The MacLean Center prize is the largest prize in clinical medical ethics. The 2018 MacLean Prize winner is Dr. William Foege, an American epidemiologist and infectious disease physician, known for his strategy of “surveillance and containment” that led to global eradication of smallpox in the 1970’s. Since then, there has been no deaths from smallpox, a disease that had led to more than 200 million death earlier in the 21st century. Dr.Foege has also been the Gates Foundation adviser on vaccination policy for Africa and Asia for the past 20 years, and has had a major role in the control of Guinea worm disease, polio, measles, and river blindness.
Since 1981, the MacLean Center has sponsored an annual lecture series that has examined the ethical aspects of one key health-related topic. In 2018-2019, our topic is Improving Value in the U.S Health Care System. Weekly lectures will continue on Wednesdays until May 2019.
Each November, The MacLean Center hosts the Dorothy J. MacLean Conference, which focuses on topics related to clinical medical ethics. This year's conference featured a keynote lecture from Dr. William Foege.
The MacLean Center’s renowned clinical medical ethics fellowship program has trained over 450 fellows, many of whom hold endowed professorships and direct clinical ethics programs in the US, Canada and Europe.
Since 1981, The MacLean Center has offered clinical ethics consultations to assist patients, families, physicians, nurses, and students. The Center also developed the concept of “research ethics consultation” in 1987 and has continued to offer this service to translational researchers and to the IRB.
Since 1986, the MacLean Center’s internationally renowned medical ethics fellowship program has graduated more than 425 fellows, many of whom hold endowed professorships and direct ethics programs around the globe.Apply now
Since 1981, the MacLean Center has sponsored an annual lecture series examining ethical aspects of one health-related topic each year. The topic in 2018-19 is Improving Value in the U.S Health Care System.Learn more
Each November, The MacLean Center hosts the Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on topics related to clinical medical ethics. The conference spans two days and draws speakers and audiences from all over the world.Learn more
August 28, 2018—Marshall Chin, MD, MPH, and Monica Peek, MD, MPH provide insight regarding their work on reducing health disparities.
January 22, 2018—Dr. Padela will speak at a workshop on "A Multicultural and Interreligious Perspective on Informed Consent," held Feb 21-23.
Mamta Swaroop, Associate Professor of Surgery at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, gives a talk in the MacLean Center’s series on Ethical Issues in Violence, Trauma, & Trauma Surgery.