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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.

Clayton Baker, MDClayton Baker, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Research Interests: Literature and Medicine and its role in medical education; the application of narrative medicine skills to medical history taking; the role of humor in medical practice; teaching critical thinking skills in medical education.

Marianne ChiaferyMarianne Chiafery, 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
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.

Margie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhDMargie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhD
Assistant 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

Michael Brennan, FNP
St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center, Rochester, NY

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

Linda Edwards, PhD
Adjunct Professor, Women & Gender Studies, St. John Fisher College

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

Sara Hart
Instructor, Creative Workshop
Memorial Art Gallery

Christopher Hoolihan, MLS
Librarian, Miner Library, URMC

Patrick Hopkins, DNP, C-PNP, NNP
Assistant Professor Clinical, School of Nursing
Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics

Nicholas Jospe, MD
Professor, Pediatrics (Endocrinology)

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

David R. Kornak, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology and Anatomy

Rae-Ellen Kavey, MD, MPH
Seminar Instructor, Medical Humanities & Bioethics

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

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

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)

Renee van der Vennet, PhD
Associate Professor of Art Therapy
Director of Graduate Art Therapy Program
Nazareth College