Ethics of the Heart Conference

Dr. Jim Kirkpatrick, a believing cardiologist and bioethicist at Penn, sent along information on a conference he’s developed concerning ethics and policy challenges relating to advanced heart failure.  I’ve had the privilege of working alongside Dr. Kirkpatrick as a member of our local ministry council, and know that the conference will be top-notch.

Here’s more information –

What – “Ethics of the Heart: Ethics and Policy Challenges in the Treatment of Advanced Heart Failure”; conference will identify and discuss the most important ethical issues in the treatment of advanced heart failure.

When – Friday October 9 – Saturday October 10 (Fri. evening, all day Saturday)

Where – University of Pennsylvania

Who – The conference will convene a panel of nationally-known, multidisciplinary experts in the fields of Heart Failure and Bioethics.

Why – “The topic of ethics and treatment of heart failure is increasing in importance with the growing number of heart failure patients… coupled with the increasingly sophisticated, invasive, mechanized and costly therapies available.  Heart transplant is a standard and highly successful means to treat heart failure patients, but the limited and static number of available organs raises important ethical concerns surrounding patient selection and organ allocation, as well as methods to increase the supply of high quality organs.  There are also quality of life and quality of death considerations which come with [heart failure] devices, which can complicate palliative care.  While a growing body of empirical research addresses some of these issues, the overall topic has received little emphasis” in various arenas and is worthy of further exploration.

Feel free to email me at for further information.


About Bryan Stoudt

On my personal website (, I help Christians follow Jesus in a noisy, broken world. I also have the privilege of helping Philadelphia's healthcare students and professionals do this as Area Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). More information at On a personal note, I'm fortunate to be married to my wonderful wife, Sharon. Together, we have four fantastic children. In my spare time, I enjoy roasting coffee, running, reading and learning foreign languages.
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