Linda Bily, MA
Linda Bily is the director of patient advocacy and community outreach for Cancer Services at Stony Brook. She coordinates all non-clinical services for patients, including support groups, physical activities and financial counseling. Her collaboration with community partners provides comforting amenities such as hot lunches, inspirational artwork, wigs, manicures and holiday food baskets. More recently she has spearheaded the creation of the GATE (Guest Artists to Empower) program, an arts-in-medicine program offered to oncology patients on the inpatient units. Linda has been published in msJAMA, Cochrane Collaboration, Extraordinary Healers and What Helped Me Get Through This. Linda is a well received motivational speaker, nationally recognized advocate grant reviewer and the recipient of numerous awards focused on cancer survivorship.
She has studied multiple marginalization and the intersections of gender, race, poverty, and disability. She currently studies capacity building and health promotion for people with disabilities through participatory intervention research with community non-profit organizations. Current research involves peer mentoring and overcoming barriers to physical and recreational activity for children and adults with Multiple Sclerosis and cultural representations of Autism, communication, family and community. Recent publications discuss teaching disability studies in community health and rehabilitation programs.
Turhan Canli, PhD
Turhan Canli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a neuroscientist and psychologist working on the brain basis of individual differences in emotion and personality. He has also published, and appeared as a contributor to a PBS program, on the topic of neuroethics–an emerging field of inquiry that is concerned with the ethical implications of neuroscientific discovery. Dr. Canli uses cutting-edge methodologies, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetic brain stimulation, and molecular genetic techniques to investigate how we differ from each other in our responses to emotional experiences. He received the 2002 American Psychological Association Grand Marquis Award for the best publication in Behavioral Neuroscience in the preceding year and his work has been featured in numerous national and international newspapers, magazines, and radio shows. Specific areas of expertise: Brain Imaging. Brain Stimulation. fMRI. Brain Basis of Emotion, Personality, and Sex Differences. Neuroethics.
Latha Chandran MD, MPH
Dr. Chandran is currently the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Stony Brook University Medical Center. She received her MD from Kerala University, Medical College Trivandrum and her MPH from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Chandran has several years of faculty leadership experience. During her tenure as Division Director of General Pediatrics, she led a successful expansion of primary care access in the areas surrounding Stony Brook University Medical Center incorporating resident and medical student education as well as ensuring financial solvency. She has experience on academic promotions and tenure committee and was instrumental in creating guidelines to facilitate promotion of clinician educators using an educator portfolio template. Dr. Chandran was the first clinician educator to receive tenure in the Educator Scholar track at Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Chandran is the co-director of a large, three-year national faculty development and certification program–the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program with forty current scholars. Scholarly work related to this project has been disseminated widely. In addition, she is a graduate of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program through Drexel University, Harvard Macy Institute Program for Physician Educators, AAMC Professional Development Seminars and Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers from Harvard School of Public Health. She is the recipient of numerous awards including teaching awards.
Jane M. Chun, PhD
As an inter-disciplinary scholar and practitioner, Dr. Jane Chun works at the intersection of inner states of being and organizations and systems. As Program Director of Specialized Programs at the Compassion Institute, she oversees initiatives in healthcare and social change. Jane is also a Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) instructor. She has led trainings and has spoken at the UN Development Program (UNDP), Columbia Business School, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Brookings Institute, and University of Oxford. She holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford where her research investigated the intersection of human ecology, decision sciences, and forced migration.
Robert P. Crease, PhD
Robert P. Crease is chair of the Philosophy Department. His principal interest is the history and philosophy of science, with special attention to interactions between science and society, and has authored, co-authored, edited, or translated a dozen books and numerous articles in that field. He also writes a monthly column on the social dimensions of science, titled "Critical Point," for Physics World, the flagship magazine of the Institute of Physics (London). In 2006, he received a three-year grant to develop a program to study "Trust: Prospects in Science and Religion" by the Templeton Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), and also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP, London).
