Linda Chaudron, MD, MS
Director, Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics
Professor, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Clinical Nursing, School of Nursing
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 Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics unites programs across the entire university.
History of the Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics
Dr. 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.
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