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Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics

The University of Rochester established the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics in 2015 to advance bioethical training and education throughout the region; help professionals, patients and families make bioethical decisions; and enhance community understanding of bioethical issues. Housed at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Schyve Center for Bioethics unites programs across the entire university. It is directed by Dr. Timothy Quill, who is Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry Medical Humanities-Nursing, and the former Director of the URMC Palliative Care Program.

Dr. Paul M SchyveDr. Paul M. Schyve, a Rochester native, credits his education at the University of Rochester as playing an important formative role in his professional career. He ascribes his interest in bioethics as being sparked by the teachings of John Romano, MD, founding chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He then became increasingly interested in the ethics of health care in 1986, when he joined The Joint Commission and developed accreditation standards related to clinical, research, and organizational ethics. He ultimately became senior advisor for Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission before his retirement in 2016.

A steadfast supporter of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Schyve made a visionary gift in 2014 to endow the new Center for Bioethics at the university, providing enduring support to the study and practice of bioethics in clinical care, the health delivery system, and life sciences research. His thoughtful commitment builds upon a lifetime dedicated to improving patient care and promoting human dignity, creating a legacy at the university that will touch countless lives across generations of patients.

Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics Summer Medical Student Fellowships

Rizk Jones Poster SessionThe Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics is soliciting applications for the summer medical student fellowships for 2019. This 8-week experience will allow up to  2 selected medical students to focus on the development of education materials to teach medical trainees how to better understand and respond when patients express bias or to study other relevant bioethical issues. The students will work with a team of faculty members and will have the opportunity to develop a poster for a URMC annual poster and scholarship for publication.

The 2018 Paul M. Schyve Summer Medical Student Fellows Nina Rizk, MS2 and Shaunpaul Jones, MS2 present their research poster "Forum Theater: A Teaching Tool for Creating Appropriate Responses to the Racist Patient" at the 2018 Medical Student Poster Session.

For additional information, please contactDr. linda Chaudron ,MD, MS Acting Director, Schyve Center.

Annual Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics Lecture

The University of Rochester Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics established an annual lecture in 2017. The lecture seeks to bring national and internationally recognized scholars to the university to speak about critical issues in bioethics. The inaugural lecture was given by Gregg Mitman, PhD, MA, BSc of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The 2nd annual lecture was given by Paul Menzel, PhD of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma Washington and this years lecture was by Kimberly Johnson, MD from Duke focusing on Health Care Disparities experienced in African American Patients.

Schyve Center Leadership Committee members

Linda H. Chaudron, MD, MS Acting Director, Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics

Vice President for Inclusion and Culture 
Senior Associate Dean for Inclusion and Culture 
Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Timothy E. Quill, MD
Georgia and Thomas Gosnell Distinguished Professor in Palliative Care
Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, and Nursing

Marianne C. Chiafery, MS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD
Director, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Associate Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Carl T D'Angio, MD
Professor of Pediatrics-Neonatology, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Richard H. Dees, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Richard A. Demme, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine-Nephrology, and Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Joan S. Rubin, PhD
Dexter Perkins Professor in History

Margie H. Shaw, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Links of Interest

Palliative Care

Humanities Center

Medical Humanities and Bioethics