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Robert S. Olick

/bioethics/images/olick_webcopy.jpgRobert S. Olick, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities. He earned his law degree at Duke University and his doctorate in philosophy and bioethics at Georgetown University and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.  Before joining the Center in 2001, he taught in the College of Medicine and the College of Law at the University of Iowa, and served as Executive Director of the New Jersey Bioethics Commission where he was involved in the crafting of public policy on a range of bioethical issues.

Dr. Olick chairs the University Hospital Ethics Committee and serves on its Ethics Consultation Service. He is Managing Editor of the Center's Bioethics in Brief newsletter.

Dr. Olick directs the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medicine (ELSIM) component of the Practice of Medicine course, required for all first-year medical students.  He also teaches third-year medical students in Clinical Bioethics. He has taught courses on medical professionalism, research ethics, bioethics and the law, genetics and the law, and decisions near the end-of-life. He has taught Genetics, Disability, and the Law, and Bioethics and the Law for the Consortium for Culture and Medicine.

His research interests include end-of-life decision-making, the physician-patient relationship, informed consent, the limits of confidentiality, genomic medicine, reprogenetics, genetic discrimination, and the relationship between genetics and research including persons with intellectual disability.  He is the author of Taking Advance Directives Seriously: Prospective Autonomy and Decisions Near the End of Life (Georgetown Univ. Press, 2001, 2004) and the co-author (with Robert Weir) of The Stored Tissue Issue: Biomedical Research, Ethics, and Law in the Era of Molecular Genetics (Oxford Univ. Press, 2004). 

Dr. Olick may be reached at 315.464.8453 or at olickr@upstate.edu.

Books

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Olick RS. Taking Advance Directives Seriously: Prospective Autonomy and Decisions Near the End of Life. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2001, paperback edition, 2004.

Weir R, Olick RS. The Stored Tissue Issue: Biomedical Research, Ethics, and Law in the Era of Genomic Medicine. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Other Selected Publications

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Olick RS. "In Re Karen Quilan (1976): Establishing a Patient's Right to Die in Dignity," Courting Justice: Ten New Jersey Cases That Shook the Nation, (Rutgers University Press 2013). Edited by Paul L. Tractenberg.

Olick RS, Lack P, et al. (eds.) "On the Scope and Limits of Advance Directives and Prospective Autonomy," Advance Directives, International Library of Ethics, Law, and The New Medicine 54, DOI. (Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014)

Olick RS, “Defining Features of Advance Directives in Law and Clinical Practice,” Chest 141(1) (Jan. 2012):232-238.

Olick RS, Potash J, Braun E. “Accommodating Religious and Moral Objections to Neurological Death," PDF document Journal of Clinical Ethics (Summer, 2009):185-191.

Olick RS, “Rationing the Flu Vaccine," PDF document Journal of Public Health Management and Practice 11(4) (July-Aug., 2005):373-374.

Olick RS, “Carcinogenic Plumes and Aerophobia: Ethical Tensions in the Public Smoking Debate,” PDF documentJournal of Public Health Management and Practice 10(6) (Nov.-Dec., 2004):573-74.

Olick RS.  Ethics, epidemics, and the duty to treat. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2004 Jul-Aug;10(4):366-7.

Olick RS, Bergus GR. Malpractice liability for informal consultations. Fam Med. 2003 Jul-Aug;35(7):476-81.

Olick RS. It's ethical, but is it legal? Teaching ethics and law in the medical school curriculum. Anat Rec. 2001 Feb;265(1):5-9.

Olick RS. Disclosing genetic information to family members. Do old paradigms fit the new medicine? N J Med. 2000 Jan;97(1):43-6.

Olick RS. Ethics consultation and the law: what’s the standard of care? In: Rubin SB, Zoloth L, editors. Margin of Error: The Ethics of Mistakes in the Practice of Medicine. Hagerstown, MD: University Publishing Group; 2000. 287-304.

Olick RS. Genes in the workplace: new frontiers for ADA law, policy and research. In: Blanck PD, editor. Employment, Disability, and the Americans With Disabilities Act: Issues in Law, Public Policy and Research. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press; 2000. 285-314.

Olick RS, Kimura R, Kielstein JT, Hayashi H, Riedel M, Siegler M. Advance care planning and the ALS patient: A cross cultural perspective on advance directives. Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik [Annual Review of Law and Ethics]. 1996;4:529-52.

Olick RS. Brain death, religious freedom, and public policy: New Jersey's landmark legislative initiative. Kennedy Inst Ethics J. 1991 Dec;1(4):275-92.


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