The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities promotes the exchange of ideas and fosters multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and inter-professional scholarship, research, teaching, policy development, professional development and collegiality among people engaged in clinical and academic bioethics and the medical humanities.

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Annual Meeting

ASBH 17th Annual Meeting
October 22-25, 2015
Houston, TX


  • If you are a current ASBH member or would like to join ASBH to register at the member rate, click here. Meeting registration will be discounted to member rate upon checkout.

  • If you would like to renew your current membership and register for the meeting, please contact Member Services at 847-375-4745.
    If you prefer to renew online, follow these 2 steps:
    1. Click here to renew your membership. You'll then need to wait 24 hours for this to go into effect.
    2. Click here to register the next day. Meeting registration will be discounted to member rate upon checkout.

  • If you wish to register as a non-member, click here and choose the third bullet point that reads "I would like to create a new account." You need to establish an account as the first step fo the non-member registration process.

  • If you prefer to register with the registration form, you can mail or fax it to the ASBH office.


Download the ASBH conference app or use the mobile website to decide which paper, panel, workshop, and poster presentations to attend, and build your own schedule in advance.

To download the app:

  1. Go to the App Store, Google Play Store, or the Amazon App Store. Search for "EventPilot" and select EventPilot Conference App.

  2. Download the app.

  3. When prompted for the event code, enter ASBH15. (The code is not case sensitive.)

  4. Click to open the ASBH app.

This handy 1-page list of tips and tricks will help you navigate the app and conference website. The conference brochure is also available.

Hotel Information

The hotel is temporarily sold out for Wednesday and Saturday nights. You may want to make reservations now for Thursday and Friday nights, and check back later for an update.


Hilton Americas-Houston

ASBH has secured a limited number of sleeping rooms at a discounted rate that will expire September 21, 2015 or when the ASBH room block has been filled. After that time, higher rates may apply.

Rate: $189 single/double
Check-In: 3 pm; Check-Out: 12 pm
Cutoff Date: September 21, 2015

Phone Reservations: 800-236-2905
Online Reservations: CLICK HERE

Airline Information

William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
7800 Airport Blvd.
Houston, TX 77061

George Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
2800 N. Terminal Rd.
Houston, TX 77032

united offers special meeting discounts for attendees for this meeting. You may book online at and enter your Offer Code ZTJ9138633 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights. If booking through a travel professional or United Meetings at 800-426-1122, please give them the following information: Agreement Code 138633 and Z Code ZTIJ9.

United proudly offers a variety of convenient and comfortable services to all of their customers.

Ground Transportation

Taxi to Hilton Americas               Distance           Drive Time            Avg. Cab Fare
From Hobby Airport (HOU)             10 miles            15 minutes             $27 each way
From Intercontinental (IAH)           20 miles            25 minutes             $56 each way

SuperShuttle offers a $2 discount to and from the airport. To receive the discounted rate, you must make reservations online.


ASBH is committed to ensuring that its annual meeting is accessible to persons with disabilities and that we meet and exceed all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to make this indication on their meeting registration form well in advance of the meeting. We want to welcome you as best we can and, the more notice you give us, the better we will be able to accommodate you so that you have a safe and enjoyable experience. Please contact Kay Granath at 847-375-4764 for assistance.

The Hilton-Americas offers a wide variety of features and services, including complimentary shuttle service to the many accessible restaurants and attractions in the area. All METRORail vehicles are also ADA compatible. If you prefer a cab, just let the Yellow Cab representative at 713-236-1111 know that you need one that is wheelchair accessible. You may also want to download the HAIL A CAB Houston app and, under the "Vehicle" option, select "wheelchair accessible."


Become a partner to reach more than 1,000 healthcare professionals, educators, consultants, and others who have an interest in the field of clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities. As shown in the floor plan, booth size is 10' x 10' and includes one table and two chairs. The rate is $950 for the first space and $500 for each additional space.

  • Recruit new students and faculty
  • Reconnect with alumni
  • Promote published works in the field of bioethics
  • Generate new business opportunities

Space is limited and the exhibit hall will sell out. Don't delay, reserve your booth today!

Interested in support of advertising opportunities? View the supporter information and application, along with the Program Guide Advertising form. Have any additional questions? Contact Chris Schroll, ASBH Sales Manager, (847) 375-3661, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it        

The Big Heart

Houston earned the nickname "The Big Heart" after Hurricane Katrina, when the city housed, fed, and mended more than 150,000 survivors. Houston hums with energy and independent spirit, a cosmopolitan city of diverse ethnic groups with a strong emphasis on the arts and fine cuisine. The ASBH headquarters hotel, the Hilton Americas-Houston, is ideally located in the heart of this fascinating city, within strolling distance of many restaurants and attractions.

          Wortham Theater Center, home of the Houston Ballet and Houston Grand Opera

The Houston Theater District is home to nine major performing arts organizations and six performans halls, making it the second-largest concentration of theater seats in a downtown area in the United States. The Theater District is a 17-block area in the center of downtown Houston that is home to many restaurants, entertainment complexes, and more. 1 mile from the Hilton Americas-Houston, the Theater District offers many opportunities to see both local and professional shows of all varieties.

Houston Medical Centers

Houston Museum District

Houston Theater District

Parks and Gardens

Award Winning Restaurants

2015 Program Committee

Terry Rosell, PhD DMin
Center for Practical Bioethics

Mark Clark, PhD
Arizona State University

Anne Simpson, MD CMD
Univeristy of New Mexico

Helen Chapple, MA MSN PhD RN
Creighton University

Martin Kohn, PhD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Board Liaisons

Felicia Cohn, PhD, MA
Kaiser Permanente, Orange County

Amy Haddad, PhD, RN
Creighton University Medical Center

Career Path

All ASBH Annual Meetings

2014 Annual Meeting Program Book

Annual Meeting Session Recordings