Ethics Programs

  1. Paul Braunschweiger, Ph.D.

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    Director, CITI Program

    Dr. Braunschweiger earned his Ph.D. at the University of Buffalo. After spending time at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh PA and at AMC Cancer Center in Denver, Co, he came to the University of Miami in 1990, and in 1994 was promoted to Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, at the Sylvester Cancer Center in the Miller Medical School. Dr. Braunschweiger conducted NIH funded basic research in the sensitivity of tumor cells to ionizing radiation and has authored numerous peer…

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  2. Jeffrey P. Brosco., M.D., Ph.D.

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    Director, Pediatrics Program

    Dr. Brosco, a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, completed an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  He served as chief resident after training in pediatrics at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, and he is board-certified in Pediatrics and in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. 

    He completed his tenure as a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar in 2003,…

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  3. Donald M. Buckner, M.D.

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    Director, Residency Education Program

    Dr. Buckner spent 33 years as a pediatric surgeon at the University of Miami.  Among his many interests were and remain the ethical issues surrounding impaired newborns.  This interest was spurred and supported by weekly rounds with an ethicist over several years during the early part of his career.

    The interest never waned and as he has absented himself from clinical practice and surgery he has increased his commitment to the teaching of ethical concepts and professional behavior…

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  4. Roberto Cañete Villafranca, M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

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    Visiting Scholar

    Roberto Cañete Villafranca, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., is Professor of Parasitology, Biosafety and Bioethics at the University of Medical Sciences in Matanzas, Cuba, and Researcher at the Center of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology in Matanzas. His areas of expertise include clinical trials, research ethics, ethics and public health, parasitology, and the development of public health professionals and students’ ethical attitudes and behaviors.

    Prof. Cañete Villafranca received his M.D.…

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  5. Anita Cava, J.D.

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    Director, Business Ethics Program; Co-Director, UM Ethics Programs

    Anita Cava is Professor of Business Law in the UM School of Business.  Professor Cava’s research interests are the legal and ethical aspects of health administration as well as corporate/community engagement and business ethics.  As part of the Legal, Ethical and Social Implications (ELSI) Workgroup at UM, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Project Health Design, she addressed conundrums being generated by electronic health information.  Her article, Health Privacy…

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  6. Thomas Champney, Ph.D.

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    Professor, Cell Biology and Anatomy

    Dr. Champney earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 1984. His research investigated the role of the pineal gland and its hormone melatonin on integrative physiology.  He completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware investigating Reproductive Physiology and then accepted a faculty position at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine.  He spent 18 years at Texas A&M University…

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  7. Reid Cushman, Ph.D.

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    Director, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Education; Co-Director, Research Ethics Consultation Service

    Reid Cushman directs the UM training program in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  With Robin Fiore, he co-directs the Research Ethics Consultation Service.  He is also the Director of Technology Development for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program).

    Dr. Cushman received his training in economics, political science and public policy at the University of Virginia.  Prior to coming to UM, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation postdoctoral…

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  8. Raul De Velasco, M.D., FACP

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    Director, Clinical Ethics Program

    Dr. de Velasco, Voluntary Associate Professor of Medicine, received his medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. After his medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital he joined the Indian Division of the Public Health Service where he served as a medical officer in the Zuni and Navajo reservations for two years. Returning to Miami, he completed his internal medicine residency and nephrology fellowship at the Jackson Memorial/Veterans Administrations programs with…

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  9. Ann-Lynn Denker, A.R.N.P., Ph.D.

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    Nursing Educator

    Dr. Ann-Lynn Denker is a nurse educator, researcher, nursing consultant and health policy expert.  Dr. Denker has extensive experience in clinical practice, education and research including roles of pediatric clinical nurse specialist, director of research, (IRB) human subjects, privacy and clinical electronic systems.  She currently teaches graduate students at the Barry University School of Nursing. In addition she serves as the director of the Florida Action Coalition (Future of Nursing)…

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  10. Robin N. Fiore, Ph.D.

