Rosamond Rhodes, PhD

Associate Program Director & Professor of Bioethics,
The Bioethics Program and

Professor of Medical Education,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Physician-patient relationship
Organ transplantation
Research ethics
Surrogate decision making
End-of-life decisions

ROSAMOND RHODES, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Education and Director of Bioethics Education at Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she oversees the medical ethics curriculum for students in all four years of medical school, for house staff in eleven residency programs, for graduate post-doctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences, and for students in the genetics counseling program. She directs a program of faculty medical ethics education and collaborates with faculty members on a variety of research projects. Dr. Rhodes serves as a member of Mount Sinai's Ethics Committee and IACUC. Dr. Rhodes is also Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Beyond the teaching setting, Dr. Rhodes serves as co-editor of the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine and on the editorial boards of the international journals Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, Bioethics, and Clinical Ethics. She has published over 125 articles and chapters on a broad range of issues in bioethics including: professionalism, justice, the doctor-patient relationship, decisional capacity, surrogate decision making, research ethics, physician-assisted suicide, genetics, cloning, abortion, assisted reproduction, organ transplantation, psychiatry, and bioethics education. She also writes on issues in the history of moral and political philosophy.

Curriculum Vitae >

Recent Publications


1.  Battin, MP, Rhodes R, and Silvers A, editors, Physician Assisted Suicide:  Expanding the Debate, Routledge: New York (1998).

2.  Rhodes R, Battin MP, and Silvers, editors, Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care, Oxford University Press: New York (2002).

3.  Rhodes R, Francis LP, and Silvers A, editors, The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics, Blackwell Publishing: MA (2007).

4.  Rhodes R, Silvers A, and Battin MP, editors, Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press: New York (2012).

5.  Rhodes R, Gligorov N, and Schwab A, editors,The Human Microbiome:  Ethical, Legal, and Social Concerns Oxford University Press: New York (2013).

Original Peer reviewed Journal Articles:

Gong M, Richardson L, Rhodes R, Winkel G, Silverstein J.  Surrogate Consent for Research Involving Adults with Impaired Decision-Making:  Survey of Institutional Review Boards’ Practices.  Critical Care Medicine..  2010 Nov; 38(11):  2146-54.

Capozzi JD, Bronson W, and Rhodes R.  Ethics in Practice: Moral complexity.Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2011 Aug 3; 93(15): e88.

Rhodes R, Aggarwal S, and Schiano TD.  Overdose With Suicidal Intent: Ethical Considerations for Liver Transplant Programs. Liver Transplantation 2011 Sep; 17(9): 1111-6.

Rhodes R. et al., De Minimis Risk :  A Proposal for a New Category of Research Risk:  American Journal of Bioethics. 2011; 11(11): 1-7.

Human Microbiome Project Consortium.  A framework for human microbiome research.  Nature. 2012 Jun 13; 486 (7402):215-21.

Human Microbiome Project Consortium.  Structure, function and diversity of the healthy human microbiome.  Nature. 2012 Jun 13; 486(7402): 207-14.

Dudzinski DM, Rhodes R, and Fiester A. Pedagogical Goals for Academic Bioethics Programs. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. July 2013; 22(03): 284-296.

Favia A, Frank L, Gligorov N, Birnbaum S, Cummins P, Fallar R, Ferguson K, Mendis K, Friedman E, and Rhodes R.  A Model for the Assessment of Medical Students’ Competency in Medical Ethics.  American Journal of Bioethics: Primary Research.  October-December2013 4(4): 68–83.

 Humbyrd CJ, Capozzi JD, and Rhodes R.  Ethics in Practice: Judgments about Deservingness.  Journal of  Bone and Joint Surgery.  [In press]




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