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On Wednesday December 6, Anne L. Dalle Ave, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine and PCCB faculty member, presented on “Healing Presence in Medicine: The Spiritual Path of Compassion” as part of the Ethics Webinar Series co-sponsored by the PCCB and the Catholic Health Association, Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics.


Dr. James Giordano’s article with Edward J. Calabrese, “Muller letter reveals scientific scandal that discredits evidence used to support LNT,” was published in Chemico-Biological Interactions Volume 386.


Dr. James Giordano gave the Robert S. Landauer Lecture at the Health Physics Society Annual Meeting on July 24, 2023.

The Catholic Health Association July 24 podcast Health Calls featured PCCB Director Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD in an episode titled “Strategies for Talking About the ERDs.” The episode is available on CHA’s website.


PCCB Director Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD reviewed the book Sister Death: Political Theologies for Living and Dying by Beatrice Marovich in the June 2023 issue of America Magazine.

PCCB Director Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD on “How the ERDs Can Deepen Our Catholic Identity” in Summer 2023 Health Progress


The 2023 Pellegrino Symposium addressed “Medical Mistrust” and “The Threat to Not-for-Profit Hospitals” on May 12, 2023. More information


The Pellegrino Report: Bioethics in Practice, a monthly newsletter produced by the PCCB for MedStar Georgetown professionals, was featured in the April 2023 issue of Catholic Health World

PCCB Director Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD was the keynote speaker at the annual Jesuit Heritage Lecture at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, on Thursday, April 20.  More information


Dr. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, along with Dr. Dan Sulmasy, Dr. Kevin Donovan, and Dr. Allen Roberts, presented on “Brain Death: Diagnosis, Difficulties, and Potential Redefinition” on Wednesday, March 1, 2023 as part of the Catholic Health Association’s Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care webinar series, co-sponsored by the Pellegrino Center. View the recording

Dr. Jim Giordano

The 2023 John Collins Harvey Lecture, “Covert Consciousness and Clinical Ethics: Neuroscience and Normative Obligations: A Conversation with Joseph J. Fins, MD” (facilitated by Dr. Jim Giordano) took place Friday, February 3, 2023 via Zoom. More information and recording

JANUARY On January 23, Dr. Jim Giordano was interviewed on WAMU’s news program 1A on “The Curious Case of Havana Syndrome.”


Dr. Claudia Sotomayor
DECEMBER  Dr. Claudia Sotomayor and Dr. Sarah Vittone were featured in a GUMC story on the Pellegrino Student Scholars Program.

Dr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, Dr. Allen Roberts, and Dr. Claudia Sotomayor presented on “Medical Futility: An Approach” for the Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics series, co-sponsored by the PCCB, at the Catholic Health Association on December 7, 2022.

“Doctors Gave the Orders: 75 Years After the Nuremberg Medical Trial” Symposium co-sponsored with The Kennedy Institute of Ethics took place on December 1-2, 2022 More information and recordings


Dr. Jim Giordano‘s interview with Sanjay Gupta, MD is part of Gupta’s investigation of Havana Syndrome on CNN

Dr. Sarah Vittone

Dr. Jim Giordano was interviewed at Front Line Genomics on Ethics, Biosecurity and Genomic Data

JULY Dr. Sarah Vittone was interviewed at AMDG: A Jesuit Podcast about the Lourdes Magis Immersion Program for nursing students at Georgetown. Listen here and read the GUMC story

MAY The 2022 Pellegrino Symposium, “Medical Education and the Moral Enterprise of Medicine,” took place on Friday, May 13, 2022 f via Zoom and featured a conversation with Leon Jones, MD, Dean for Medical Education, Georgetown University School of Medicine, and David J. Skorton, MD, President & CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges. The 2022 Pellegrino Student Scholars Essay Award Winners, Taylor Christie Carver, RN (GU School of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, 2023) and Dillon Williams, MS (GU School of Medicine, 2025) were also recognized at this event.

MARCH Myles Sheehan SJ, MD was quoted in an NBC News story on Long COVID


Dr. Jim Giordano spoke on the ethics of brain science at Radio Stockdale

2022 John Collins Harvey Lecture: A Conversation with Farr Curlin, MD on “The Way of the Healer”

Farr Curlin, MD, is Josiah Trent Professor of Medical Humanities and Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine and Culture Initiative at Duke University. Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD, Director of the PCCB, Professor of Medicine, and Lauler Chair in Catholic Health Care Ethics, hosted the conversation via Zoom. More information


DECEMBER Dr. Carol Taylor, professor of advanced nursing practice and former director of the PCCB, and Dr. Sarah Vittone, assistant professor of professional nursing practice and clinical ethicist at the PCCB, helped develop a new 10-page ethics-related toolkit to support a major, multi-focused guide for how nursing schools educate their beginning and graduate-level nursing students. Read more

OCTOBER PCCB director Myles N. Sheehan, SJ, MD presented the Oct. 14 webinar Emerging Topics in Catholic Health Care Ethics Session 4: “Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration” as part of a series presented in collaboration with the CHAUSA. Watch the webinar here.

MAY The Annual Pellegrino Symposium took place via Zoom and commemorated the Center’s thirty years. Titled “This Moment in Bioethics,” the event was a reflection on the unprecedented events of the past year. Speakers discussed recent trends in bioethics, confrontedthe deleterious effects of racism in patient care and medicine, and considered the future for ethics at Georgetown and the development of the Emergent Ethics Network.   As part of this new initiative, the Pellegrino Center will be collaborating with other centers at Georgetown to provide international leadership on emerging issues in bioethics, environmental justice, the use of big data and data analytics, as well as the ongoing need for deep philosophical reflection and study in ethics across disciplines. The Network as part of its mission will incorporate ongoing philosophical reflection and study in ethics across disciplines

MARCH The PCCB co-sponsored the Dean’s Seminar Series featuring Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH – “How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics”

FEBRUARY The Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture featured A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci. View the recording

JANUARY Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, was appointed Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics


MAY Jim Giordano, PhD received a Tropaia award for teaching excellende from the School for Summer and Continuing Education; Affiliate Faculty member Mike Fernandez, MD was honored with the Golden Apple award from GUSOM in recognition of his contribution to the education GUSOM students.


PCCB to collaborate with CHA on Webinar Series

June 25th, 2021

The Catholic Health Association is offering a monthly series of webinars from July to December to address critical ethical issues in caring for patients and families in Catholic hospitals,…

2021 John Collins Harvey Lecture

January 22nd, 2021

The 18th Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Friday, February 19 3:00 pm EST Link to recording Link to transcript The legacy of Dr. John…


September 1st, 2020

May 21, 2021 Feb. 19, 2021 The Pellegrino Center hosted the 18th Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture: A Conversation with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Nov. 6, 2020 The Pellegrino Center for…

Statement of Solidarity

June 15th, 2020

The PCCB faculty and staff have witnessed the events of the past few weeks with anguish as well as hope. We pledge solidarity with social movements like Black Lives Matter and with Georgetown…

COVID-19 Resources

April 2nd, 2020

Page updated regularly. See also: Upcoming and Recent PCCB Faculty Publications and Presentations at PCCB Faculty Address COVID-19 Crisis Catholic Ethics and the Challenge of…

PCCB Faculty Address COVID-19 Crisis

April 1st, 2020

Page updated regularly. See also: PCCB COVID-19 Resources Ongoing and Recent Activities: G. Kevin Donovan MD, MA, Director of the Pellegrino Center, is working closely in…