The program was founded in 1974 as the Division of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Department of Community Health and Family Medicine at the University of Florida. Funding of the program has been made available by various organizations, including the NIH Endowment for the Humanities, Mrs. Grace H. Osborn, and other private foundations.
In 1990, two faculty members, Ray Moseley, PhD, and Jim Wagner, PhD, MDiv, formed the Florida Bioethics Network. This organization is dedicated to understanding and resolving ethical and legal problems arising in health care and research in Florida’s hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, managed care organizations and teaching institutions.
The program faculty offer a wide variety of expertise in the interdisciplinary world of bioethics, including education and consultation regarding end-of-life issues, stem-cell research, genetic engineering, health care equity, research design, and public policy. They are highly qualified and available daily for students, faculty, patients, and staff.
What We Do
The UF BLMP faculty are dedicated to educating patients and healthcare professionals across Alachua County regarding issues of ethical significance. BLMP faculty participate in UF Health’s advance directives outreach initiative and work to engage faculty and staff, across many disciplines, to raise awareness about the importance of making early healthcare decisions.
The BLMP faculty also staff the Ethics Consult Service for UF Health Shands Hospital. This is a 24/7 on-call service designed to address the needs of patients, their loved ones, and their health care providers when issues of ethical import arise.
To request an ethics consult, call the UF Health operator at 352-265-0111 and ask to speak to the ethics consultant on call, or if you are a UF Health provider, send a Spōk message to the ethics consultant on call by typing in ETHICS into the Spōk system.