Ethics Funded Lectureships

The Allen M. Boyden, MD Memorial Lectureship


Allen M. Boyden, MD 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 holistic approaches to and excellence in patient care. It 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. The lectureship gives a context in which alternative, but parallel fields of creative endeavor illuminate approaches that practitioners can apply.

This lectureship brings to Providence Health & Services 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 – which do not change regardless of how society or government view health care.

The Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine


Established in 2006, the Goldman-Berland Lectureship in Palliative Medicine honors two exemplary role models in palliative care, Robert Goldman, MD and John Berland, MD.

These physicians have been recognized by devoted patients and colleagues 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 Providence Home Hospice Program in the 1970s. Dr. Berland, a retired general internist, remains passionate about palliative care and physician education. His aspiration is that every Providence clinician knows how to provide exceptional care for patients with advanced chronic, life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

The Goldman-Berland scholar is a clinician recognized nationally for excellence in palliative and end-of-life care.

The Curtis R. Holzgang, MD, MACP Visiting Scholar Lectureship


Established in 2002, the Curtis R. Holzgang, MD, MACP Visiting Scholar lectureship honors an exemplary role model in medical ethics.

The Visiting Scholar lectureship is a program of Providence Center for Health Care Ethics named for Dr. Holzgang, emeritus faculty, Internal Medicine Residency at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. During his tenure as director of critical care medicine, Dr. Holzgang was an inspiration in ethics education, especially for internal medicine residents and nurses working in critical care. He is a master teacher who instructs by example and instills enthusiasm for bedside rounds and a deep appreciation for the caregiver-patient relationship. The Oregon Chapter of the ACP recognized Dr. Holzgang with the 2010 Laureate Award for his devotion to, and modeling of, the highest ideals of doctoring.

Dr. Holzgang was instrumental in establishing Providence Center for Health Care Ethics in 2000. The center is a recognized leader in advancing the role and value of ethics in health care. It contributes to excellence by providing ethics education to all health disciplines, consultation across the continuum of care, and research and scholarship on key ethical issues.