Vincent de Luise, MD Vincent P. de Luise, MD FACS is an Assistant Clinical Professor Of Ophthalmology at Yale University School Of Medicine, and adjunct clinical professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College where he also serves on the Humanities and Medicine Committee and Music and Medicine Initiative. He is physician program chair of the Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians and is on the teaching faculty of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr de Luise is also a clarinetist, is president of the Connecticut Summer Opera Foundation, and co-founded the annual classical music recital at the American Academy of Ophthalmology. As a Harvard fellow, he has been engaged in developing a national humanities rubric for medical school pedagogy.
Lisa Diedrich, PhD
Lisa Diedrich received her PhD in Women's Studies from Emory University in 2001. Since then, she has taught in the Women’s Studies Program at Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests include feminist cultural studies of science and medicine, disability studies, and feminist theories and methodologies. She is the author of Treatments: Language, Politics, and the Culture of Illness (Minnesota, 2007). She is also the editor (with Victoria Hesford) of Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Lexington, 2008). She is currently working on two projects. The first is called A Prehistory of AIDS: Doing Health and Illness, 1960-1985, and traces the continuities and discontinuities between AIDS activism in the early 1980s and several earlier transformations of the practices of health and illness, including, for example, the emergence of Family Practice as a new specialization within medicine, and the emergence of health activist movements, like the women's health movement, that would influence medicine from the outside. The second project begins where the first leaves off, around 1985, and explores the scientific, medical, political, and economic enactments of "breast cancer on Long Island," through oral history and discourse analysis of the popular media accounts and scientific studies of the possible relationship between breast cancer and the environment of Long Island.
Suzanne D. Fields, MD
Suzanne D. Fields is Director of the Long Island Geriatric Education Center. LIGEC is part of a national network of 45 geriatric education centers funded by the Bureau of Health Professions of the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration. It is also a member of the Coalition of New York Geriatric Education Centers. The education and training programs focus on primary and transitional care, health promotion and disease prevention, multicultural aging, patient safety, and outreach to medically underserved communities.
Joseph J. Fins, MD, FACP
Dr. Fins is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College where he serves as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health, and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. Dr. Fins is also Director of Medical Ethics at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University. A recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, Dr. Fins has also received a Soros Open Society Institute Project on Death in America Faculty Scholars Award, a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Visiting Fellowship, and support from the Dana and Buster Foundations. He was appointed by President Clinton to The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and currently serves on The New York State Task Force on Life and the Law by gubernatorial appointment. A practicing internist at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Fins chairs the hospital’s ethics committee and teaches medicine and bioethics. The author of over 200 publications in medical ethics and health policy, his most recent book is A Palliative Ethic of Care: Clinical Wisdom at Life’s End (Jones and Bartlett, 2006). His current scholarly interests include ethical and policy issues in brain injury and disorders of consciousness, palliative care, research ethics in neurology and psychiatry, medical education and methods of ethics case consultation. He is a co-author of the 2007 Nature paper describing the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state.
Guy Glass, MD
Dr. Glass is a psychiatrist who is also a playwright. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his psychiatric residency at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. For more than twenty years, Dr. Glass practiced general adult psychiatry with a specialization in treating gay and lesbian patients in Manhattan and New Jersey. He was a psychotherapy supervisor for psychiatry residents at Beth Israel Medical Center where he is on the voluntary faculty, and he served as newsletter editor for the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists. About ten years ago, Dr. Glass began to write plays. Since then he has numerous readings and productions in the US and abroad, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. In 2010 his play The Last Castrato (www.lastcastrato.com) ran for sixteen performances at the Connelly Theater in New York City where it won critical praise. In 2013 Dr. Glass closed his practice and entered the master of fine arts program in theater at Stony Brook Southampton which he expects to complete in 2015. In 2014, his play Doctor Anonymous ran at the Zephyr Theater in West Hollywood, California for nineteen performances. Dr. Glass is now using Doctor Anonymous, a play about gay conversion therapy and the depathologization of homosexuality, to teach about the ethical treatment of LGBT patients, while continuing his clinical work with underserved populations as a locum tenens psychiatrist. His published plays include Doctor Anonymous, Healing, The Last Castrato, and The Therapeutic Hour.
Iris Granek, MD
Iris Granek is Founding Chair of the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine.
Magdalen E. Hull, MD, MPH
Dr. Hull is a Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and at the Northwell Health Hofstra School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Biology from Fordham University and her M.D. degree from New York Medical College. After completing her residency at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology at Wayne State University, she joined the full time faculty at Stony Brook in 1985. She is board certified in Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. While at Stony Brook, she received her MPH in Health Policy Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 1995. That same year, she became the Chief of Reproductive Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital. She was named by New York Magazines’ Doctors in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in 1999 and 2003 and is a member of ACOG, ASRM and the New York Obstetrical Society. She also volunteers at Project Hope through St Hugh’s Church in Huntington, St. Anthony’s High School Mother’s Guild and is a member of Soroptomist International. She joined the Suffolk County Department of Health Services in 2006 and has served as medical director of the Family Planning program. She has published articles concerning endometriosis and its treatment concerning infertility. Recently retired from Suffolk County, she is now pursuing a Certificate in Bioethics at Hofstra University School of Law and interests in ethics of assisted reproductive technologies and teaches biomedical ethics to medical students.
Raja Jaber, MD
Dr. Raja Jaber is the Director of the Wellness and Chronic Illness Program in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital and Medical Center. Dr Jaber co-directs and teaches the nutrition course to first- and second-year medical students and teaches integrative family medicine to medical students and residents. She received her MD with distinction from the American University of Beirut, is an Alpha Omega Alpha member, is board-certified in Family Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Holistic Medicine. She is listed in the Best Doctors of America List. Her clinical model integrates conventional medicine with nutritional, mind-body and exercise/manual medicine. The model is team-based and collaborative. Her mission is to help create a viable model of integrative primary care, based in a bio-psychosocial comprehensive approach, and emphasizing wellness, lifestyle management, self management and personal growth. She has conducted a successful group visits program for patients with hyperlipidemia, asthma, and osteoporosis, and conducts stress reduction workshops based on mindfulness meditation. Dr. Jaber has published several articles on the process of change, the doctor-patient relationship, and group visits.
Allan J. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.
Allan Jacobs is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He received his B.A. (psychology) at Cornell University, his M.D. from the University of Southern California, and his J.D. from St. John's University. He completed his residency at Parkland memorial Hospital and his fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital. A board certified gynecologic oncologist, he serves as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He has published articles in the field of reproductive ethics in journals such as the Hastings Center Reports. He has also published in the area of health law, a current research interest. He teaches biomedical ethics and health law to medical students and residents.
Elizabeth Ann Kaplan, PhD
E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directs The Humanities Institute. She is Past President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Kaplan has written many books and articles on topics in cultural studies, media, and women's studies, from diverse theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, feminism, postmodernism, and post-colonialism. She has given lectures all over the world and her work has been translated into six languages. Kaplan’s pioneering research on women in film (viz her Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera, Women in Film Noir and Motherhood and Representation) continues to be in print and influential in the United States and abroad. Kaplan co-edited three volumes that emerged from research undertaken at the Humanities Institute, one of which, Playing Dolly: Technologies and Fantasies of Assisted Reproduction (1997) (co-edited with Susan Squier) remains in print.Her recent books include Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang in 2004), Feminism and Film (2000) and a monograph, Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005). She is working on two further book projects, Public Feelings, Memory, and Affective Difference and The Unconscious of Age: Screening Older Women.
Eva Feder Kittay, PhD
Eva Feder Kittay is a SUNY Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. Her most recent books include Love's Labor: Essays on Women, Equality, and Dependency (Thinking Gender Series, Routledge, 1999). She is co-editing Theoretical Perspectives on Dependency and Women with Ellen Feder (Rowman and Littlefield), Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy with L. Alcoff (Blackwell), Special Issue of Hypatia: Feminism and Disability with A. Silvers and S. Wendell, and Special Issue of Social Theory and Practice: Embodied Values: Philosophy and Disabilities with R. Gottlieb. Areas of Specialization: Feminist philosophy, feminist ethics, social and political theory, metaphor, disability studies. Additional Interests:Philosophy of language, normative ethics, social thought.
Matthew T. Lee, PhD
Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is Director of Empirical Research of the Human Flourishing Program at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Delaware in 2000. He was a Professor and Chair of sociology and an Interim Chair in anthropology and classical studies at the University of Akron, with a secondary appointment in criminal justice studies, in addition to serving as a Faculty Fellow in both the Center for Conflict Management and the Center for Experiential Learning. He was Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity and President of the North Central Sociological Association. He is also a non-resident Research Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. His current research explores pathways to human flourishing, benevolent service to others, and the integration of social science and the humanities.
Marci Lobel, PhD
Marci Lobel is Associate Professor of Social and Health Psychology. Her research focuses on stress, coping, and their effects on women's reproductive health. Dr. Lobel is Principal Investigator of the Stony Brook Pregnancy Project, a set of federally-funded studies examining the impact of prenatal maternal stress on infant and maternal outcomes. She also collaborates with teams of investigators in other states including Iowa, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia to examine the impact of domestic violence in pregnancy, and to evaluate interventions for socioeconomically disadvantaged pregnant and postnatal women. Her research has been published in numerous professional journals and is widely cited in the popular media. Dr. Lobel is currently Consulting Editor of The Psychology of Women Quarterly and previously served as Associate Editor of Women's Health: Research on Gender, Behavior, and Policy. She teaches courses in the Psychology of Women's Health and is the recipient of several teaching awards.
Marilyn London, EdD
Dr. Marilyn London is currently a Lecturer in the School of Professional Development. She has taught in SPD for over 16 years, including Project Seminar (SPD and HEA-Higher Education Administration Program), Cultural Diversity in American Musicals (SPD), and Leadership in Higher Education Administration (HEA). She is also a Volunteer Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine who facilitates small group sessions in the Medicine in Contemporary Society II sections and the TTR course. She Also works with medical students, interested in topics related to music, in the MD with Recognition in Humanities Research program in the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. London recently retired from her position as Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Registrar for the Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. London has an eclectic background. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers University, a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology, both earned at the University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign. She co-authored a book called First Time Leaders of Small Groups with Dr. Manny London and has co-taught an international Human Resources course. She has also published in the field of music, and has presented several workshops and posters at national and regional medical education conferences.
Dr. London has held several teaching and leadership positions during her career including working on several committees in the School of Medicine, developing a group piano program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, running a library concert series in New Jersey, and co-leading the Belle Mead Friends of Music in New Jersey. As a young musician, Dr. London performed solo and four-hand piano in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, and locally across Long Island for over 20 years before moving into higher education administration. She also ran a private studio, and taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, Rutgers University, Westminster Choir College, and public and adult schools.
Margaret McGovern is Professor and Chair of Stony Brook Children's Service since 2007. She is board certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Clinical Genetics and by the American Board of Pediatrics. Her clinical practice began in 1988. She atteneded medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, and completed her residency in Pediatrics. She was awarded a fellowship in Genetics at Mount Sinai. Dr. McGovern has many professional affiliations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics as well as the Association of GCRC Program Directors. In addition, Dr. McGovern has served on numerous National Committees and served as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law.
Robyn McKeefrey is a Teaching and Research Baccalaureate prepared Certified Registered Nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital who received her Nursing degree from Adelphi University. Robyn's proficiency and expertise encompasses nearly thirty years in the specialty of maternal health. Ms. McKeefrey benchmarked an obstetrical case management program where she was pivotal in instituting the use of care maps along with a focus on length of stay, admission, discharge and continued stay criteria. Ms. McKeefrey is currently a Risk Manager where her goal and mission is to coordinate safe patient care while integrating medicine and the law. Robyn received her Master of Arts degree in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics from Stony Brook University which further enhance her abilities to coordinate medicine, law and ethics on a consultative basis to the staff and community which she serves.
Dr. Sal Mangione is a clinician-educator with a long interest in Physical Diagnosis, Medical History and community service. After obtaining his MD summa cum laude from the Catholic University of Rome, Dr. Mangione trained in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, before eventually moving to Jefferson Medical College where he is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, Director of the second year Physical Diagnosis Course, and coordinator for the History of Medicine lecture series and the Jefferson Medical Cineforum. Dr. Mangione’s innovative programs and engaging teaching style have been recognized by multiple awards for excellence in clinical teaching, including the 2005 Golden Apple Award, the 2006 Jefferson Portrait Presentation, and the 2009 Lindback Award. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, CNN and NPR. ( full bio)
Catherine R. Messina, PhD
Catherine Messina received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stony Brook University in 1999. Dr. Messina participates as a small group facilitator in the Self-Awareness, Ethics, and Prevention components of the Foundations of Medical Practice course for 1st year medical students Her research focuses on psychosocial influences on health and health behaviors (e.g., hostility and risk for coronary heart disease; attitudes and perceptions relating to cancer screening). She is the Principal Investigator of a federally funded project examining decision making about cancer screening among elderly women, which includes the role of patient perceptions of physician caring.
Gretchen Mockler, MD
Gretchen Mockler is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine at the Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Mockler studied athropology, linguistics and literature as an undergraduate. She trained in family medicine at Columbia University, where she stayed on as a faculty member and worked for several years with a primarily Spanish speaking, Caribbean patient population. She has spent time professionally in Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, India and on the Zuni reservation in New Mexico. Dr. Mockler's academic interests include research on the human microbiome project focusing on maternal-fetal transmission of beneficial bacteria, global health and medical anthropology and the role of the humanities in medical training and in preventing physician burnout. She recently returned from a needs assessment project in Madagascar and is excited to participate in Stony Brook's medical outreach to that country going forward. Dr. Mockler maintains a full spectrum family medicine practice in the Division of Family Medicine at Stony Brook.
Erika Newton, MD
Erika Newton is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stony Brook University Medical Center. Dr. Newton joined the Stony Brook Emergency Medicine faculty in 2003 following her return to the US from Auckland, New Zealand, where she had been working since sailing there on a 34-foot boat with her husband in 2001. She has held faculty appointments at several medical schools including Harvard and Tufts. She is currently a member of the Ethics Committee and Consult Service, is involved in medical student education in the pre-clinical years, and runs the monthly departmental journal club. Her academic interests include evidence-based medicine, medical ethics, and physician education and the biomedical industry.
Lester Paldy is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology and Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook where he has taught since 1967. He teaches the Global Issues course to seniors in the undergraduate Honors College and is Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. He served on the U.S. Geneva delegation that reached a nuclear weapons testing agreement with the Soviet Union signed by Presidents G.H.W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His interest in international efforts to ban nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons led to his exploration of the origins of medical codes requiring informed consent from research subjects.
Brian Papszycki, MA
Brian has been teaching HCB 524 - Special Topics in Bioethics: Organ Donation and Transplantation since Spring 2019. He has a background in Biology and Bioethics and received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stony Brook University. Brian has been working with LiveOnNY, New York’s regional Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), since 2015 and has been serving as the Assistant Director of Hospital Services since November 2018. Brian has also been intimately involved in Stony Brook University Hospital’s organ and tissue donation program for the past 5 years and has helped develop many of the policies and procedures that are in place today. In 2019 Brian received a certificate of achievement in excellence for his successful completion of the Art and Science of Leadership: Driving Results for Donation and Transplantation Professionals from the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School of Business Management. He has also presented at several national conferences for organ donation professional, most recently at the 2019 NATCO conference where he was awarded the top case study for the examination of neonatal and pediatric organ donation. Brian continues to drive performance improvement efforts related to organ and tissue donation in over 100 hospitals across the New York metro area and utilizes his expertise in the field to implement strategic efforts at each hospital to save more lives through donation and transplantation.
