Dr. William S. Silvers Holocaust, Genocide, and Contemporary Bioethics Lectureship

Annual Lectureship on Holocaust, Genocide, and Contemporary Bioethics 

The IU School of Medicine and IU Center for Bioethics are pleased to host theDr. William S. Silvers Holocaust, Genocide, and Contemporary Bioethics Lectureship.  The Silvers lectureship addresses bioethical issues raised by the Holocaust and other cases of genocide.  Funding for this lectureship was provided by Dr. Silvers, a graduate of IU School of Medicine and a faculty member for over 30 years at University of Colorado School of Medicine.  

The purpose of the Silvers Lectureship is to offer space annually for physicians and other community leaders to consider the impact of their work and apply the ethical lessons of the Holocaust. The lectureship strives to focus healthcare workers on the morality of their actions and to ground contemporary conflicts in the lessons of history.

The program each year will bring in a visiting scholar to provide a lecture at IU School of Medicine and lead a community event. This year, the visiting professor will be Sabine Hildebrandt, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Lecturer in Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She is an anatomy educator and conducts research on the history and ethics of anatomy, specifically the history of anatomy in National Socialist Germany.

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Dr. Silvers completed his education at Indiana University School of Medicine in 1974, and has served on the faculty at the University of Colorado for more than thirty years. During his tenure, he has received numerous awards for his excellence in teaching and clinical care. The IU School of Medicine thanks Dr. Silvers for his vision in creating this lectureship and its benefit to the Indiana University community.

Recent Events

  1. Lecture Presentation: “How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics”

Speaker: Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH; Director for the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado

Time: 2PM – 3PM EST

  1. Panel Discussion: “Challenges and Opportunities in Teaching the Legacy of the Holocaust to Health Professions Students”

Time: 3PM – 5:30PM EST


Richard Horton, FRCP, FMedSci

Tessa Chelouche, MD

Patricia Heberer-Rice, PhD

Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD

Sabine Hildebrandt, MD

Rebecca Brendel, MD, JD

Mark Levine, MD


Register for these events here.


Past Lectures

January 27th, 2020

Nazi Anatomy: Restoration of the Victims' Biographies 

Dr. Sabine Hildebrandt 

May 16th, 2019

How Healers Became Killers: Nazi Doctors and Modern Medical Ethics

Dr. Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP