LOS ANGELES--In response to the questions being raised by new
medical technologies and managed health care, City of Hope has
established its Institute for Applied Health Care Ethics on its
100-acre Duarte, Calif, campus.
Coretta Scott King, widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., spoke at the Institute's dedication ceremony. Mrs.
King is president and CEO of The King Center for Nonviolent Social
Change in Atlanta.
"The Institute for Applied Health Care Ethics brings together
scientists, ethics scholars, policy and legislative specialists,
students, and clinicians to encourage discussion and debate on
issues in clinical and health care ethics," said City of
Hope President and CEO Sanford Shapero.
The Institute's first event was The Genome Imperative conference
focusing on the ethical considerations surrounding genetic testing
Dr. Shapero said that the formation of the Institute was a natural
evolution for City of Hope. "By virtue of our recognized
leadership in cancer research and bone marrow transplantation,
we believe that the City of Hope is uniquely qualified to carry
gene therapy forward into the 21st century," he said.
"But along with that commitment to solid research and medicine
comes the responsibility to be held accountable for the human
value elements of our industry. We have chosen to assume the lead
in that position as well."
Dr. Norman T. Mendel, Rabbi, has been named the Institute's first
director. He previously has served as the chairman of City of
Hope's Pastoral Care Services and continues in that capacity.