Diane Ranieri, MA, RPAC
Diane Ranieri is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Education in the School of Health Technology and Management at Stony Brook. She teaches in the entry level Physician Assistant Program in the areas of Medical Ethics, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gastrohepatology, Radiology, Dermatology and Infectious Diseases. She also teaches Medical Ethics for the PA Post Professional Master's Program as well as the Health Care Policy and Management Program. She received her BA, BS and MA from Stony Brook University. She is the vice chair of the Academic Standing Committee and is a member of the Curriculum Committee for the School of Health Technology and Management. Her clinical experience includes interventional radiology, inpatient pediatrics, neonatology, HIV care and outpatient pediatrics.
Michael Roess, PhD
Michael Roess is a Research Assistant Professor in the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics; Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine. He earned his PhD in Philosophy at Stony Brook in 2012. Michael has published in the areas of stem cell ethics, medical humanities, the development of compassionate traits and practices among clinicians, and physician well-being.
Adam Sepe, MA, MLS (ASCP)
Adam Sepe is a graduate of our MA program in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. His main area of interest is the philosophy of technology. He is currently focused on the relationship between humanity and technology, particularly technology’s effect on human identity and flourishing. His work mainly centers on current and futuristic technologies that are often considered as part of transhumanist and posthumanist discourse. Adam teaches HCB 524: Special Topics in Bioethics with the topic of Transhumanism and the Goals of Biomedicine.
Stephen Spector, PhD
Stephen Spector took his PhD at Yale and is currently located in the English Department. His principal interest is in religion, literature, and contemporary events. He has published six scholarly books and has received numerous fellowships and grants and has been a research fellow at the National Humanities Center and the Center for Humanities at Wesleyan University. He also has been visiting professor at Hebrew University. He has received prizes from the Medieval Academy of America and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. His Operation Solomon: The Daring Rescue of the Ethiopian Jews(Oxford University Press) was published in 2005 and his Evangelicals and Israel: The Story of American Christian Zionism (Oxford University Press) will appear in November 2008.
Lisa Strano-Paul, MD
Dr. Lisa Strano-Paul is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at Stony Brook School of Medicine and maintains an outpatient Primary Care Internal Medicine and Geriatric practice. She is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. She is the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education for the School of Medicine and Course Director of the Primary Care Clerkship. Her educational focus has been to integrate geriatric core competencies, promote end-of-life education and Professional Identity Formation (PIF) throughout the medical school curriculum. She has developed curricular innovations that promote PIF in the School of Medicine. Reflection Rounds began as a pilot project funded by Templeton, Gwish foundations and has expanded after the funding cycle to be a mandatory part of every clinical rotation in Phase II. Reflection Rounds provide students with the opportunity to verbally reflection on their patient encounters with trained faculty facilitators. This promotes the development their own inner resources for addressing the suffering of others. She designed an end-of-life teaching module which centers on an interprofessional home hospice visit and reflection on that experience. This experience students has resulted in the students gaining a deep appreciation of the human identity of hospice patients and a humanistic understanding of their own role as future physicians and has had a lasting impact on students’ emerging professional personas. She was invited to collaborate on a PIF project awarded to Drexel University by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation in cooperation with Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. This new resource, ProfessionalFormation.org focuses on a web based resource which enhances learners’ professionalism and interprofessional team skills in order to improve patient care. ProfessionalFormation.org will be a useful resource to faculty in role-modeling and giving feedback on professional behavior and remediating professionalism lapses.
