Payne Appointed to Center for Practical Bioethics

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Richard Payne, Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School, has been named the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics, a part-time joint appointment he will hold while he continues his work at Duke. The center, established in 1984 in Kansas City, Mo., is a national leader in applied bioethics.

Said John Carney, president of the Center for Practical Bioethics, “We have long admired Dr. Payne as a superb patient advocate, scholarly and compassionate physician and researcher, and insightful and compassionate visionary in medicine.”

Dr. Payne received his B.A in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, Dr. Payne led the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he held the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology, and was professor of neurology and pharmacology at Weill Cornell Medical College. An internationally known expert in neurology, oncology, pain management and palliative care, and bioethics, Dr. Payne has more than 275 publications in these fields.

 “This joint appointment with the Center and Duke University will allow me to personally extend my scholarship in the areas of pain, palliative and end-of-life care but with a deeper and richer engagement in bioethics,” said Dr. Payne.

At the Duke Medical Center, Dr. Payne is a faculty associate of the Trent Center in Bioethics, and a member of the Duke Cancer Center. He is also the faculty lead for the Collaborative on Healthcare for Aging Populations and Advanced Illnesses (CHAPI), a program of the Duke Fuqua School of Business. At Duke Divinity School, Dr. Payne was the director of the Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life, and is currently a member of the ministry division and Duke Initiatives in Theology, Medicine, and Culture. He teaches courses in pastoral care at the end of life.