Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care

David Barnard, PhDDavid Barnard is the inaugural holder of the Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care in the Center for Ethics at OHSU, and Assistant Vice Provost for Interprofessional Education.  Dr. Barnard received his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1970, and an M.A. in Comparative History from Brandeis University in 1971.  He received an M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) from Harvard Divinity School in 1976, and a Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Harvard University in 1980.  In 2006, he received a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Prior to Dr. Barnard’s appointment at OHSU, he was Professor at the Center for Bioethics and Health Law at The University of Pittsburgh, where he served as the founding Director of the Institute to Enhance Palliative Care from 2003 to 2010.  From 1991 to 1999 he was University Professor of Humanities and Chairman of the Department of Humanities at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, the first Department of Humanities ever established at any medical school.

Dr. Barnard is an authority on the integration of the humanities into the education of health professionals, and has published and lectured extensively on ethical issues at the end of life; hospice and palliative care; suffering, meaning, and hope; and health and human rights.  He is the co-editor, with William R. Rogers, of Nourishing the Humanistic in Medicine: Interactions with the Social Sciences, and, with S. Kay Toombs and Ronald A. Carson, of Chronic Illness: From Experience to Policy. Crossing Over: Narratives of Palliative Care, coauthored with Anna Towers, Patricia Boston, and Yanna Lambrinidou, was published by Oxford University Press in 2000.  He served as Area Editor for Death and Dying for the 3rd edition of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics.


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