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Caruso Brown tapped as interim chair of Bioethics and Humanities

Amy Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, MSCS, has been named interim chair of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, effective Sept. 1. The appointment was announced by Lawrence Chin, MD, dean of the College of Medicine.

Caruso Brown succeeds Kathy Faber-Langendoen, MD, the Medical Alumni Endowed Professor of Bioethics, who steps down from the post after founding the Center and serving as chair since 2000. She remains on the faculty.

The Center for Bioethics and Humanities, a department of the College of Medicine, advances the scholarly and professional understanding of bioethics, law and health humanities and promotes health care and health policy that is patient centered, compassionate, and just. The Healing Muse is a literary arts journal published by the Center each year.

“I want to acknowledge the outstanding leadership of Dr. Faber-Langendoen,” Chin said. “Under her leadership, this department has grown in importance and helped us all have a greater knowledge of bioethics and medical humanities and their bearing on our profession.

“In Dr. Amy Caruso Brown, we have found a physician-leader who is at the cutting-edge of our work in this area,” Chin said.  “While she continues her work in patient care and our Ethics Consultation Service, she remains involved in researching key issues of the day, including her work in health equity and medical education. We are grateful she can lead us in this area.”

Caruso Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia (2002), a medical degree from Emory University (2008), a master’s degree in medical anthropology from the University of Oxford (2008), and a master’s degree in clinical science from the University of Colorado (2014). She completed residency training in general pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (2008-2009) and the University of Colorado (2009-2011) and fellowship training in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Colorado (2011-2014). She is board-certified in general pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology and is also certified in healthcare ethics consultation (HEC-C).

Caruso Brown is the co-director of Patients to Populations, a required course in health systems science for first-year medical students and serves on the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee. Nationally, she is the co-chair of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Pediatric Ethics Affinity Group and a member of the Children’s Oncology Group’s Bioethics Steering Committee. Her scholarship in pediatric ethics and health equity has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, Pediatrics, and the American Journal of Bioethics, among others.

Caruso Brown joined the Upstate faculty in 2014.