Annual Bioethics Conference

“Florida Ethics: Debates, Decisions, Solutions” Conference 

 This conference began in 1993 as a modest workshop and has evolved into what has been described as one of the largest community bioethics conferences in the country, regularly attracting as many as 400 attendees. As its name makes clear, the program aims both to provide a forum for the discussion and debate of issues in bioethics and to contribute to ethical solutions for problems and challenges in clinical practice, research and public policy. 

Three giants of contemporary bioethics- Bernard Gert, Tom Beauchamp, and Al Jonsen- discuss similarities and differences among their approaches at the 1994 (2nd Annual) conference.  It was apparently the only time all three were on such panel.

The conference is simultaneously the Spring Conference of the statewide Florida Bioethics Network. The program is regularly approved for CMEs/CEUs/CLEs for professionals in medicine, nursing, law, pastoral care, social work, and others.


Over the years, the conference has featured many of the leading scholars, administrators and clinicians in bioethics and related fields, including Tom Beauchamp, Baruch Brody, Dan Clouser, Chuck Culver, Kathleen Foley, Bernard Gert, Al Jonsen, Alan Meisel, Steve Miles, Haavi Morreim, Bill Nelson, Hilde Nelson, Jim Nelson, Ed Pellegrino, Donna Shalala, and Michael Slote.


The annual conference depends on the financial support of some of Florida’s leading health care organizations, which underwrite blocks of subscriptions for their health professionals. In addition to special academic partners —Florida International University Hebert Wertheim College of Medicine, Ross University School of Medicine, Miami-Dade College and Nova Southeastern University — these institutions have included:

  • UHealth-University of Miami Health System:  University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miller School of Medicine
  • Jackson Memorial Health System and Jackson Children’s Hospital, Miami-Dade County Public Health Trust
  • Baptist Health South Florida (Baptist Hospital of Miami, South Miami Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Doctors Hospital)
  • Miami VA Healthcare System
  • Arsht Ethics Initiatives
  • Florida Blue Foundation
  • Memorial Healthcare System
  • Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
  • Florida Department of Health
  • HCA Florida JFK Medical Center
  • VITAS Healthcare
  • Miami Children’s Health System/Jack Nicklaus Hospital
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • St. Joseph’s Hospitals-BayCare Health System
  • Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Miami Dade College, Medical Campus
  • TrustBridge Health
  • Hospice of Palm Beach County and Broward County
  • Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Tidewell Hospice
  • Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
  • BayCare Health System
  • Miami Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC)
  • Health Council of South Florida Inc.
  • Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Miami Jewish Health 
  • Baptist Health Care Pensacola
  • Jupiter Medical Center
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Health Services Administration


Click on any year below to view that year’s conference program.

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