UNM HSC Institute for Ethics
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
917 Vassar Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: (505) 272-4566
Fax: (505) 272-4569


Anne Simpson
Director: Anne R. Simpson, MD, CMD

Advancing Ethics, Education, Service, and Scholarship

50th AnniversaryWelcome to the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Institute for Ethics. The Institute serves as a center for ethics education, service and scholarship at a local, regional and national level, and seeks to fulfill the ethical imperative of respect for persons through its distinctive focus on special populations.

What We Do

We engage with the general public, hospital patients and staff to help provide consultations and guidance with day to day health care inquiries. We are available to help on both a professional and public level to assist the understanding of options, choices, and decisions within a health care setting. We also help with education programs (both for the public and hospital staff). Furthermore, we continually help the advancement of ethics as a whole with research, awareness and advisement.

Who We Serve

The Institute for Ethics provides education, research, clinical care and community outreach - to provide New Mexicans with the highest level of health care.

Brown Bag Ethics Journal Club


First Tuesday of every month
All interested healthcare students, residents, healthcare professionals, faculty members, staff and community members are welcome to join in the discussion!
Held at our office: 917 Vassar Dr. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 (Parking is available in the Mental Health parking lot, please call or email for details.)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 (Noon - 1:00 PM):

"Why does a course of Hepatitis C treatment cost $93,000 in NM and $900 in India?" 
Moderator: David Bennahum, MD
Click to download the flyer

Articles to read, please click on the following link:
1. Albuquerque Journal Editorial: It's cheaper to fly to India than treat Hep C in NM

2. The New England Journal of Medicine The End of Obamacare by Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, Nov 16, 2016

* For those of you not affiliated with UNM, you can obtain article 2 in person at the UNM Health Sciences Library, located on north campus.

The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Social Determinants
The Social Determinants of Healthy Aging Series will not be held in 2016.  We will post upcoming topics as they become available.

View Presentations Online (Includes all archived video recordings of previously held Social Determinants sessions. Topics include millennial perspectives and faith perspectives on aging, long-term care issues, Blue Zones, and transportation, to name a few.)

Sponsored by: UNM HSC Black Health Resource Center, UNM HSC Office of Community Health, UNMH & SOM Biomedical Ethics Committee, HealthInsight NM, Southwest Women’s Law Center, YWCA – Middle Rio Grande, and AARP


David and Judith Bennahum Medical Humanities Travel Fellowship for Medical Students and Physicians in Training

Applications are no longer being accepted for this year. We will announce the finalists in the coming months.

Hakim Bellamy, Inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque