Dr. Ira Bedzow


Ira Bedzow, Ph.D., has joined the College community as assistant professor of medicine and director of the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program. His responsibilities include teaching the first- and second-year biomedical ethics courses which introduce ethical principles and examine the moral bases of decision-making and self-understanding in medicine with complex case studies. He also runs a new master’s program in biomedical ethics at NYMC.

Dr. Bedzow received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, an M.A. in Jewish studies from Touro College, an M.A. in humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Princeton University. Dr. Bedzow is editor-in-chief of the quarterly journal En Route. He is also a senior scholar at the Aspen Center for Social Values, a network of socially minded individuals whose “mission is to leverage the unique assets of the Jewish tradition to promote serious thought about –and to bring a fresh and unique voice to—social and societal challenges that confront the world today.”

“I am very grateful to be working here. The NYMC community is one that embodies the ideals of good medicine and compassionate social values,” said Dr. Bedzow.

“I could not be more pleased to have Dr. Bedzow join our faculty. He is an outstanding scholar and will serve as a role model for faculty and students. He will also help us to leverage the strengths of our university system to promote truly interprofessional education in the health sciences,” said Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education