Amy Yopp Sullivan, MFA, CLMA
Amy Yopp Sullivan is an Associate Professor at Stonybrook University in the Department of Theatre Arts and develops her research and creative work at the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning. Sullivan teaches, choreographs, directs, and develops interdisciplinary research. She values process, innovation, improvisation and revisions as catalysts for emergent works in education, performance, creative strategies and interdisciplinary research. During2021, Sullivan is working as a CoPI on the project, "Examining the Web of Dance and Machine Learning as a Means for Supporting Human Adaptation and Change". The project has received funding through a faculty grant from SBU’s Center for Changing Systems of Power and collaborates with CoPI, Dr. Shubham Jain in the Computer Science Department. Sullivan uses the concept of user-driven innovation in order to examine vital practices that can emerge from specific need in human interaction. The process of revisions and iterations that emerge from the body’s changing needs to adapt and respond, have pointed her toward significant questions, strategies and translations in order to examine and support the adaptive potential of humanity. Throughout her 40+ years of teaching, she has expanded her drive for the translationof dance principles across new disciplines and domains. Sullivan’s training and experiences have directed her to examine the developed and adaptive potential within the human system.
Sullivan is the Founder and Creator of the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic
Learning and an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook
University. Her education and training include a Bachelor of Science and an MFA in
Choreography and Performance from UNC, Greensboro, an MREd (Theology/Religious Education)
from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Certification as a Laban/Bartenieff
Movement Analyst from Integrated Movement Studies, based in the Dance Department at
University of Utah. Sullivan is currently working on a certification in Integrative
Somatic Trauma Therapy with the EMBODY Lab. She is currently working with a study
group focused on Shifting Cultural Power, co-facilitated by Hope Mohr (Ramaytush Ohlone
ancestral land/San Francisco, CA) and Taja Will (they, them; Dakota &Anishinaabe ancestral
land/Minneapolis, MN) In the early 1970’s, she was most fortunate to be part of an
undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree at University of North Carolina in Greensboro,
which combined dance studies and courses from the life sciences. This early introduction
to the collaborative nature of dance and science launches many directions of her creative
and experimental work. Sullivan is also currently developing a creative performance
project, "Courageous Acts of the Imaginative Soul".
Joshua Thomas, PhD
Dr. S. Joshua Thomas is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University. His primary research examines the intersection of bioethics and philosophy of medicine. Specifically, it focuses on illuminating and interrogating the ethical implications of the very conception of health itself by tracing out various ways in which prevailing theoretical commitments carry over into healthcare practice. His research argues that there is a pressing need to develop an alternative framework for conceiving the ideal of health that places the self, not merely the body, at the center, while at the same time doing justice to the best of our critical scientific knowledge. The other main focus of his research examines philosophical dimensions of hope, especially the moral significance of hope; what obligations, if any, the hopes of others place upon us; the relationship between hope and selfhood; the distinction between genuine and false hope, and the moral implications of the latter; and the role of hope in medical and health-related contexts. In addition to presenting his research at a number of international conferences, he has been an invited panelist for the Public Philosophy Network. He has served as a board member for Presbyterian Welcome, as well as serving on the Harvard Divinity School Alumni/ae Association Council for many years, and is also a founding member of the New York Pragmatist Forum. Dr. Thomas is a recipient of the prestigious Faculty Recognition Award at St. John's University. He earned his baccalaureate degree at the Pennsylvania State University before earning a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Philosophy from Fordham University.
Nancy Tomes, PhD
Nancy Tomes is professor of history at Stony Brook University. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she received her undergraduate education at Oberlin College and the University of Kentucky, and her doctorate in American history from the University of Pennsylvania. While a fellow at the National Humanities Center, she developed Medicine and Madison Avenue , a digital collection on the history of health-related advertising. Her research interests include the history of medicine, women and gender, and U.S. cultural history. Her book The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life(Harvard University Press, 1998) was winner of the 2002 Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine.