Who We Are

The Alden March Bioethics Institute (AMBI) of Albany Medical College is an internationally known leader in the growing field of bioethics. The multidisciplinary center focuses on education, research and clinical consultation. In addition to professors, physicians, and other experienced clinicians affiliated with Albany Medical Center and Albany Medical College, our faculty includes professors from Albany Law School and other experts in the Capital Region Community. More information about the Institute may be found on the AMBI Web site.

The Institute is named for Alden March, MD, who founded Albany Medical College in 1839. March was a distinguished 19th century surgeon and innovative professor of anatomy, who also co-founded the American Medical Association. The institute was established in 1993 as the Center for Medical Ethics Education and Research, under the direction of John A. Balint, MD. Over the next decade, medical school established classes in medical ethics, provided clinical consultation services, and engaged in several original research efforts.

Today, Institute faculty offer graduating medical students: a distinction in bioethics; an expansion of clinical consultation service; ongoing graduate resident education resources; and continued research in the field of bioethics, medical ethics, and professionalism. Over the last several years AMBI has offered an online master’s degree in bioethics as well as advanced graduate certificates in clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation. More information about the Institute’s educational programs may be found at AMBI Educational Programs Internet page.

All instructors for this intensive and interactive seminar on medical ethics and professionalism are faculty and staff from Albany Medical College which include: a law professor who has served as counsel to a medical board and has experience prosecuting professional misconduct cases, an attorney who defends health care professionals accused of professional misconduct, and three practicing physicians--two who are recognized thought leaders and consultants in providing education with standardized patient scenarios and interviews. All have been involved in educating medical students and residents about professionalism and ethics for many years.

Wayne Shelton, PhD, MSW
Course Director
Professor of Medicine

Paul Burcher, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Heather Frenz
Manager, Case Development and Standardized Patient Education
Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center

Henry S. Pohl, MD
Professor of Medicine

Julio A. Sosa, MD, Chair of Medical Education
Vice Dean for Academic Administration
Director, Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center

Evelyn M. Tenenbaum, JD
Professor  - Center for Biomedical Ethics Education and Research
Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Bruce D. White, DO, JD
Professor of Pediatrics
John A. Balint, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics
Director, Alden March Bioethics Institute

More complete biographical information about the faculty may be found on the AMBI Web site Faculty page.