Center for Bioethics and Humanities 618 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 464-5404

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About CBH

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities is a department of SUNY Upstate's College of Medicine. While housed in the College of Medicine, we serve all four colleges of SUNY Upstate (Health Professions, Nursing, Graduate Studies, and Medicine) and University Hospital. Our faculty hold primary appointments in the College of Medicine; our scholarly backgrounds include medicine, philosophy, law, literature, and the social sciences.

Founded by Kathy Faber-Langendoen in 2000, the Center brought together the Program in Medical Humanities (led by Robert Daly), the Program in Bioethics, and humanities scholars from the College of Health Professions. The Center is funded in part by a generous endowment from the SUNY Upstate Medical Alumni Association. The Center was formally granted departmental status in 2006.

Our mission is to advance the scholarly and professional understanding of bioethics and the medical humanities, and thereby promote clinical health care and health policy that is patient-centered, compassionate, and just. Like other clinical departments in medical schools, we do this in three major ways:

  • Education: we teach courses, seminars, workshops for students, residents, and clinicians in practice
  • Scholarly Work: we carry out and publish a wide range of scholarly work, ranging from original research to our literary journal, The Healing Muse
  • Clinical Services: we provide ethics consultation services for patients, families, clinicians, and administrators for University Hospital and its outpatient facilities

In addition, we are increasingly involved analyzing and offering recommendations regarding health care policy and legislation, working to achieve our mission of more compassionate and just health care in the public arena.

We can be found at 618 Irving Avenue, located at the intersection of Irving and Adams Street. Come visit us!

What's New. . .

The Healing Muse

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The twelfth volume of The Healing Muse, SUNY Upstate's journal of literary and visual arts published annually by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities is now available for sale. We provide a forum for artistic approaches to the body, illness, and medicine by publishing the voices and perspectives of people with illness and disability, health care practitioners, and caregivers.

We accept submissions of creative work (fiction, narrartives, essays, poems, visual art) from September 1 to May 1 each year; the journal is published in October. Submission and order information is available at

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Center faculty teach required ethics courses, in all four colleges of SUNY Upstate. We also offer a variety of electives.

Spring 2013 Consortium for Culture and Medicine electives:

Center Seminars

Center Seminars will resume in January 2013.

Center Seminars webpage > >

Literature & Medicine

The literature and medicine program of the Center encompasses courses, workshops, writing awards, and The Healing Muse, the Center's journal of literary and visual art. For further information on the Center's lit and med program, email Deirdre Neilen, PhD, or Rebecca Garden, PhD.

Links of Interest

The following are just a few of the many other Internet resources on bioethics and the medical humanities. These links will take you off Upstate's website. To return to SUNY Upstate, you will need to use your back button.

American Medical Association External link

American Society of Bioethics & Humanities External link

Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University External link

Ethics Institute, Dartmouth College External link

*EthicShare - free tool for online research in bioethics External link

Georgetown University - Kennedy Institute of Ethics External link

Georgetown University ETHXWeb Boolean Search External link

Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics External link

Loyola University Chicago - Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy External link

Medical Resources - External link

National Institute of Health-Bioethics Resources on the Web External link

New York State Task Force on Life and the Law External link

New York University Medical Humanities External link

Project Biocultures, is a web-based forum for research, conferences, and intellectual exchange among the medical sciences, social sciences, area studies, culture studies, biotechnology, disability studies, and the humanities. External link

University of Buffalo Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care External link

University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Division of Medical Humanities, Health Law & Ethics External link

University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics External link

University of Minnesota Teaching Ethics for Research, Scholarship and Practice External link

University of Pennsylvania Center for Bioethics External link

Several other academic medical centers have literature and medicine journals similar to SUNY Upstate's The Healing Muse.

*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement of the website or the accuracy of the content therein.

Upcoming Events

The Healing Muse:

Submissions accepted annually September 1 through May 1.