Medical Ethics and Health Policy Mission

Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge multidisciplinary research on perennial and emerging ethical issues arising in clinical practice and in biomedical research in a changing healthcare environment. Our research informs our teaching, clinical practice and contributions to the development of health and science policy at the local, national and international levels.


Our vision is to create a shared, sustainable, intellectual environment in which all stakeholders can critically reflect on and respond to ethical challenges in healthcare and biomedical research.

Our History

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Dr. Brody and Dr. McGuire with Baylor College of Medicine President Dr. Paul Klotman.

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy began as a joint project of Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University, enabling the center to draw on the rich intellectual resources of both institutions.

The center, founded in 1982 by Baruch Brody, Ph.D., is committed to creating a shared, intellectual environment that encourages critical reflection on emerging, as well as perennial, ethical and policy challenges in healthcare and biomedical research. The impetus for founding the center was in recognition that the ever-increasing abilities of medicine raise fundamental value questions of how society should use these abilities and how much of them society can afford to use. The very success of medicine has made its practice morally complex.

Dr. Baruch Brody retired from Baylor in July 2012. In August 2012, Dr. Paul Klotman appointed Amy L. McGuire, J.D., Ph.D. as the new director of the center. As director, Dr. McGuire is committed to building upon the strong foundation that the founding members of the center laid down, as well as continuing to develop the core missions of the center to create a nationally recognized center of excellence.

The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine is located in the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. Today, our center comprises 15 primary faculty members, three of whom hold endowed positions, and over 30 administrative, research, and clinical ethics staff, located on the main Baylor campus. Our faculty have expertise in diverse disciplines including medical humanities, philosophy, religious studies, law, clinical ethics, medicine, social science, and health policy.