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James Dwyer

dwyer_webcopy.jpgJames Dwyer, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. He earned a doctorate in philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Dwyer is the course director for Bioethics at the Bedside, and a lecturer in Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues in Medicine.  He also teaches sessions on public health ethics in a required course for MPH students. Each year, he offers an elective course: Global Health Discussion Group, Social Responsibility and Medical Activism, or Individual Studies in Bioethics.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Dwyer serves on Ethics Consultation Service at University Hospital. He is also a board member of the International Association of Bioethics and coordinates its Environmental Bioethics Network.

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

He received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach in Taiwan in 2011-2012.

Dr. Dwyer may be reached at 315.464.5404 or at

Selected Publications

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Dwyer J. Primum non tacere: an ethics of speaking up. Hastings Center Report. 1994 Jan-Feb;24(1):13-8. Reprinted in The Social Medicine Reader, 2nd ed. Vol. 1. 2005.

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