Ethics Grand Rounds

Keep the conversation going with #ColumbiaEthics

Infographic for Ethics Grand Rounds 2021-22 Race and Miomedicien

The Division of Ethics first Ethics Grand Rounds Series will be held during the Fall, Winter and Spring of 2021-22.

Join us Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4:00-5:30 PM ET for our first event: Dr. Alondra Nelson presents the inaugural talk of the Ethics Grand Rounds Series on Race and Biomedicine co-sponsored by the Columbia University Health Equity Lecture Series and the Office of Faculty Professional Development, Diversity & Inclusion at CUIMC.

"Innovation for Equity: Fostering a More Democratic and Just Scientific Enterprise," 

  • Alondra Nelson, PhD, Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study; Deputy Director for Science and Society for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  • This is a virtual event; it will be recorded and the video will be publicly available following the talk.  
  • Watch Here

About Ethics Grand Rounds

Building on the divisional mission in education, research, and clinical ethics, the series aims to bring ideas to action in re-imagining and transforming biomedicine research, education, and healthcare towards social justice, and to create an opportunity for catalyzing conversations across the university around issues of social justice and ethics. The first season’s theme is “Race and Biomedicine,” with individual talks focused on the areas of education, clinical medicine, and research.

  • Please let us know your ideas for speakers, topics, and improvements to the series.  We want to hear from you!  Please fill out the post-event survey which will go to all registants or email us any time at

Grand Rounds Organizing Committee

The Ethics Grand Rounds Planning committee includes representatives from across disciplines and across the University.

  • Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD – Chief Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR – Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Clinical Medical Ethics, Department of Medicine, CUIMC; Internist, Associate Director of Clinical Ethics, NYP
  • Joseph H. Eveld, MS, MFA – Program Manager, Narrative Medicine, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Julia Iyasere, MD, MBA – Vice President, Center for Health Justice and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Service Lines, NYP | Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, CUIMC
  • Merlin Chowkwanyun, PhD, MPH – Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, CUIMC
  • Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD – Associate Professor of the Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Alexis Walker, PhD – Assistant Professor of the Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Lesley A. Sharp, PhD – Professor of Anthropology, Barnard College | Senior Research Scientist, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, CUIMC
  • Jane S. Kang, MD – Rheumatology Specialist, NYP | Associate Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, CUIMC
  • Rachel Yarmolinsky, MS – Program Director, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Angelica Johnson, MS – Program Administrator, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC
  • Dounya Alami-Nassif, MA – Administrative Coordinator, Division of Ethics, Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, CUIMC

Code of Conduct and Related Policies

By registering for Ethics Grand Rounds I agree to abide by the following statements.


Our community of scholars has attempted to nurture an academic culture that embraces the importance of diversity, supports the mentorship of young scholars, cultivates the value of interdisciplinarity, exemplifies intellectual and ethical integrity, and respects differences of opinion and perspective. With that academic culture in mind, the organizers and hosts of Ethics Grand Rounds are committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert organizers, staff or security of any dangerous situations or anyone in distress. Speakers are expected to uphold standards of scientific integrity and professional ethics. The Ethics Grand Rounds organizers recognize that there are areas of science that are controversial. Ethics Grand Rounds can serve as an effective forum to consider and debate science-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful, and fair manner. These considerations apply to all attendees, speakers, staff, and guests at Ethics Round Rounds and apply in both in-person and virtual contexts.

Columbia University prohibits any form of harassment, be it sexual, physical, or verbal ad in-person or online. Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, sustained disruption, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Harassment should be reported immediately to an Ethics Grand Round staff in person (if in the immediate vicinity), by email to, or by calling or texting 917-532-3090. For immediate response to a dangerous situation call Public Safety at 212-305-7979 (Medical Center) or 212-854-5555 (Morningside Campus). Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to removal from the meeting without refund, to notifying the appropriate authorities at Columbia University (including the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action for Discrimination, Harassment & Gender-Based Misconduct complaints (212­-854-­5511) and/or with Public Safety at 212­-854-­5555)


Ethics Grand Rounds requires clear disclosures (including a statement on slide or poster presentations) from all presenters regarding any financial holdings, funding sources, or affiliations that might raise questions of bias or be perceived to have potentially influenced presentation content. Grand Rounds organizers expect that all speakers, organizers, and moderators are committed to full, forthright, and transparent disclosure of any potential conflicts of interest. The organizers have not prescribed an exhaustive list of potential conflicts; rather, we ask presenters to make a good faith effort to identify any issues that might reasonably be expected to raise conflict-of-interest questions.


Ethics Grand Rounds aims to encourage presentation of the latest findings by protecting researchers sharing unpublished information and protecting patient privacy. By default, attendees are prohibited from taking photos, videos, or audio recordings of speakers presenting their slides or posters as per the guidelines below. Presenters are requested to announce at the beginning of their presentation whether or not photos, recording and/or sharing of their presentation on social media are permitted during or following their presentation. 

Grand Rounds attendees and participants are encouraged to participate in social media activities about the conference by using the hashtag #Columbiaethics.  Discussion of general topics, speakers, and presentations is permitted as a way to briefly summarize or highlight material and the conference in general within the following guidelines:

  • Taking photos, videos or audiotapes of slides, posters, presenters, or questions and answers are not permitted without explicit permission by the presenter
  • Copyright and other intellectual property laws must be followed
  • Brief quotes from sessions may be shared unless the speaker explicitly asks that it not be shared (presenters are strongly encouraged to give or withhold permission at the beginning of their session)
  • Social media posts cannot imply any kind of endorsement by the Columbia Ethics