John Collins Harvey Lecture & Pellegrino Seminar

Annual John Collins Harvey Lecture & 6th Annual Pellegrino Symposium:

Patient-Centered Medicine

Thursday, April 25 - Friday, April 26, 2019
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center
Washington, DC





Pellegrino Seminar


2019 Pellegrino Young Scholars' Essay Prize

An important new feature of the Annual Pellegrino Symposium, sponsored by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University, is the Pellegrino Young Scholars’ Prize.  We invite graduate students, professional students, resident physicians, and post-doctoral fellows to submit essays addressing theoretical questions or ethical issues in “Patient-Centered Medicine,” in conversation with the work of Pellegrino.  International entrants are welcome but must be fluent in English.  The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 prize and will be invited to present the work in a 45-minute lecture at this year’s Annual Pellegrino Symposium to be held at Georgetown University on April 26, 2019.  For additional information about the Seminar, visit our registration website.

The award winner will also receive up to $500 in travel reimbursement for economy class travel and will receive up to 2-days of housing at an on campus hotel to attend the symposium.  The winning essay will be published in an issue of the journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.  Three runner-up essays will be considered for publication in Philosophy, Ethics and Humanities in Medicine (if merited, but not guaranteed) for an issue in 2019-2020.

Essays should be original, make reference to the work of Edmund Pellegrino, address some aspect of patient-centered clinical care and be no more than 3500 words in length (plus references and notes).  While any style is acceptable, APA format is preferred.  Essays should be submitted electronically to Mrs. Marti Patchell at:, no later than March 15, 2019; winner will be announced March 29, 2019.


John Collins Harvey Lecture: Featured Speaker


O. Carter Snead, JD

William P. and Hazel B. White Director, Center for Ethics and Culture

Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of Political Science,

University of Notre Dame

Professor Carter Snead is the William P. and Hazel B. White Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, Professor of Law in the Law School, and Concurrent Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. Professor Snead is one of the world's leading experts on public bioethics - the governance of science, medicine, and technology in the name of ethical goods. He has published over 40 journal articles, book chapters and essays on abortion, embryo research, neuroethics, assisted reproduction, end of life decision-making, assisted suicide, and euthanasia. His articles have appeared in such publications as the New York University Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Forum, the Vanderbilt Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics, the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, and Political Science Quarterly. He is the the editor of two book series with the University of Notre Dame Press, including "Catholic Ideas for a Secular World." He has advised officials in all three branches of the federal government on matters of public bioethics. He served as General Counsel to President Bush's Council on Bioethics (chaired by Leon R. Kass). He led the US delegation to UNESCO and was its chief negotiator for bioethics-related treaties and conventions from 2003-2005. He also served as the US Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe's Steering Committee on Bioethics from 2006-08. From 2008-12, the Director General of UNESCO appointed him to a four-year term on the International Bioethics Committee. In 2016, Pope Francis appointed him to the Pontifical Academy for Life, which advises the Vatican on culture of life issues.


Speakers of the 6th Annual Pellegrino Seminar


F. Daniel Davis, PhD

Director of Bioethics, Geisinger Health System


Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing


Daniel P. Sulmasy, MD, PhD

Andre Hellegers Professor of Biomedical Ethics, PCCB

Acting Director, Kennedy Institute of Ethics


Holly Lynch, JD, MBE

John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics, 

Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy; Assistant Faculty Director of Online Education, 

University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine


James Giordano, PhD, MPhil

Chief, Neuroethics Studies Program

Scholar-in-Residence, PCCB;

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics,

Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany


More information about the program and speakers can be found at the registration website.

Past Pellegrino Seminar Topics and Videos

"Pellegrino and the Healer's Role": featuring reflections on the medical profession and the role of the healer, and 

"Clinical Ethics in the Tradition of Pellegrino": featuring reflections on current topics in clinical ethics through the lens of Pellegrino's works, such as end-of-life care, genomic medicine, and neuroethics

"Philosophy of Medicine": a fresh look at Pellegrino’s work in the philosophy of medicine, with one eye looking back to his original body of work and another eye looking forward to how his writing might inform contemporary conversations regarding the philosophy of medicine.