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Interdisciplinary Team Teaching

The core curriculum is taught by interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams.  The teaching faculty are from both clinical and humanities disciplines at the University of Rochester. The core curriculum is taught by healthcare providers in medicine, nursing, and other allied health fields from the Medical Center and the Department of Health Humanities & Bioethics, and by scholars in humanities from departments of Arts, Sciences and Engineering and faculty from other healthcare and academic institutions in Rochester and the surrounding area.

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Primary Faculty

Susan Daiss, M.A., M.Div

Susan Daiss, M.A., M.Div
Senior Associate
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics
Research Interest - Visual arts and healthcare education; visual arts, spirituality and patient care; thanatology in the visual arts.
Mentorships:  Medical Humanities Interest Group faculty mentor, The Reflector faculty mentor

Richard Dees, Ph.D.

Richard Dees, Ph.D.
Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics 
Research Interest- Transplant ethics; neuroethics; and public health ethics.

Alexander Larsen, M.A., Ph.D.

Alexander Larsen, M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics 
Research Interest - Literature and medicine; biopolitics in historical and contemporary contexts; history of the life sciences; critical theory and medicine; nineteenth-century American culture.
Mentorships:  Murmur faculty mentor, Medical Humanities Interest Group faculty mentor

Marie-Patricia Luck, M.B.Ch.B.

Patricia Luck, M.B.Ch.B.
Program Director, MS Medical Humanities.
Assistant Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics 
Research Interest - Understanding intersectionality within health care; exploring the transitional spaces of our lives; mindfulness in medicine; touch, presence and intimacy in the clinical encounter; cross-cultural narratives; health justice.
Mentorships:  The Reflector faculty mentor, Mindfulness Interest Group faculty mentor

Nicholas R. Mercado, Dr PH, MPHNicholas R. Mercado, Dr PH, MPH
Assistant Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics
Mentorships:  Science of Compassion in Medicine (SCIM) faculty mentor

Christopher Mooney, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Christopher Mooney, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics 
Research Interest - Health promotion; healthy aging; frailty; psychological determinants of health; medical education assessment; program evaluation

Bryanna Moore, Ph.D.

Bryanna Moore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics 
Research Interest - Pediatric ethics, end of life issues, virtue ethics, moral psychology, and community healthcare

Natercia Rodrigues, M.D.

Natercia Rodrigues, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor
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Department: Family Medicine and Health Humanities & Bioethics 
Research Interest - Medical narrative, the family response to illness, communication with patients and families, visual arts, and the application of the humanities into the exam room
Mentorships:  Progress Notes faculty mentor

Marjorie Shaw, J.D., Ph.D.

Marjorie Shaw, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics 
Research Interest - Law and ethics in clinical decision-making, including the rights and interests of the patient, family, professions, state, and federal government; ethics of engagement; and legal and ethics education in the clinical professions.
Mentorships:  Medical Humanities Interest Group faculty mentor