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Rachel Fabi


Rachel Fabi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at Upstate Medical University. She earned her doctorate in Bioethics and Health Policy from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Fabi also serves as a member of SUNY Upstate University Hospitals Ethics Consultation Service and as a faculty research affiliate of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University. She is the 2019-2021 National Academy of Medicine Greenwall Fellow in Bioethics.

Dr. Fabi co-directs the Responsible Conduct of Scientific Research course in the College of Graduate Studies. She also directs Physicians and Social Responsibility II for MS2 students and teaches in the Patients to Populations: Ethics, Law and Population Health course for MS1 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 and refugees. Her other research interests include state and federal health policy; medical-legal partnerships; reproductive justice; and organ donation and allocation.

Dr. Fabi may be reached at 315.464.1807 or at fabir@upstate.edu

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Fabi, R., Serwer, D,..& Rubenstein, L. (2020). Determining the Number of Refugees to Be Resettled in the United States: An Ethical and Policy Analysis of Policy-Level Stakeholder Views. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, Apr, 1-15.

Messing, AJ., Fabi, R.., & Rosen, JD. (2020). Reproductive Injustice at the US Border. Am J Public Health, e1-e6. (Epub ahead of print).

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.