Faculty & Staff

  • A warm welcome to our newest faculty member, Alexis Walker, PhD, who joined the division on January 1, 2021 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics. Get acquainted with Dr. Walker by reading her New Faculty Q&A (read more)

In the Media

  • The Bioethics of Genomics and Justice in Columbia Medicine, VP&S Annual Report 2019-2020, features ethics division research into the ethical, legal, and social implications of precision medicine. "The 360-degree perspective includes “studying the studies” as researchers continue to unleash the power to treat, prevent, and cure disease. The effort also provides an opportunity to bring social science to bear on bioethical questions." (read the article)

  • Racial Injustice in U.S. Health Care Calls for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Bioethicist Says, in Columbia News, January 12, 2021. Dr. Maya Sabatello, "an expert on human rights and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics, proposes a COVID-19 Truth and Reconciliation Commission. “These commissions began as a way to help authoritarian governments recover from their abusive pasts and transition toward democracy without being punitive,” Sabatello says. “The United States may not be a fragile democracy, but our health care system—who controls it, who benefits from it—resembles an autocratic regime.”" (read the article)

Awards & Honors

Call for Papers

  • The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (BJCP) has issued a call for papers for a clinical pharmacology-flavoured medical humanities section.  The call is for poetry, essays, editorials or commentaries on personal experience, multimedia art, culture, literature, history, anthropology, sociology, political science, ethics, or philosophy, which highlight the multifaceted interactions between clinical pharmacology and society.  (read more)
  • Michele Goodwin (UCI Law) and Holly Fernandez Lynch (U Penn SOM) are co-editing a special issue of the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics on Health Law and Antiracism. Paper proposals are due February 15. (read more)
  •  ASLME is launching an antiracism student writing competition open to grad students in any field. Submissions are due June 1, which means that this is a good time for students to select relevant paper topics for this term’s seminars. (read more)
  •  The ASLME Health Law Professors Conference announcement was just posted and there will be a health law and antiracism track. Proposals are due February 14 and the conference is June 9-11. (read more)
  • The Journal of Pediatrics is soliciting manuscripts for REACH: Reflections on Ethics and Advocacy in Child Health, a new quarterly section focused on ethical controversies in pediatric health, broadly understood to include clinical care, research, and the social determinants of health. Abstracts due January 29. (read more)

Projects & Grants

  • Drs. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee and Noemie Elhadad (in the Department of Biomedical Informatics) were named Columbia Collaboratory Fellows. As Fellows, Drs. Lee and Elhadad received a Collaboratory Grant that provides up to $150,000 over three years to support the development and teaching of a new multi-disciplinary course: Interrogating Ethics and Justice in Digital Health(read more)
  • Dr. Maya Sabatello has received a new four-year grant from NHGRI and NIH’s Office of the Director (OD) entitled “Disability, Diversity and Trust in Precision Medicine Research: Stakeholders Engagement” (1R01HG010868). People with disabilities comprise the largest health disparities group in the US. Their inclusion in precision medicine research is essential for health benefits to accrue to them and for upholding social justice by treating people with disabilities as equal members of society... (read more)

News Archive

December 2020

December 2020 Newsletter

Faculty & Staff

  • The division expanded in September to welcome new Administration staff Angelica Johnson, MS and Jon Zaikowski, MS, and new Research Associate, Jessica Martucci, PhD, MBE.
  • A warm welcome to new faculty Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD who joined the division in December with a joint appointment as Associate Professor for Medical Sciences in the Departments of Medicine and Medical Humanities and Ethics.

(Read more about each new division member at Our Team.)

Awards & Honors

  • Emily Vasquez, MPH, PhD(c) was awarded the Rudolf Virchow Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology’s Critical Anthropology for Global Health special interest group for her paper "Detecting diabetes risk: Philanthropy, technology, and epistemic power in Mexico." (Read more)

Projects & Grants

  • Dr. Jessica Martucci, along with colleague Britt Dahlberg, is the recipient of funding from the National Council on Public History and Villanova University’s LePage Center for History in the Public Interest for a new oral history and archival-based public medical humanities project entitled Beyond Better. (Read more)
  • The Ethics of Inclusion team led by Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee was awarded a new NIH bioethics supplement for the study "Understanding the Expectations and Needs of Diverse Communities for Navigating Research Results (3R01 HG010330-04S1)." The study includes David Goldstein, Ph.D, Louise Bier, MS, CGC, Alejandra Aguirre, DrPH, MPH, and Sonia Mendoza-Grey, MPH. The project aims to investigate the preferences of African American and Hispanic/Latino communities, including the uninsured, who are being recruited into precision medicine research for different types of genetic test results and their expectations and needs for information and resources to allow for informed, validated follow-up of research results and clinical care. (Read more)
  • In a new collaboration, Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee will work with Emily Wang, MD at Yale and the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice and Lauren Brinkley-Rubenstein, PhD in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on the study “COVID-19 Testing and Prevention in Correctional Settings.” The study is funded by the NIH Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADxUP) Program and addresses the disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality in correctional facilities. (Read more)