Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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     John Osborn MD

     Ethics & Treaty Project, coordinator

John is a physician and conservationist.  Through his “From Bedside to Streamside” work in ethics, he has encouraged the adaptation of ethical conflicts-resolving models from patient care to those involving humans and nature.  

In 1985 Dr. Osborn worked with ethicist Johnny Cox to develop the ethics training program for resident physicians at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.  In 1991 he was asked by Spokane VA Medical Center leadership to establish the ethics consultation program.  In 1997 along with ethics consultant Rose Mary Volbrecht, he co-founded the Regional Ethics Network of Eastern Washington (RENEW) that wrote and piloted Washington State’s Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). 

Along with The Rev. Tom Soeldner, Dr. Osborn coordinates the Ethics & Treaty Project for the Center for Environmental Law & Policy and Sierra Club.  He is working to advance suicide prevention for Veterans, youth, and indigenous communities serving on the boards of the QPR Institute and the #LiveWilder Foundation. Dr. Osborn is also the newly appointed coordinator for the Medical Reserve Corps serving Vashon Island.