Peter H. Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Bioethics begins with important questions, such as: Should physician-assisted suicide be part of medicine? Should genetic engineering be used in ways that can treat and prevent disease but could change future generations? What healthcare should be provided to all members of society independently of ability to pay? Should patients be “nudged” to make certain medically recommended choices? What sorts of individual results from research should be returned to research participants?
Answering these questions requires engagement with deeper issues, such as when life begins and ends, what is healthcare justice, what makes a patient’s decision a good one, and what are acceptable risks of new technology? Intelligent consideration of these questions requires multiple perspectives and input from many fields of study, including medicine, philosophy, history, law, public health, sociology, and anthropology.
Based at the IU School of Medicine, the IU Center for Bioethics brings together faculty with expertise in all these fields and primary appointments at schools across the IUPUI campus and IU health. Center faculty write and speak about bioethics and conduct research. They teach and engage with providers, researchers, students, and the broader community to foster understanding of bioethics with the goal of improving future health and healthcare.
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