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Stanford Report, January 16, 2002

Legendary bioethicist to deliver farewell

Ernle Young, PhD, renowned bioethicist with the Stanford University Medical Center, will deliver a retirement lecture on bioethics Thursday at 5 p.m. in the medical center's Fairchild Auditorium. Young, co-director and co-founder of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, is retiring at the end of the month after nearly 30 years at Stanford.

The lecture, titled "Bioethics at Stanford: Retrospective and Pro-spective," will focus on the years after Young arrived at Stanford when the bioethics field was still in its infancy. Young will also identify current and emerging challenges in the field. A reception will follow.

An ordained minister, Young was recruited to Stanford in 1973 to teach biomedical ethics and begin a chaplaincy program at the medical center. He started instructing ethics courses at the medical school in 1974 when Stanford was one of only two medical schools in the country to offer such studies.

In 1989, Young co-founded the Center for Biomedical Ethics, relinquishing his role as chaplain to teach full time. He has gone on to teach ethics to a diverse student body at the university and medical center, including medical students, residents, undergraduates and participants in continuing studies programs.

An expert on ethical issues involving neonatology and intensive care, Young has authored or co-authored several books on ethical issues, including Alpha and Omega: Ethics at the Frontiers of Life and Death and A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die:Ethics and Conflicts in An Intensive Care Nursery. He is also a consultant for NASA and the California Medical Association Council on Ethical Affairs.

Young's lecture is free and open to the public. For details, please contact Joyce Prasad at 723-5760.

Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics