Medical ethics professor Larry R. Churchill to address Medicare crisis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Larry R. Churchill, co-director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will examine the factors that must be addressed as America confronts the Medicare crisis in the 21st century during a lecture Sept. 13 at Flynn Auditorium in the Vanderbilt Law School.

The 7 p.m. event is sponsored by the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions and the Vanderbilt Center for Ethics.

Churchill’s lecture, “How We Fixed Medicare: A 2020 Retrospective,” will assess the challenges facing Medicare, noting they cannot be solved by addressing health care delivery and economic systems alone. He believes they demand an analysis that encompasses legal, theological, social and cultural changes that must accompany an effective response to the impending crisis.

Churchill is the Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and has secondary appointments in the Graduate Department of Religion, Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Department of Philosophy.

Churchill has been published widely in the area of social justice and the ethics of U.S. health policy, including the books Rationing Health Care in America (University of Notre Dame Press, 1987), Self-Interest and Universal Health Care (Harvard University Press, 1994) and Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy (Oxford University Press, 2002). His work in this area was the basis for his election in 1991 to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions is a university program dedicated to the discussion and promotion of moral values relevant to the professional schools and the practice of the professions. The program seeks to foster an environment conducive to faculty research and teaching in areas associated with moral leadership and develop students’ abilities to provide moral leadership within their chosen profession and the broader community.

Cal Turner Jr. endowed the program in 1994 in the name of his father, Cal Turner, co-founder of Dollar General Corp. and a Vanderbilt Board of Trust member.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking for the lecture is available in spaces 93-640 in the Terrace Place Garage on Terrace Place between 20th Avenue South and 21st Avenue South.

For more information about the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions, visit

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