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University of Colorado Denver Center for Bioethics and Humanities

Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP

Director of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities

​Dr. Wynia’s training is in internal medicine, infectious diseases, public health and health services research.  He currently splits his time between administrative and research responsibilities at the American Medical Association and the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus.  In July 2015 he will move to Colorado to serve as the full-time Director of the University’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities.
Dr. Wynia co-authored a recently-released discussion paper,"Shared Decision-Making Strategies for Best Care: Patient Decision Aids," for the Institute of Medicine in Washington, DC.  He also was recently interviewed about diagnostic errors on Colorado MattersListen to the story on Colorado Public Radio.
Contact Information:
Phone: Contact Mary Lou Wallace​, Program Assistant at: 303-724-3994
1986, BA, University of Oregon Honors College.
1990, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University, School of Medicine,  Portland, Oregon.
1997, MPH, Harvard University School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. 
Dr. Wynia’s career has included developing a research institute and training programs focusing on bioethics, professionalism and policy issues (the AMA Institute for Ethics) and founding the AMA’s Center for Patient Safety.  His research has focused on novel uses of survey data to inform and improve the practical management of ethical issues in health care and public policy.  He has led projects on a wide variety of topics related to ethics and professionalism, including understanding and measuring the ethical climate of health care organizations and systems; ethics and quality improvement; communication, team-based care and engaging patients as members of the team; defining physician professionalism; public health and disaster ethics; medicine and the Holocaust (with the US Holocaust Memorial Museum); and inequities in health and health care. He has served on committees, expert panels and as a reviewer for the Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Hastings Center, the American Board of Medical Specialties, federal agencies, and other organizations.  
Dr. Wynia is the author of more than 140 published articles, chapters and essays, co-editor of several books, and co-author of a book on fairness in health care benefit design.  His work has been published in JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, and other leading medical and ethics journals, and he is a contributing editor for the American Journal of Bioethics. He has discussed his work as a guest on the BBC, ABC News, and National Public Radio, among others.   
Dr. Wynia is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and has chaired the Ethics Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Ethics Committee of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM).  Until he moves to Colorado in 2015, he will continue caring for patients at the University of Chicago Hospital, where he is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.  Full CV.
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