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Our Mission


To be the leading center for studying how Islamic values and Muslim identity engage with contemporary healthcare and biomedicine.


Instilling hikmah in healthcare through scholarship that draws insights from clinicians, patients, chaplains, religious scholars, and policy makers


  • Empower Muslim clinicians, chaplains, religious leaders, patients and communities with data-driven, theologically-appropriate, and research-tested intellectual resources to engage with contemporary healthcare
  • Advance health and healthcare equity, as well as workforce diversity and inclusion, by mobilizing research data towards the development of tailored and targeted health interventions and policies


  • Conducting multidisciplinary normative, empirical, sociological and discourse research that describes that ethical problem-spaces and generates educational and policy solutions.
  • Teaching and consulting on issues related to Islamic Bioethics, Muslim community health research, culturally-responsive healthcare design, and religious accommodations in health policy.

Impact Report

Thank You For Making Islamic Bioethics Matter.

From providers in clinical practice to patients and families making difficult choices for themselves and loved ones, your support helps thousands each year. We take pride in the values you advance though the accomplishments described in the report.

Personal. Professional. Policy

The Initiative on Islam & Medicine (II&M), founded in 1984, is a Kansas City-based nonprofit nationally recognized for its work in practical bioethics. On the PERSONAL level, we provide guidance to patients, families and clinicians grappling with hard choices. On the PROFESSIONAL/EDUCATIONAL level, we teach bioethics to medical students, clinicians and lay leaders. On the POLICY level, we address ethical issues by bringing diverse groups together to work collaboratively, recommend guidelines and policies, develop programs and disseminate thousands of free resources.

“Practical” is what distinguishes the Center from nearly all other bioethics centers across the country. Most are based in academic institutions and focus primarily on theoretical issues. The Center applies bioethics to the lived experiences of patients, providers and policymakers throughout the region and nation.

The Center’s work encompasses three broad areas:

Ethics Education & Consultation

  • Providing ethics leadership, education, mentoring and consultation for Kansas University Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System
  • Providing bioethics instruction within Kansas City University (KCU) curriculum
  • Managing the Ethics Committee Consortium
  • To collaborate with those who commit to civil discourse
  • Developing clinical ethics services in hospitals and health systems and serving on hospital ethics committees throughout the region
  • Presenting professional and community-based educational programs (e.g., lectures, symposia, webinars)
  • Responding to consumers and policymakers facing ethical dilemmas who request guidance directly from the Center

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning builds on the Center’s pioneering legacy work in serious illness and end-of-life care, with focus on increasing participation in advance care planning in minority communities and though employee benefit programs.

Systems Change

Systems Change responds to contemporary issues in healthcare that raise ethical concerns and need for systems change. Current focus is on ethics of COVID-19, artificial intelligence in healthcare, population health and civic engagement, and providing a voice in research and treatment for people who live in chronic pain.

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