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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.

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Primary Faculty

Stephanie Brown Clark, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephanie Brown Clark, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Department: Medical Humanities and Bioethics 

Research Interest - History of medicine and science; literature and medicine; the role of humanities in medical education; understanding differences and diversity in healthcare.

Marianne Chiafery, DNP, PNP-C, M.S.

Marianne Chiafery, DNP, PNP-C, M.S.

Associate Professor

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Department: Medical Humanities and Bioethics 

Research Interest - 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 Daiss, M.A., M.Div

Susan Daiss, M.A., M.Div

Senior Associate

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Department: Medical 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.

Professor

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Department: Medical Humanities and Bioethics 

Research Interest- Transplant ethics; neuroethics; and public health ethics.

Richard Demme, M.D.

Richard Demme, M.D.

Associate Professor

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Department: Medical Humanities and Bioethics 

Research Interest- 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.

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

Alexander Larsen, M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Department: Medical 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.

Marie-Patricia Luck, M.B.Ch.B.

Assistant Professor

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Department: Medical 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.

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

Christopher Mooney, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Instructor

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Department: Medical 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.

Senior Instructor

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Department: Family Medicine 

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: Medical 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.

Bernard Sussman, M.D.

Bernard Sussman, M.D.

Clinical Professor

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Department: Medical Humanities and Bioethics 

Research Interest - Ethics of end of life decision making, narrative ethics, palliative care, surrogate decision making in end of life medical care