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.)
Available to participate via online or through conference call, contact our office for details.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 (Noon - 1:00 PM):

"Health Care: What Do Other Countries Do?" 
Moderator: David Bennahum, MD
Click to download the flyer

Articles to read, please click on the following link:
1. 5 Myths About Health Care Around the World by: T.R. Reid, Washington Post, 8/23/2009
2. Health Care Systems, Four Basic Models, an excerpt by T.R. Reid, Physicians for A National Health Program, 2010
3. Republicans are in Denial on Health Care, Editorial, NYTimes, 12/23/2016
4. Care for the Vulnerable vs. Cash for the Powerful — Trump’s Pick for HHS, by Sherry A. Glied, Ph.D., and Richard G. Frank, Ph.D., NEJM, 12/21/2016
5. How Can the United States Spend its Health Care Dollars Better? by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD JAMA. 2016;316(24):2604-2606 12/27/2016
6. US Spending on Personal Health Care and Public Health, 1996-2003 by Joseph L. Dieleman, PhD1; Ranju Baral, PhD2; Maxwell Birger, BS1; et al,  JAMA. 2016;316(24):2627-264 12/27/2016

Please Note: Articles 4-6, require a subscription to that specific journal or are accessible via HSLIC to UNM employees and students. These may be accesible to the public by going to the Health Science library (HSLIC) in person.

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


Recently published book, "Dealing with Doctors, Denial, and Death," by Aroop Mangalik, M.D., Associate of the Institute and retired professor, Internal Medicine, addresses issues involving serious illness and making tough decisions. The book is written to empower patients and families to make decisions that are best for themselves when faced with a life-changing or life threatening illness. It is now available for pre-order by clicking this link: Rowman & Littlefield

John P. Gluck, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, UNM and Research Professor, Kennedy Institute for Ethics, Georgetown University wrote the recently published book: "Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals: A Primate Scientist's Ethical Journey (Animal Lives)"  It is currently available to order through: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

We are delighted to announce that SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s College of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Public Health is saluting Dr. David A. Bennahum, Internal Medicine Professor Emeritus and Institute for Ethics Scholar in Residence, with an honorary Doctor of Science degree. He is being recognized for his dedication and contributions to medicine, medical ethics, and community health. Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York will bestow this honor during the Commencement ceremony, May 2017, at Carnegie Hall in New York.

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

Awardees (who applied fall 2016) will be announced in January 2017. Applications will be accepting again in the fall of 2017.

Hakim Bellamy, Inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque