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About the Hospital Ethics Committee


To request any of the services described below or for more information, please call our Coordinator at 919-843-1470.

flowersThe UNC Hospitals Ethics Committee (HEC), a standing medical committee, is an advisory body with a broad, multidisciplinary membership. The HEC and the clinical ethics services it supports aim to assist patients and their families, clinicians, and other hospital staff in addressing the ethical challenges that arise in patient care at the bedside and at the departmental or institutional level. 

The Committee offers the following services: 

  • Clinical Consultation: Assists health care providers, patients and families in dealing with ethical questions related to hospitalization and treatment. Click here for more information.
  • Ethics Education: Supplements and develops the clinical ethics education of the medical staff, other hospital personnel, and students, and offers outreach in ethics education to the community and the people of North Carolina. Click here for more information.
  • Policy Advisement and Review: Assists with formulation of policies and/or guidelines addressing ethical issues. This service is available for the revision or development of institutional, departmental or service-related policies.


Arlene Davis, JD 
Director of Clinical Consultation
Co-Director of Ethics Education 

Gary Gala, MD, F.A.C.S.

Rebecca Walker, PhD
Co-Director of Ethics Education


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