1992 - Van McCrary, PhD, JD, MPH

Advisor:

William J. Winslade, J.D., PhD.

Dissertation Title:

Dwelling in the Shadow: Physicians' Decision Making for Terminally Ill Patients

Current Position and Address:

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine
Division of Medicine in Society
SUNY - School of Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8036
phone: 631-444-8029
fax: 631-444-7525
email: smccrary@notes.cc.sunysb.edu

Van McCrary is Associate Professor in the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics, Department of Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, New York.  In 1992 he earned a Ph.D. in the Medical Humanities Graduate Program in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, UTMB Galveston.  Other degrees include an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University, a J.D. from the University of Tennessee, and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.  His previous academic experience includes appointments at Baylor College of Medicine; University of Houston Law Center; University of Florida College of Medicine; University of Copenhagen, Denmark; and East Carolina University School of Medicine; as well as two years in the private practice of law.

Dr. McCrary teaches, researches, writes, and consults in a variety of areas including clinical biomedical ethics, ethical and legal aspects of the care of dying patients, medical decision making, health law and policy, ethical issues in neonatology, psychiatric advance directives, conflicts of interest in biomedical research, and psychiatric issues in bioethics consultation.  He has published widely in both medical and legal journals, and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences.  He also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Ethics and Law, University of Copenhagen.  In 2006 as a Visiting Scholar, Dr. McCrary presented the Gheens Foundation Lecture in Humanism at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. In 2010, he was the recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for lecturing and program assessment in New Zealand on pediatric health law and policy, and clinical ethics consultation.  Source:  http://www.stonybrook.edu/bioethics/mccrary.shtml.

In July 2014 he was elected as a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) by their Board of Directors.  Below is an excerpt from their website, http://www.nyam.org/fellows-members/, that has more details about NYAM Fellows and their role:

“Fellows: The Core of NYAM's Strength. NYAM Fellows embody the highest levels of achievement and leadership in the fields of urban health, science, social work, nursing, education, law, medicine and research. Fellows are an elite group of health professionals of the utmost distinction who, taken together, comprise a body of knowledge, expertise and commitment that is the foundation of NYAM's strength. They are leaders in thought, action and vision who have dedicated their lives and careers to working to improve the health of the public.”

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