Ethics funded lectureships

Also known as: Allen M. Boyden Memorial Lectureship, Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., Visiting Scholar, Goldman-Berland Lecturship in Palliative Medicine
The Allen M. Boyden Memorial Lectureship

Allen M. Boyden, M.D., was a well-respected and world-renown leader in local and national arenas who worked as a surgeon at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for 48 years.  One of his greatest attributes as a physician and surgeon was his ability to find wholeness in the doctor-patient relationship.

The Allen M. Boyden Memorial Lectureship promotes wholeness and excellence in patient care; provides a forum in which to explore aspects of medicine and the humanities that will enrich and challenge physicians in the pursuit of fineness, human values and ethics; and gives a context in which alternative, but parallel, fields of creative endeavor can elucidate approaches that physicians can apply.

This lectureship brings to Providence St. Vincent experts whose ideas are inherent to the definition of integration. The lecturer need not be directly associated with the field of medicine but is committed to the basic tenets of the doctor-patient relationship – trust, empathy, faith, sincerity, honesty, love and sorrow – do not change regardless of how society or government views health care.

The Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., Visiting Scholar Lectureship

The Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., Visiting Scholar lectureship is named for the retired director of critical care medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center by his friends and colleagues.  Long-recognized for his inspiration in the creation of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics, Dr. Holzgang has been a key advisor since the inception of the center.

As director of critical care medicine and associate director of the Department of Medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Dr. Holzgang believed in the value of the intensive care unit as a place for medical residents to hone their skills in ethical decision-making. He worked to provide meaningful rotations for his residents within the hospital’s intensive and coronary care units, enhancing their understanding and ability to use ethical principles in the practice of medicine.

Established in 2002, the Holzgang Visiting Scholar is a nationally known figure invited by the center to speak on various issues of ethics in health care. The program is named for Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., retired director of critical care medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, in recognition by his friends and colleagues of his inspiration in ethics education, especially to the internal medicine residents working in critical care, as well as his leadership role in establishing Providence Center for Health Care Ethics.

Past scholars and topics for the public lecture include:

Abdulaziz Sachedina, Ph.D., University of Virginia, “Religion and Medicine: Muslim Insight on Wellness and Healthcare”

Richard Payne, M.D., Duke University, “Dying Black, Brown and White: Responding to Disparities in End-of-Life Care”

Nuala Kenny, M.D., Dalhousie University, “Health Care in the US and Canada: Divergent Values and Common Challenges”

Sandra Johnson, J.D., L.L.M., from St. Louis University, “Should the Law Define Medical Futility”

The Goldman-Berland Lecturer in Palliative Medicine

Established in 2006, the Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine honors two Providence St. Vincent Medical Center physicians, Robert Goldman, M.D., and John Berland, M.D.  These physicians have been recognized for their outstanding whole-person patient care and for being advocates and innovators in palliative care. Dr. Goldman was a medical oncologist who helped initiate the home hospice program at Providence in the 1970s.  Dr. Berland, a recently retired general internist, has a passionate interest in palliative care and is interested in educating clinicians to provide excellent care for patients with advanced chronic, life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

The lectureship is a funded program of the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics.  The center was established in 2000 and contributes to excellence in health care by providing ethics education, consultation, research and scholarship.  The center also supports palliative care by coordinating palliative care efforts throughout the Oregon region of Providence Health & Services and by sponsoring educational opportunities in palliative care, such as a palliative-care elective for Providence internal medicine and family medicine residents.

The Goldman-Berland Lecturer is a clinician recognized nationally for excellence in palliative and end-of-life care.  Previous Goldman-Berland scholars and Medical Grand Rounds topics include:

2007 - Steven Pantilat, M.D., FACP, founding director of the Palliative Care Service at University of California San Francisco Medical Center, and professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine.  Palliative Care:  What It Offers Patients and Clinicians.

2008 - Ira Byock, M.D., director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, chair of palliative medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in Lebanon, New Hampshire.  What Are Doctors For?  The Physician-Patient Relationship Through the End of Life

2009 - Judith Nelson, M.D., JD, associate director of the ICU at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and professor of medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical School of Medicine, New York City.  Palliative Care in the ICU: Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do

2010 - Kathleen Puntillo, RN, DNS, FAAN, professor emeritus of nursing and research scientist at University of California San Francisco. The Epidemic of Procedural Pain in Acute and Critical Care

2011 - Mary Hicks, MSN, APN-BC, board certified primary care and palliative care nurse practitioner at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI and Elizabeth DiStefano, RN, BSN, Palliative Care Coordinator for St. John Providence Health System in Detroit, MI.  How Palliative Care Transformed Our Hospital: Lessons from Detroit



Providence Center for Health Care Ethics was established in 2000 to serve the ethics consultation, education and scholarship needs of Providence Health & Services in Oregon.