Talk by James Walter "Healthcare Reform in the United States: Five Ethical Elephants in the Room?"

Oct 31st, 3-4:30 pm: University Hall 1000
Moderator: Hawley Almstedt, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Sciences


This talk will provide an overview of the healthcare reform act, offer statistics on the status of health in the United States, comparing it with other nations, and then present five ethical issues left out of recent health care reform debate.


James J. Walter, Ph.D., holds the Austin & Ann O'Malley Chair in Bioethics at Loyola Marymount University. He received his PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and then he completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Bioethics at Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. Currently, he serves as a clinical bioethicist at the three medical centers and a hospice facility belonging to the Citrus Valley Health Partners in Covina, CA (Citrus Valley Medical Center, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, and Citrus Valley Hospice). He was the founding Director (2000-04) and then Chair (2004-09) of The Bioethics Institute and the founding Chair of The International Forum for Catholic Bioethicists, which met annually from 2003-2008 outside Brussels, Belgium.