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?


Faculty Spotlight: Becky Deboer, MD, MA

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology

I am an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UCSF and an attending medical oncologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital (SFGH). My academic background is in bioethics and global health, and I have prior clinical experience working as an oncology clinician at Butaro Hospital in rural Rwanda with the NGO Partners In Health. My research uses implementation science to improve the delivery of high quality, equitable cancer care to patients in diverse settings including in Rwanda, Tanzania, and the public safety net health system in San Francisco. My current projects focus on patient-clinician communication, resource allocation, and clinical practice evaluation and improvement in cancer care. I also teach global health ethics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and medical ethics at the UCSF School of Medicine. Clinically, I have a general oncology clinic and a breast oncology clinic at SFGH.

Past Faculty Spotlights:
Jarmin Yeh, PhD, MPH, MSW
Alex Smith, MD, MS, MPH
Anita Ho, PhD, MPH