Our History


The Romanell Center for Clinical Ethics and the Philosophy of Medicine (RCCE) is the new name of the Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care, established at the University at Buffalo in 1994. The Romanell Center now continues the long tradition of serving as a multi-disciplinary center coordinating a variety of clinical and academic activities UB, in the Western New York area, and the world beyond.

The founding co-directors,  Gerald Logue, MD and Stephen Wear, PhD were instrumental in developing the research initiatives that keep the Center thriving. Currently, the co-directors are Jack Freer, MD and David Hershenov.

The Center Office was formerly located at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Buffalo, New York. During its first two decades, the Center has kept a record of its work by maintaining two e-mail listserves hosted by UB. In 2017, the Center's new office and website are hosted, in part, by the College of Arts and Sciences, Department Philosophy.

Patrick and Edna Romanell Annual Lectures on Philosophical Issues in Medicine and Health Care

UB Listserv

One, BIOETH-LIST, is primarily designed for those in the Greater Buffalo area and permits subscribers to post to the list. This list is available for posting local announcements, as well as a medium for discussion of relevant topics. It will also distribute the Center newsletter, "Bioethics Bulletin." If you are on this list, you can send a message to the entire list by addressing the message to: BIOETH-LIST@listserv.acsu.buffalo.edu. Archives of old BIOETH-LIST messages are maintained here.

The other, BIOBUL-LIST is now retired. It was mainly used for collaborators outside UB and of Western New York. If you have further questions about this service, contact Jack Freer, via telephone, 887-4852 or via email, jfreer@buffalo.edu.