Wayne Shelton, PhD

Professor of Bioethics and Medicine

Portrait photo of Wayne Shelton

Dr. Shelton earned his MA and PhD in Philosophy and Medical Ethics from the University of Tennessee. After teaching ethics and political philosophy at the university level, he completed an MSW with a concentration in health administration and policy and a fellowship in clinical medical ethics in the Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. He has been a faculty member at Albany Medical College and Clinical Ethics Consultant at Albany Medical Center since 1994.

Dr. Shelton has authored or co-authored articles that have appeared in prominent journals, including JAMA, Critical Care Medicine, Academic Medicine, American Journal of Bioethics, and the Journal of Clinical Ethics.

He was the Principal Investigator of a three-year research study in the Surgical ICU at Albany Medical Center that focused on how to improve communication with stressed families at risk for conflict.

He has also been a leader in the online graduate program in bioethics, which began in 2001. Currently he is course director of AMBI 603 Practicum in Clinical Ethics and 604 Onsite Capstone in Clinical Ethics Consultation.

He was in the first cohort of Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certified (HEC-C) Program sponsored by the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), the first effort to certify professional competency in clinical ethics consultation.

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