Ramanell Center.

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. The name change 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 borders beyond our own.

David Hershenov featured on PhilStuff video interview

Romanell Center Director, David Hershenov, is featured in a video interview hosted by PhilStuff. Hershenov discusses the relationship between personal identity and the ethics of abortion. He addresses questions and topics such as: What is personal identity? Why personal identity? Brain death; Twinning and fusion; Conjoined twins; Brain transplant; Some interesting puzzles; Bias in the bioethics community. See the YouTube video, here.


American Journal of Bioethics 23 publishes article by Romanell Fellow

James Cordeiro, “On the Moral Permissibility of Elective Ectogestation” American Journal of Bioethics 23 (5):116-118 (2023)

The advent of artificial womb technology (AWT) raises serious moral questions, many capably framed and reviewed in De Bie et. al.’s (2022) focal article on the ethics of AWT and fetonates. Cordeiro’s commentary  addresses the moral permissibility of “elective ectogestation” (EE) which  receives sparse treatment in this otherwise admirable review. 
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Jack Freer, Artist

Since retiring from clinical medicine, Jack Freer has been spending more time working on pastel painting. This image depicts a scene in Florence during a 1629-31 outbreak of bubonic plague.

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