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Rachel Fabi


Rachel Fabi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities and holds a joint appointment in Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Upstate Medical University. She earned her doctorate in Bioethics and Health Policy from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public and Health.

Dr. Fabi teaches Public Health Policy in the Central New York MPH program, and also teaches in the Patients to Populations: Ethics, Law and Population Health and the Physicians and Social Responsibility courses for medical students.

Dr. Fabi works at the intersection of bioethics and public health policy. Her research focuses on access to health care for non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants facand refugees. Her other research interests include state and federal health policy; racial and geographic disparities in access to and quality of health care; informed consent for medical research; and organ and bone marrow donation and allocation policies.

Dr. Fabi's current cv.

Selected Publications:

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Fabi, R., Taylor, H. (2019). Prenatal Care for Undocumented Immigrants: Professional Norms, Ethical Tensions, & Practical Workarounds. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 47, 398-408.

Fabi, R. (2019). Why Physicians Should Advocate for Undocumented Immigrants’ Unimpeded Access to Prenatal Care. AMA Journal of Ethics, 21(1), e93-99. 

Fabi, R. ( 2019). Public Health in the Context of Migration: Ethics Issues Related to Immigrants and Refugees. In The Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics, Kahn, J., Kass, N., Mastroianni, A. (eds). Oxford University Press.

Switzer, G. E., Macis, M., Fabi, R., Abress, L., Confer, D., Bruce, J., ... & Dew, M. A. (2018). Providing Level-of-Match Information to Perfectly Matched Unrelated Stem Cell Donors: Evaluating Acceptability and Potential Changes in Donor AvailabilityBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. (available online)

Wherry, L. R., Fabi, R., Schickedanz, A., & Saloner, B. (2017). State And Federal Coverage For Pregnant Immigrants: Prenatal Care Increased, No Change Detected For Infant Health. Health Affairs, 36(4), 607-615.

Fabi, R., & Saloner, B. (2016). Covering Undocumented Immigrants — State Innovation in California. New England Journal of Medicine, 375(20), 1913-1915.

Fabi, R. (2016). “Respect for Persons,” Not “Respect for Citizens”American Journal of Bioethics 16(10), 69-70.

Kass, N., Faden, R., Fabi, R., Morain, S., Hallez, K., Whicher, D., . . . Pitcavage, J. (2016). Alternative consent models for comparative effectiveness studies: Views of patients from two institutions. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 7(2), 92-105.