Mary Lou Dillon

Mary Lou Dillon is a certified bioethicist from a program jointly sponsored by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She earned an M. A. in History from NYU. She is a Distinguished Scholar at the Hastings Institute.

Related Courses

Bioethics in 2021: What Have We Learned So Far?

Since 2007 we at The Collaborative have looked at many ethical challenges in medicine from a policy perspective. In terms of enacting good planning, what have we learned so far? What is the responsibility of the public? Elected officials? The courts? What, if any, kind of flexibility should each constituency be willing to demonstrate to achieve effective policy? NEW!


Basic Bioethics

Bioethics, as we will discuss it, examines the application of technology to healthcare and challenges that have arisen. We will examine factors such as autonomy, resource allocation, constitutional issues, genetic engineering, and death and dying from a public policy perspective.  Class participation is key to the success of this class.


Medicine in the Courts

In today’s world, many health issues are debated in court because the matters that arise are so challenging and oftentimes have little precedent. Are the courts the correct venue? If so, why? If not, what is the appropriate arena? A basic understanding of bioethics is important to dealing with the issues presented. Class participation is key to the success of this class.