Florida Bioethics Network (FBN)

The Florida Bioethics Network (FBN) is dedicated to the understanding and resolution of ethical and legal problems arising in health care and research in Florida's hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, managed care organizations and teaching institutions. The FBN can help with a variety of health care organization ethics education needs.

The FBN can assist you with an educational activity tailored to your institution’s particular needs.  These activities may include lectures for your staff or the community, workshops for your ethics committee, CME and CNE programs, and conferences.

  • Developing and Running a Hospital Ethics Committee
  • Taking Patient Rights Seriously:  The Value of a Comprehensive Patient’s Rights Program
  • Effective Clinical Committee Consultations: Avoiding the Common Mistakes
  • Reviving the Non-Functioning Ethics Committee
  • Advance Directives: Avoiding the Problems
  • Privacy and Confidentiality – Making Practical Sense of HIPAA
  • Using Social Worker Proxies for Medical Decisions
  • The Recurring Ethical Problems Surrounding Withdrawal of Life-sustaining Treatment
  • Effectively Addressing Gender and Ethnicity Issues in the Healthcare Setting
  • Medical Futility:  When Patients and Families insist on Medical Procedures that Do Not Work
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Lessons from the Schiavo Case


The FBN maintains a speakers bureau able to address a wide variety of topics in bioethics and health law. For assistance with conferences, workshops or presentations and for more information about possible topics, advice on developing an educational program, speaker availability and costs of educational activities please call or e-mail:  

Kenneth W. Goodman, PhD.
Director, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy
Director, FBN
P.O. Box 016960 (M825)
Miami, FL 33101


For further information please contact Ken Goodman at 305-243-5723 or FBN@med.miami.edu.