Consortium Ethics Program


About the CEP

Established in 1990, the Consortium Ethics Program (CEP) is a collaborative effort of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Bioethics and Health Law. The CEP is the premier regional health care ethics education network in western Pennsylvania serving the surrounding tri-state area. We have provided continuing education for nurses, physicians, social workers, and others from participating health care institutions in the language, methods, and literature of health care ethics. We have members from all areas of health care including: adult and pediatric hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-care providers, third-party insurers, as well as individual members.


History of the CEP

The CEP began as a pilot program for 12 acute-care hospitals in 1990 with a generous grant from the Vira I. Heinz Endowment. Since 1996, the program has been self-sufficient and is currently supported by member institutions and co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine. Current membership consists of 24 institutions, including adult and pediatric hospitals, long-term care facilities, home-care providers, and one of the area’s largest health plans. For over 25 years, the CEP has provided high quality ethics education and kept up-to-date on the continually evolving field of health care ethics.


Goals of the CEP

The CEP provides a cost-effective approach to assist health care professionals, their institutions, and the local health care community in developing and sustaining an awareness and expertise in clinical health care ethics. Weaccomplish this by:

  • Educating designated representatives to become ethics resource persons within their institution. These representatives are typically from an institution’s ethics committee or have an interest in health care ethics.
  • Assisting these representatives in designing and implementing an ethics plan to meet the specific needs of their institution, including support for Magnet recognition.

CEP Faculty



CEP In the News

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August 2011

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July 2011

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May 2010

"Consortium Ethics Program: Educating Leaders in Health Care"

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“Consortium Ethics Program: A Jumpstart to Clinical Ethics Education”

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"Consortium Ethics Program Directed at Serious Business”

Western Pennsylvania Hospital News, April 2009


Robert Arnold, MD

Professor of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh


Sister Thea Krause, MSN, PhD

Ethicist/Nurse Practitioner

James E. Van Zandt Medical Center

Judith Black, MD, MHA

Medical Director of Senior Products

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield


Valarie Blake, JD, MA

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Duquesne University


Bruce Bryce, BA, MDiv, DMin

Retired Pastor

Private Practice


Elizabeth Chaitin, MSW, MA, DHCE

Director of Quality and Ethics

UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute


Ellen DeBenedetti, MEd


Ellen DeBenedetti Mediations


Gregory Dober, MA

Healthcare Ethics Advocate

Private Practice


Justin Engleka, MSN, CRNP, MBA, ACHPN

Hospice and Palliative Care Manager

Allegheny Health Network Allegheny General Hospital


Stephen Farrelly-Jackson, PhD

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Allegheny College


Maryanne Fello, RN, BSN, MEd


WPAHS Forbes Hospice


Gary Fischer, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh


Lucy Fischer, PhD

Professor of English and Film Studies

University of Pittsburgh


A. Michael Gianantonio, Esq.


Archinaco Bracken LLC


Peter D. Giglione, Esq


The Massa Law Group


Daniel E. Hall, MD, MDiv, MHSc

Assistant Professor of Surgery

UPMC Presbyterian


Rhonda Gay Hartman, JD


Duquesne University Law School


Randy Hebert, MD, MPH

Medical Director

WPAHS Forbes Hospice

Kathryn Jackson Lanz, DPN

Director of Education and Professional Development

UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute


Alex John London, PhD

Director, The Center for Ethics and Policy

Carnegie Mellon University


Martha Mannix, JD

Clinical Associate Professor of Law

University of Pittsburgh


Cynthia McCarthy, DHCE

Independent Consultant

Consortium Ethics Program


Ferdinando Mirarchi, DO

Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine

UPMC Hamot


Kate Molchan, JD, MA

PhD Student in Healthcare Ethics

Duquesne University


David Orenstein, MD

Antonio J. & Janet Palumbo Professor of Cystic Fibrosis

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC


Sydelle Pearl, MLS

Author, Storyteller, Songwriter

Private Practice


Lois Pizzi, MSN, RN-BC

Inpatient Acute/Chronic Paing Management Coordinator

UPMC Shadyside


Valerie Satkoske, MSW, PhD

Director of Ethics

Wheeling Hospital


Stella Smetanka, JD

Clinical Professor of Law

University of Pittsburgh


Denise Stahl, RN, MSN, BC-PCM

Executive Director

UPMC Palliative and Supportive Institute


Alan Steinberg, JD


Horty, Springer & Mattern, PC


Sarah Stockey, DHCE(c)

Clinical Ethics Fellow/Supervisor

Duquesne University


Chaton Turner, Esq

Associate Counsel



Jyotsna Vasudev, PhD


Heritage Valley Health System

Claire Horner, Esq


Horner Law Firm, PC


Aviva Katz, MD, MA

Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Director, Consortium Ethics Program



Douglas White, MD, MAS

UPMC Endowed Chair of Ethics in Critical Care Medicine
Director, Program on Ethics & Decision Making in Critical Illness

University of Pittsburgh


David Korman, JD

Program Manager, Special Projects

PA/MidAtlantic AIDS Education Training Center

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health




Mark Wicclair, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh


John Welch, MDiv

Vice President for Student Service &

Dean of Students

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary


Rebecca S. Zukowski, PhD

Associate Academic Dean

Mount Aloysius College


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Last updated: January 14, 2015