Deirdre Neilen

Deirdre C Neilen, PhDDeirdre Neilen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and Editor-in-Chief of Bioethics in Brief, and The Healing Muse, Upstate's journal of literary and visual arts. She received her doctorate in literature from Syracuse University.

Dr. Neilen is a lecturer and small group instructor for medical students in Excellence in Care and for nursing and health professions students in Health Care Ethics. She teaches medical creative writing workshops and Medicine in Literature and Film offered through the Consortium for Culture and Medicine.

Dr. Neilen also chairs the Bruce Dearing Writing Awards Committee. She received the President's Award for Excellence in Affirmative Action (2000) for her service to the Minority Medical Students Academic Achievement Program, and received the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching (1991).

Her research and publishing interests include cultural diversity in health care, attitudes toward and treatment of patients with sickle cell anemia, patient narratives in contemporary literature, and creative writing. Her scholarly and creative writings have appeared in The Examined Life Journal, Blood & Thunder, Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, World Literature Today, Academic Medicine, American Way, New Letters, and Northeast Magazine.

Dr. Neilen may be reached at 315.464.5404 or at

Selected Publications

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Neilen D. Special Delivery. The Examined Life JournalExternal Icon (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine). Fall 2013.;3(1):13-24.

Neilen D. Informed Consent: An On-Going Conversation. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 2013;3(1):E10-2PDF Icon.

Neilen D. Interpersonal Relationships: The Hospital. Book chapter. In: Colt H, Quadrelli S, and Friedman L, editors. The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies. New York: Oxford University Press; 2011. 163-6.External Icon

Neilen D. An Interview with Deirdre Neilen. Seminary Ridge Review. Spring 2011;13(2): 113-18PDF Icon.

Neilen D. Lighthouse by Kay Ryan. Commentary. Academic Medicine. 2011;86(12):1557PDF Icon.

Neilen D. Family Planning. (story) Out of Time. In: Longmire S, editor. Garden House Press. 2007. 72-9.

Neilen D. Oncologist Lost by B. A. St. Andrews. Commentary. Acad Med. 2006;81(10):902-3PDF Icon.

Neilen D. Mourning. (review) Tar River PoetryExternal Icon. 2005 Fall.

Neilen D. Kitchen Dancing. (story) Paper Street PressExternal Icon. 2005 Fall.

Neilen D. Mona Van Duyn. (review) In: Serafin S, editor. Encyclopedia for American Literature.External Icon New York: Continuum; 1999. 1174.

Neilen D. The Repairman. (short story) Liguorian MagazineExternal Icon, 1999 Sep:31-3.

Neilen D. Telling My Father. (short story) In: S. Martz, editor. At Our Core: Women Writing About PowerExternal Icon. Papier-Mache Press. 1998. 129-34.

Neilen D. The Story Man. (short story) American Way. 1993;26(6):88-91.

Neilen D. Call It Nineveh. (short story) New LettersExternal Icon, 1989 Winter;55(6):113-31.