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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 Consultation Service, may be reached at 315.464.8455 or at [email protected].

Selected Publications

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Dwyer J, Sambath V.  Power, pollution, and ethicsIndian Journal of Medical Ethics.  2019; 4(3):203-206

Dwyer J.  Environmental justice. ethics, and public health.  In Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, edited by A Mastroianni, J Kahn, and N Kass.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2019: 728-738.

Dwyer J.  Haiku, spiritual exercises, and bioethics.  Canadian Journal of Bioethics.  2018; 1(2):44-47.

Dwyer J. and Faber-Langendoen K.  Speaking up: an ethical action exerciseAcademic Medicine.  2018; 93(4):602-605.

Dwyer J.  On taking responsibility for undocumented migrantsPublic Health Ethics.  2015;8(2):139-147.

Dwyer J.  The Gaia commission: climate change and moral responsibilityBioéthique Online.  2014.11.25; 3/18:1-5.

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

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

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

Dwyer J.  The century of biology: three views.  Sustainability Science.  2008;3(2):283-285.

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

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.

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

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.