Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics
The Paul M. Schyve, MD Center for Bioethics serves to promote three central aims throughout the region: to advance bioethical training, education, and research; to help professionals, patients, and families think through ethically complicated decisions they face; and to enhance community understanding of bioethical issues. This mission builds on the Biopsychosocial Model to address contemporary ethical issues in healthcare and to develop innovative responses to ethical concerns and challenges.
About the Center
Our interdisciplinary and interprofessional leadership team encourages connections and collaborations across campuses and throughout the region.
At the home of the biopsychosocial model, we understand the importance of values and relationships at the individual, group, and institutional level.
Core and affiliate faculty teach across the learning continuum and conduct research and scholarship on a wide variety of bioethical issues.
Lilia Shen and Caleb Obregón
Bioethics Research for Care of the Whole Patient.
Paul M. Schyve, MD
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.
Shaw Festival 2022
The Paul M. Schyve Center for Bioethics and Department of Health Humanities & Bioethics sponsored a trip to the Shaw Festival to watch a contemporary version of The Doctor’s Dilemma!
Though written more than a century ago, George Bernard Shaw’s play remains a relevant way to explore the moral dilemmas created by limited medical resources, and the conflict between medicine as a business and vocation.
We enjoyed a lively moderated after show discussion with an actor, Alexis Gordon who plays Jennifer Dubedat and the Assistant Director, Christopher Manousos.
Our moderators were Dr. Richard Demme, Professor Emeritus, (formerly Director of Clinical Bioethics, Chair of the Strong Memorial Ethics Committee, and co-Chair Coronavirus Ethics Response Group) and Richard Dees, Professor of Philosophy and Health Humanities & Bioethics and Director, Program in Bioethics.