
University of Washington

Shilpa Shashidhara, PhD
Sutter Health

Board Liaisons

Kayhan Parsi, JD PhD HEC-C
Loyal University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Toby Schonfeld, PhD
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

2023 Sponsors


ACD logo           AJOB logo


JOE Logo 300          Case Western Reserve University 300


A Completed Life Initiative logo         Columbia University logo


Duquesne University logo         Emory center for ethics logo


Hastings Logo        Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 300


Loyola bioethics Logo         NYU CenterForBioethics 300


Penn MEHP DeptLogo 300         Saint Louis University Health Care Ethics logo


Sutter Health logo         UCLAHealth Ethics Logo 300


UTMB Institute of Bioethics and health humanities logo          Bioethics Graduate Program at Wake Forest University


Proudford SickleCellFund Logo