Welcome to UCSF Bioethics
Welcome to UCSF Bioethics

An interdisciplinary community of clinicians, researchers, and educators addressing ethical questions in health and biomedical research.

UCSF Bioethics connects faculty, staff, students, and trainees from across UCSF, creating a protected space for moral reflection that spans the university’s professional schools and health system. Faculty members conduct original research and policy analysis on a wide range of topics. They consult on moral and ethical concerns while embedded within bioscience or clinical projects. They devise strategies to effectively incorporate patient and citizen input into ongoing governance of science, clinical practice, and public health practice. And they provide a Research Ethics Consultation Service and direct educational programs for UCSF’s four professional schools.

In all of these settings, our faculty members seek to answer this question: How can we ensure the ethical use of our ever-expanding technological prowess?

Upcoming Event: Ethics in the Age of AI Health Monitoring

UCSF Bioethics, the UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, and the UCSF/UC Berkeley Joint Program in Computational Precision Health are excited to present a discussion between Anita Ho, PhD, MPH and Ida Sim, MD, PhD on remote health monitoring and artificial intelligence ethics using case studies from Dr. Ho’s new book, Live Like Nobody Is Watching: Relational Autonomy in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Health Monitoring

Anita Ho, PhD, MPH is a bioethicist and health services researcher with a unique combined academic training and experience in philosophy, clinical/organizational ethics, public health, and business. Anita is Associate Professor at the UCSF Bioethics Program and Clinical Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. She is also the Vice President of Ethics (Northern California Division) for CommonSpirit Health. Between 2014 and 2017, Anita was Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Ethics Education at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore School of Medicine.

Ida Sim, MD, PhD is Professor of Medicine and Computational Precision Health, UCSF Director of the UCSF UC Berkeley Joint Program in Computational Precision Health, UCSF first Chief Research Informatics Officer, and a practicing primary care physician.
Dr. Sim’s research focuses on the technology and policies for large-scale data sharing of health data. She co-founded Open mHealth, a nonprofit organization that defines the IEEE global open standard for patient-generated health data interoperability. Her current research develops new methods for integrating smartphone and sensor data for management of multiple chronic conditions in primary care.
Dr. Sim is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, is a recipient of the United States Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Thursday, September 28th, 2023
4:00-5:00pm, reception to follow

Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall
600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158
And via Zoom

Faculty Spotlight: Susanne Martin Herz, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics,
Division of Developmental Medicine
Institute for Global Health Sciences

Dr. Susanne Martin Herz has two main streams of scholarly work; one on the prevention/amelioration of neonatal brain injury and developmental disability, neurodevelopmental assessment across contexts, and the epidemiology of developmental disabilities in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), and the other related to clinical program development, quality improvement and health system strengthening. She was a consultant on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from 2016-2020 and a technical advisor on an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) health systems strengthening project in 2018-2019. She is a current member of the World Health Organization's Nurturing Care Framework Implementation Working Group and the American Academy of Pediatrics' Global Early Childhood Development Project Advisory Committee, and was recently selected to the World Health Organization Brain Health Unit's Roster of Consultants.

Clinically, Dr. Martin Herz is the Transbay Medical Director for the Division of Developmental Medicine. She sees patients in the Intensive Care Nursery Follow-up Program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco and its satellites, as well as at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she is active in the assessment and management of young children with developmental delay, concern for autism spectrum disorder or behavior concerns.

Dr. Martin Herz completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and UCSF. She completed a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, a PhD in Psychology at the University of Washington and a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics in 2011. She joined the faculty at UCSF in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Developmental Medicine in 2014 and is Affiliate Faculty in both the UCSF Bioethics and the Institute for Global Health Sciences.

Past Faculty Spotlights:
July 2023 - Alissa Bernstein Sideman, PhD, MPH, MA
May 2023 - Dina Wallin, MD, FACEP
March 2023 - Brian Block, MD