Jane Greenlaw, RN, JD

Professor Emeritus, Center for Medical Humanities
University of Rochester School of Medicine and

Professor of Bioethics
The Bioethics Program



Jane Greenlaw is Associate Professor of Health Care Law and Director of the Division of the Medical Humanities at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is Co-Director of the Center for Ethics, Humanities and Palliative Care. Originally a nurse, Jane Greenlaw studied law at Boston College Law School because of an interest in health care policy, patient rights, and medical ethics. At the School of Medicine she teaches courses in health care law and medical ethics. She is a member of the University of Rochester Medical Center Ethics Committee and the Ethics Consultation Service of Strong Memorial Hospital. Since 1989 she has been a member of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, a group appointed by former Governor Mario Cuomo to advise the legislature about health policy matters. Professor Greenlaw is the author of many articles about health care law and ethics, published in nursing, medical and legal journals and has co-authored a column, “Ethics Consultation,” in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. She has given numerous presentations and workshops about topics in health law and medical ethics, including end-of- life decisions.

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Recent Publications

Greenlaw, J, “Does the Law Interfere with Ethical Patient Care? How It Can and Why It Need Not," Harvard Review of Psychiatry 7(6): 361-4 (March/April 2000). (Translation appears in Greek edition.) 

Spike, J and Greenlaw, J, "Ethics Consultation: High Ideals or Unrealistic Expectations," Annals of Internal Medicine 133(1):55-56 (July 2000). 

Greenlaw, J, "Pregnant Women and their Fetuses: Legal and Ethical Issues," Lahey Medical Ethics Newsletter: 3, 4, 8 (Fall 2000). 

Greenlaw, J, "Some Considerations for Introduction of New Procedures," Law and Bioethics Report 1(1): 5-6 (Fall 2001). 

Quill TE, Dannefer E, Markakis K, Epstein R, Greenlaw J, McGrail K, and Milella M,“An Integrated Biopsychosocial Approach to Palliative Care Training of Medical Students,” Journal of Palliative Medicine 6(3):365-380 (2003). 

Demme RA, Singer EA, Greenlaw J and Quill TE, “Ethical Issues in Palliative Care”, Anesthesiology Clinics of North America 24: 129-144 (2006).


Recent Activities

Board of Directors, Ferre Institute 

Member, New York State Task Force on Life and the Law




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