The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health, and the Holocaust

Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health Advisory Board

Mission statement:

The mission of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health, and the Holocaust is to foster a deepened understanding of medical practices and their ethical ramifications. The Center promulgates knowledge about domestic and international practices, both past and present. Because of the active participation of the medical community in shaping the policies and practices that led to genocide, the Holocaust can provide a unique framework for exploring modern issues in bioethics, health care practice and policy, and human rights. The Center serves as a natural extension of Misericordia University’s mission and expertise in the humanities and health sciences and its dedication to promoting equality, health, and well-being for humankind.


Second Annual Pledge to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care

Second Annual Pledge to Preserve Human Dignity in Health Care

Harvard University psychiatry professor, J. Wesley Boyd, M.D., Ph.D, will address human rights & immigration at the The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health, and the Holocaust's second annual program on January 28 at 7 p.m. program includes the opportunity to take the "Pledge to Preserve Human Dignity" in conjunction with the observation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

For additional information, click the flyers in this section or visit this link.

You can also contact Stacy Gallin, center director, at sgallin@misericordia.edu

Advocating for Health Equity and Human Rights in 2019 flyer


In the News

University President Tom Botzman interview

Click here to view a story on the Center's launch on WNEP.

Click here to view various media coverage involving the center.


What We Do:

The Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Health, and the Holocaust has three primary goals:

  1. Examine the ongoing, systematic involvement of the medical community in the ethical violations that took place during the Holocaust and the ramifications for current issues in bioethics, health care practice and policy, and human rights issues
  2. Provide educational resources and programming to explore the ethical issues currently impacting society
  3. Mobilize the community to become active agents of change by advocating for human dignity in bioethics, medicine, and health care


Issues We Address:

  • Bioethics and the Holocaust
  • Social Justice
  • Patient/Personal Autonomy
  • Medical Research and Experimentation
  • Death and Dying
  • Environment and Human Health
  • The Ethics of Mental Health Care
  • Disability Studies
  • Beginning of Life Care/Reproductive Technology
  • End of Life Care/Physician-Assisted Suicide
  • Human Subject Research
  • HIPAA/Right to Privacy
  • Compassion within Health Care Organizations
  • Structural Racism
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Disparities within Health Care
  • Vulnerable Populations

Click here to read Misericordia University students' perspectives on critical issues within the field.


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