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    Director, Special Ethics Initiatives; Co-Director, Research Ethics Consultation Service

    Dr. Robin Fiore joined the University of Miami Ethics Programs in 2010. Formerly, she was Adelaide R. Snyder Professor of Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida. While at FAU, she served as Senior Assistant Vice President for Research Ethics (2006-2008) and as Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Letters for Ethics Initiatives (2004-2008) and as Director of FAU’s Ethics, Law & Society Certificate Program and the Environmental…

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  11. Kenneth W. Goodman, Ph.D., FACMI

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    Director, Bioethics Program; Co-Director, UM Ethics Programs

    Kenneth W. Goodman is founder and director of the University of Miami Bioethics Program and its Pan American Bioethics Initiative and co-director of the university’s Ethics Programs, including its Business Ethics Program. The Ethics Programs have been designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Ethics and Global Health Policy, one of six in the world.

    Dr. Goodman is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami with appointments in the Department of Philosophy,…

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  12. Julienne Prineas

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    Educator, Rhetorician

    April 16, 1939 - January 30, 2010

    Dr. Julienne Prineas, a longstanding friend of and collaborator with the UM Ethics Programs, has died in Winston-Salem, NC.

    Dr. Prineas was the elder daughter of Mr. Winsleigh Swynny and Gladys (June) Swynny (nee Johns). She is survived by her beloved sister, Yolande Oakley of Malacoota, Australia; a brother, Phillip Swynny of Sydney, Australia; her husband of 49 years, Dr. Ronald Prineas, Professor Emeritus at Wake Forest University School of Medicine…

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  13. Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H.

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    Director, International Program

    Dr. Sergio Litewka, M.D., M.P.H., is Director of International Operations for the UM Ethics Programs.

    A faculty member in the UM Department of Surgery, he is project director for the Pan American Bioethics Initiative (PABI), a project funded by an NIH-Fogarty International Center grant. During the course of the PABI grant, Dr. Litewka received an honorary appointment in the Read Full Bio »

  14. Anthony M. A. Mullings, MB.BS, DGO, DM (O&G), MPH, FACOG.

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    Research Associate

    A Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of the West Indies (UWI), University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Kingston, Jamaica, Dr. Mullings has been an invited presenter on aspects of ethics on numerous occasions and has organized and presented at Research Ethics conferences and workshops. As an Obstetricia,n he has a special interest in Perinatal Ethics. In 2005, in association with Ken Goodman and other,s he established the Caribbean Research Ethics…

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  15. Mervin Needell, M.D., MA

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    Medical Director Emeritus

    Mervin Needell, M.D., M.A. now holds emeritus faculty status in U.M.‘s Bioethics Program. From 1991-2001, he served as Medical Director and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. From 1991-2000 he also taught bioethics at Barry University and at Nova Southeastern University.

    Dr. Needell received his M.D. from Hahnemann (now Drexel) University School of Medicine, completed a residency in urology at the University of Buffalo, and practiced his specialty…

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  16. J. Phillip Pennell

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    Founder, Health and Human Values Programs

    J. Phillip Pennell, 68, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Medical Director at the University of Miami Dialysis unit, died September 27th, 2007, at home in Coconut Grove.
    Dr. Pennell, while caring for dialysis patients, was a medical educator and researcher. Teaching was his passion and medical ethics his focus.

    He was a leader in introducing ethics into medical school curricula in Florida.  He created and directed UM Medical School’s former Health and Human Values Program.…

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  17. Felipe E. Vizcarrondo, M.D., M.A.

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    Voluntary Associate Professor of Pediatrics

         
    Dr. Vizcarrondo attended Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia and received a masters degree, in bioethics from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He completed a residency in pediatrics at University Hospital, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, and sub-specialty training in pediatric cardiology at University Hospital, Puerto Rico, and Kings County Medical Center at New York University.

    An active duty U.S. Air Force officer,…

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  18. Bruce J. Winick

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    Co-Founder, Therapeutic Jurisprudence

    Bruce J. Winick was a Professor of Law and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The co-founder of the school of social enquiry known as therapeutic jurisprudence, Winick was Director of the University of Miami School of Law Therapeutic Jurisprudence Center. He was the first the recipient of the Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professorship during the 2009-2010 academic year.

    Winick authored, co-authored,…

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