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Faculty & Staff


Stephen G. Post, PhD
Center Director
History of Bioethics; Geriatrics; Dementia; Healthcare; Compassion and Altruism

Associate Director

Maria A. Basile, MD, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor 
Center Associate Director
Human Values and Medicine; Literature and Medicine; Medical Professionalism; Medical Education; Leadership

Research & Teaching Faculty

Michelle S. Ballan, PhD
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Social Welfare
Professor, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine

Richard A. Bronson, MD
Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pathology
Reproductive Medicine; Poetry; Narrative in Medicine; Medical Education

John L. Coulehan, MD, MPH
Director Emeritus
Literature and Medicine, Empathy, Narrative, Clinical Ethics

Brooke Ellison, PhD, MPP
Associate Professor
Hope and Medical Ethics, Stem Cell Research, Sociology and Healthcare

Craig Malbon, PhD, MDiv, FAAAS, FRSM
Leading Professor, School of Medicine
Department of Pharmacology; Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine.
Medical Ethics, Social Justice, End-of-Life Ethical Issues

Phyllis Migdal, MD, MA
Clinical Assistant Professor
Institutional Ethics Committee
Medical Ethics, Health Disparity, Implicit Bias

Gretchen Mockler, MD
Attending Physician
Assistant Clinical Professor

Jeffrey Trilling, MD
Associate Professor
Medical Humanities and Ethics
Physician-Patient Relationship
Primary Care and Family Medicine

Michael Vetrano, PhD
Course Director, Medicine in Contemporary Society
Clinical Ethics and Decision Making, Doctor-Patient Communication, Spirituality and Health Care
Religion and Bioethics

Distinguished Visiting Scholars 

Jane M. Chun, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Compassionate Communication
Program Director of Specialized Programs at the Compassion Institute

Vincent de Luise, MD
Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Medical Humanities, Art and Opthalmology

Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Yale University School Of Medicine

Matthew T. Lee, PhD
Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Health, Flourishing and Positive Psychology
Director of Empirical Research of the Human Flourishing Program at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sceince at Harvard University
Senior Research Scientist in the Human Flourishing Program within the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Sal Mangione, MD
Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Medical Humanities and History

Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Krisha Mehta, MD
Distinguished Visiting Scholar on Compassion Research and Practice

Lester Paldy
Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Science, Research, and Ethics
Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pathology and Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University

Kevin Zacharoff, MD, FACIP, FACPE, FAAP
Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics
Faculty and Clinical Instructor, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University


Administrative Staff

April Bortzfield, MSEd
Graduate Program Coordinator