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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 Division of Medical 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.


Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD

Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Research Interests: History of medicine and science; literature and medicine; the role of humanities in medical education; understanding differences and diversity in healthcare.

Marianne ChiaferyMarianne Chiafery, DNP, PNP-C, MS
Assistant Professor
Research Interests:  Moral distress among nurses and other health care providers, pediatrics, impact of cultural and religious beliefs on treatment decisions, nursing and medical student ethics education

Susan Dodge Peters Daiss, MASusan Dodge Peters Daiss, MA, M.Div
Senior Associate
Research Interests: Visual arts and healthcare education; visual arts, spirituality and patient care; thanatology in the visual arts.

Richard Dees, PhDRichard Dees, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Transplant ethics; neuroethics; and public health ethics.

Richard Demme, MDRichard Demme, MD
Associate Professor
Research Interests: Ethical issues in transplantation; transplantation issues in movies; ethical issues at the end of life; history of research ethics; history of medicine; functions of hospital ethics committees.

Erik LarsenErik Larsen, MA, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Literature and medicine; biopolitics in historical and contemporary contexts; history of the life sciences; critical theory and medicine; nineteenth-century American culture.

Patricia LuckPatricia Luck, MBChB, MPhil PallMed, MSc MedHum​
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 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.

Christopher Mooney, PhD, MPHChristopher Mooney, PhD, MPH
Instructor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics and Public Health Sciences
Research Interests: Health promotion; healthy aging; frailty; psychological determinants of health; medical education assessment; program evaluation

Margie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhDMargie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhD
Associate Professor
Research Interests: 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.

Bernard Sussman, MDBernard Sussman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Research Interests: Ethics of end of life decision making, narrative ethics, palliative care, surrogate decision making in end of life medical care

Guest Lecturers

Carl T. D'Angio, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Neonatology) and Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Marcia Buckley, NP, MSN
​Palliative Care

Chin-To Fong, MD
Professor, Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Biophysics, and Medical Humanities & Bioethics

John T. Hansen, PhD
Professor, Neuroscience
Associate Dean for Admissions, School of Medicine & Dentistry

Christopher Hoolihan, MLS
Librarian, Miner Library, URMC

Nicholas Jospe, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

David C. Kaufman, MD
Professor, Surgery (Thoracic) and Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Kathy Lechner, RN
Palliative Care

Darcey Mulligan, MLIS
Liaison Librarian, Institute for Innovative Education: Miner Library

Allen Orr, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology, University of Rochester

Dorinda Outram, PhD
Professor, Department of History, University of Rochester

James Perkins, MS, MFA, CMI
Associate Professor, Medical Illustration
Rochester Institute of Technology

Timothy E. Quill, MD
Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care
Professor, Medicine (Palliative Care) and Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Marilyn Rosen
Professional Story Teller
Retired Research Library, Miner Library, URMC

Jessica C. Shand, MD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology)

Kelly Unsworth, MS, CCRC, CIP
Office of Human Subject Protection

Veronica Weider
Director, Creative Wellness Opportunities
Mental Health Association

Gina Zanolli, Instructor
Visual and Performing Arts
Monroe Community College

Brandon Zimmerman
Graduate Student
Photographic Preservation and Collections Management
University of Rochester and George Eastman Museum