UF-VA Bioethics Unit

The UF-VA Bioethics Unit was originally established under the UNESCO Chair and is now under the International Chair in Bioethics that has an agreement with the World Medical Association.

Mission Statement

The mission of the UF-VA Bioethics Unit is to promote the teaching of ethics into everyday clinical teaching.Image of the UF-VA Bioethics Unit


  • Integrate principles of bioethics into daily clinical practice.
  • Increase the visibility of teaching bioethics in the clinical setting.

Proposed Activity framework

The UF-VA Bioethics Unit complements and integrates the UF Bioethics Program and the VA integrated Ethics Program by developing, implementing and measuring the teaching of clinical ethics in clinical settings.

There is no financial arrangement between the World Medical Association, UF or the VA. There is substantial overlap in the objectives of the program, the objectives of the VA and the objectives of UF training programs.  The Director’s role is to develop those areas of overlap synergistically.

The UF-VA Bioethics Unit is supported by a multispecialty volunteer committee of faculty with primary appointments at the VA and UF-Shands.  Included on the Founding Steering Committee are members of the established UF Bioethics and Law and Medical Professionalism, as well as bioethics committee members from UF-Shands and the VA.

Attending our next meeting

Please email cnickerson@ufl.edu to receive a calendar invite for our next Unit meeting. You can dial-in remotely via zoom.

Contact: Joesph (Joe) E. Thornton, M.D.

Joe Thornton

Head of the UF-VA Bioethics Unit of the International Chair of Bioethics,

a World Medical Association Cooperating Center.

Email: joethornton@ufl.edu




Contact: Caroline NickersoCaroline Nickersonn

Executive Assistant, UF-VA Bioethics Unit

Email: cnickerson@ufl.edu

Phone: 407-562-7793