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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.


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.

Richard Dees, Ph.D.

Richard Dees, Ph.D.


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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.

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.

Nicholas R. Mercado, Dr PH, MPHNicholas R. Mercado, Dr PH, MPH

Assistant Professor

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Department: Health Humanities and Bioethics

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

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

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.