I am pleased to announce that Patrick T. Smith, Ph.D., will be the recipient of the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics.

Dr. Smith is Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics; and Senior Fellow of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Along with his appointment at the Divinity School, he is also associate faculty with the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Gilbert Meilaender of the Paul Ramsey Award Nominating Committee said of Dr. Smith’s selection for the 2019 Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics:

Trained both as a philosopher and as a theologian within the black Baptist tradition, Patrick Smith integrates both kinds of expertise in a way that Paul Ramsey would surely have appreciated. Focusing especially on end-of-life issues and hospice care, Patrick has helped us reflect upon issues that are of academic importance but also reach well beyond the academy. They touch all our lives.

I hope that you will plan to join us for the 2019 Ramsey Award dinner on April 27!

Bestowing the Paul Ramsey Award is only one aspect of the important work of our Paul Ramsey Institute (PRI), a training program preparing and equipping the next generation of leaders. Already, PRI alumni have received tenure track positions at schools and universities throughout the United States as well as a Rhodes Scholarship. Several are publishing in prestigious journals and publications throughout the world.

In fact, this summer, the journal Christian Bioethics published a special issue on the work and legacy of Paul Ramsey. It featured articles by one of our PRI Scholars, two of our PRI alums, and our 2019 Ramsey Award recipient, Dr. Smith.

I am so thankful for the success this important project has seen so far, and I know its best days are ahead, thanks to the generous support of people like you.

My request to you today, then, is this: would you give toward the furthering of our Paul Ramsey Institute? While grants support part of this work, the CBC funds a substantial portion of this work directly.

Please give as generously as you are able. This is truly some of the most important work we do.

Thank you!


P.S. Please give toward the important work of the Paul Ramsey Institute today!

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Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
Jennifer Lahl, CBC Founder
Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.