Robert W. Daly

Robert W. Daly, M.D.Robert W. Daly, MD, is Professor Emeritus of Bioethics and Humanities and Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry. He was a practitioner of clinical psychiatry for forty years and is currently an honorary member of the staff of University Hospital.

Dr. Daly was the first chair of the University Hospital Ethics Committee and of its Ethics Consultation Service. In 1978, he co-founded the Consortium for the Cultural Foundations of Medicine - now called the Consortium for Culture and Medicine. He was a founder of the Institute for Ethics in Health Care, a community-based organization he led from 1995-2004. From 1999- 2012, he served as an examiner for doctoral dissertations in philosophy and the social sciences at Syracuse University.

Dr. Daly has been a Visiting Scholar in philosophy at the University of Cambridge (King's College) and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has lectured in Europe, China, and throughout the United States. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the Onondaga County Medical Society (2002), the SUNY Research Foundation's Chancellor's Award for the Social Sciences and Humanities (2002), the Sol Feinstone Alumni Award for Humanitarian Service from St. Lawrence University (2004), and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Le Moyne College (2007). Dr. Daly has been an editorial consultant for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Literature and Medicine, and Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology; he has also served as a consultant to the National Center for the Humanities.

His current research examines the conceptual foundations of psychiatry and selected topics in psychoanalysis and ethics. His writings have appeared in Philosophy and Medicine, Literature and Medicine, HEC Forum, Nutrition, Psychiatry, the Psychoanalytic Review, and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

His poems have appeared in The Healing Muse and other publications.

Dr. Daly may be reached at 315.446.6748 and at

Selected Publications

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Daly RW. "Before depression: the medieval vice of acedia."External Link Icon Psychiatry. 2007 Spring;70(1):30-51.

Daly R. "On democratic personalities."External Link Icon Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce. 2005;33(1):79-94.

Daly RW. "Medical imperialism in the Congo?External Link Icon "Nutrition. 1999 Nov-Dec;15(11-12):936-7.

Daly RW. "When others must choose: deciding for patients without capacity. The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.External Link Icon" [review] HEC Forum. 1993 Mar;5(2):100-7.

Daly RW. "A theory of madness.External Link Icon" Psychiatry. 1991 Nov;54(4):368-85.

Daly R, Rabuzzi KA, editors. "The Cultures of MedicineExternal Link Icon." Literature and Medicine, Vol. 8. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Daly R. "The physician as moral agentExternal Link Icon." Philosophical Medical Ethics: Its Nature and Significance. Holland: Springer, 1977. 234-40.

Daly RW. "Schizoid rule-following.External Link Icon" Psychoanal Rev. 1968;55(3):400-14.

Daly RW. "Values: A view from the clinic."External Link Icon Journal of Religion and Health. 1967 April;6(2):126-36.

Daly RW. "Psychiatry in the deep southExternal Link Icon." Am J Psychiatry. 1964 May;120:1050-5. Anthologized in Yearbook of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosugery, 1964-65. McKay, Wartin and Sugar (eds.). Chicago: Yearbook Medical Publishers, Inc. 1965, 278-79.