The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994, is now the Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine. Our new name honors the 2003 testimentary gift bestowed by Edna Romanell, while reflecting a focus on bioethics in today's complex health care concerns. As a multi-disciplinary center with a long tradition of coordinating academic activities, the Center is poised to expand collaborative research and experience-based learning at UB to better serve the communities of Western New York, Southern Ontario, and beyond.
Timothy J. Madigan, Ph.D, is Professor and Chair of Philosophy
at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and the founder
of its Irish Studies Program. Madigan’s areas of interest
include Medical Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of
Religion, and Popular Culture and Philosophy. He is the President
of the Bertrand Russell Society and the former President of the
Northeast Popular Culture Association. Madigan was the first editor
of the Romanell Center’s “Bioethics Bulletin.”
Jack Freer M.D. is a clinical professor of Medicine at the
University at Buffalo, and the co-director of the Romanell
Center. He is the course coordinator of IDM 701, the required
medical students' clinical ethics course. He organized and chairs
the Romanell Clinical and Research Ethics Seminar. His interests
include a wide range of clinical ethics issues, particularly those
related to surrogate decisionmaking.
Catherine Nolan defended her dissertation, The Ethics and
Metaphysics of Vital Organ Donation, at SUNY Buffalo in 2015.
She is presently an affiliate associate professor at the University
of Dallas. She is interested in questions at the intersection of
metaphysics and bioethics. Her dissertation focused on the
definition of death and the impossibility of diagnosing it with
certainty in time to explant vital organs, concluding that it is
more practical to attempt to avoid causing death than to diagnose
Harvey Berman is a pharmacologist responsible for teaching
Doctors of Pharmacy (PharmD) and of Medicine (MD) in the Jacobs
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. His teaching and
research interests are in adverse drug interactions,
pharmacogenomics, ethics of drug clinical trials, pain palliation
and geriatric pharmacology.
David Hershenov, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at the
University at Buffalo and the co-director of the Romanell Center.
His earlier research was focused upon issues at the intersection of
personal identity and bioethics. His more recent research interests
are in the philosophy of medicine.
As an undergraduate, Barry Smith studied mathematics and
philosophy at the University of Oxford, before earning his Ph.D.
from the University of Manchester in 1976. Currently, he holds the
position of Julian Park Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and
Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Computer Science, and
Neurology at the University of Buffalo in New York.