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James Dwyer

dwyer_webcopy.jpgJames Dwyer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Public Health and serves on the Ethics Consultation Service. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Dwyer teaches in the course on Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Medicine and in the course on Clinical Bioethics. With Dr. Faber-Langendoen, he has developed and teaches two electives on Physicians and Social Responsibility. He also teaches public health ethics in a required course for MPH students.

In addition to teaching at Upstate Medical University, Dr. Dwyer often lectures and teaches abroad. In recent years, he has lectured in Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, Pakistan, and Taiwan. In 2011-2012, he received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach at the College of Medicine at National Taiwan University. Dr. Dwyer is a board member of the international Association of Bioethcs and coordinates its Environmental Bioethics Network.

His research focuses on broad issues about social justice, ethical responsibility, and ethics education. His recent work addresses ethical concerns about global health, health inequalities, environmental sustainability, migration, and social change. His writings have appeared in the Hastings Center Report, Bioethics, Academic Medicine, and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Dwyer may be reached at 315.464.8455 or at

Selected Publications

Dwyer J. On flying to ethics conferences: climate change and moral responsiveness. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. 2013;6(1): 1-18. (pdf. PDF document))

Dwyer J. Case study: the disasters of March 11th. Hastings Center Report. 2012;42(4):11-12. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. Teaching global health ethics. In Global Health Ethics, edited by S. Benatar and G. Brock (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011): 319-328.

Dwyer J. How to connect bioethics and environmental ethics: health, sustainability, and justice. Bioethics. 2009;23(9):497-502. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. When the discharge plan is deportation: immigrants, hospitals, and social responsibility. Bioethics. 2009;23(3):ii-iv. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. The century of biology: three views. Sustainability Science. 2008;3(2):283-285. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J, Tsai D.  Developing the duty to treat: HIV, SARS, and the next epidemic. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2008;34:7-10. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. What's wrong with the global migration of health care professionals? Individual rights and international justice. Hastings Center Report. 2007 Sep-Oct;37(5):36-43. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. Case study: what should the dean do? Hastings Center Report. 2006 Jul-Aug;36(4):14; discussion 14-6. Reprinted in Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 7th ed. 2007. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. Global health and justice. Bioethics. 2005;19(5-6):460-75. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. Illegal immigrants, health care, and social responsibility. Hastings Center Report. 2004 Jan-Feb;34(1):34-41. Reprinted in Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine, 7th ed. 2007. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. Part of my liver. Transplantation. 2003 Oct 27;76(8):1266-7. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. Setting limits, enhancing democracy. Hastings Center Report. 2003;33(3):47-48. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. One world: the ethics of globalization. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2003;81:147. (pdf. PDF document)

Dwyer J. 9-11: experiences and reflections. Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics. 2002;12:53-57. (pdf. PDF document)

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