James Dwyer

James F Dwyer, PhD

James Dwyer, PhD, is Professor of Bioethics and Humanities. He teaches required ethics courses in both the preclinical and clinical years. He also teaches elective courses on physicians and social responsibility, and he supervises the Nightingale scholars in the third year.

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.

His written work focuses on broad issues about social justice, ethical responsibility, and ethics education. His writings have appeared in Academic Medicine, Bioethics, Hastings Center Report, Public Health Ethics, and other journals. He always tries to make his intellectual work of practical value, and his practical work of intellectual interest.

Dr. Dwyer, who serves on the Ethics Consult Service, may be reached at 315.464.8455 or at dwyerja@upstate.edu.

Selected Publications

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Dwyer J. and Faber-Langendoen K. Speaking up: an ethical action exercise. Academic Medicine. 2018; 93(4):602-605External Link Icon.

Dwyer J. On taking responsibility for undocumented migrants. Public Health Ethics. 2015;8(2):139-147External Link Icon

Dwyer J. The Gaia commission: climate change and moral responsibility. Bioéthique Online. 2014.11.25, 1-5.PDF Icon

Dwyer J. On flying to ethics conferences: Climate change and moral responsiveness. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. 2013;6(1): 1-18. External Link Icon

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

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

Dwyer J, Tsai D. Developing the duty to treat: HIV, SARS, and the next epidemic. Journal of Medical Ethics. 2008;34:7-10. External Link Icon

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

Dwyer J. Global health and justice. Bioethics. 2005;19:460-475. External Link Icon

Dwyer J. Part of my liver. Transplantation. 2003;76:1266-1267. 

Dwyer J. Babel, justice, and democracy: reflections on a shortage of interpreters at a public hospital. Hastings Center Report. 2001;31(2):31-36. External Link Icon

Dwyer J. Medicine and the arts: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Academic Medicine. 1999;74:804-805. Reprinted in Ten Years of Medicine and the Arts.

Dwyer J. Primum non tacere: an ethics of speaking up. Hastings Center Report. 1994;24(1):13-18.External Link Icon