In the winter semester 2004-2005, the Executive Board of the University Hospital established a clinical ethics committee (CEC). This is an interdisciplinary advisory board, which is available as an interprofessional discussion forum for conflicts in ethical decision-making that arise in everyday clinical practice. The problem areas include limiting treatment at the end of life, informed consent, prenatal diagnosis and abortion. The CEC serves as a contact for both employees of the university hospital as well as patients and their families. The hospital board appoints the members of the CEC from areas of medicine, nursing, counseling, administration, law and medical ethics for a period of three years. CEC meetings are usually held twice per semester.

Tasks of the Clinical Ethics Committee
1. Clinical ethics consultation

The main tasks of the CEC include the clinical ethics consultation in individual cases. For this purpose, the work group "ethics consultation" is always available for acute queries from the hospital. The aim of the ethics consultation is to support decision making in difficult situations. Flyers Clinical ethics consultation

2. Development of guidelines

If there are ethical issues that repeatedly arise, the CEC may formulate guidelines upon request.

3. Training

The CEC conducts educational courses on ethical issues in medicine and healthcare.


Members of the Clinical Ethics Committee
  • Mrs. U. Basener-Roszak; MScN (Director of Nursing University Hospital Tübingen)
  • Prof. Dr. P. Beckert (Department of General-, Visceral and Transplantation Surgery)
  • Mrs. S. Braun (Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
  • Rev. F. Bresch (Evangelical Hospital Chaplaincy)
  • Prof. Dr. G. Eschweiler (Geriatric Center)
  • Prof. Dr. L. Kanz (Department of Internal Medicine II)
  • Dr. R.-T. Kiefer (Anesthesiology and Intensive Care)
  • Mrs. H. Mayer (Pediatric Intensive Care, Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine II)
  • Mrs. A. Müller-Czisch (Intensive Care Medical Clinic)
  • Deacon K.-D. Pape (Catholic Health Care Chaplaincy)
  • Prof . Dr. Ch. Poets (Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine)
  • Prof. Dr. G. Sandberger (Faculty of Law)
  • Prof. Dr. M. Schuhmann (Department of Neurosurgery)
  • Mrs. G. Sonntag (Administration of the University Hospital)
  • Prof. Dr. Matthis Synofzik (Department of Neurology)
  • Mr. K. Tischler, Diploma in BA (Health Care Director University Hospital Tübingen)
  • Mrs G. Weise (Intensive Care, Department of Neurology)
  • Prof. Dr. U. Wiesing (Institute for Ethics and History of Medicine)


Chairman: Prof. Dr. Ch. Poets

Vice-chairman: Prof. Dr. U. Wiesing

Managing director: Dr. R. Ranisch


Members of the work group "Ethics Consultation" of the Clinical Ethics Committee:
  • Pfr. F. Bresch
  • Dr. H.-J. Ehni
  • A. Müller-Czisch
  • Prof. Dr. Ch. Poets
  • Dr. R. Ranisch
  • Past. Ref. B. Schubert
  • G. Weise
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. U. Wiesing


What does clinical ethics consultation mean?

The potential of modern medicine is increasingly giving rise to ethical questions that concern all those involved in care and treatment. However, there is a general consensus that not everything that medicine is able to achieve should actually be implemented: In other words, the morally right thing does not result from what is technically possible. Rather, the focus lies on the question as to what measures are best for the patients concerned. Common issues concern limiting treatment at the end of life, informed consent for patients who are unable to provide it, or abortion after prenatal diagnosis. The task of the clinical ethics consultation is to provide support in everyday clinical decision-making processes in concrete ethical conflict situations. The members of the work group "ethics consultation" are available to give consultations. They moderate case discussions on site and assist in making ethically sound decisions for those involved. The final decision and the responsibility associated with it remains in the hands of the attending physician or nursing staff. All ethics consultations are strictly confidential.


Who can request an ethics consultation?
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Patients
  • Family members
  • Other employees of the University Hospital Tübingen


How can I request an ethics consultation?

Please send your request through the secretary of the Institute for Ethics and the History of Medicine to the work group "Ethics Consultation":

Tel 07071 / 29-78016 or 78015 or 78031

E-mail: robert.ranisch [at]

Please send us an e-mail if we cannot be reached by phone, and we will call you back as soon as possible! Please leave your telephone number where you can be reached.


Dr. Robert Ranisch
Institute for the Ethics and History of Medicine
Gartenstraße 47
72074 Tübingen, Germany
Phone: 07071/29-78031
Mobile: 0163-3654588
Fax: 07071/29-5190
E-Mail: robert.ranisch [at]