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Dr. Patrick D. Herron, D.Be.

Patrick D. Herron, D.Be.

Associate Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Director, Bioethics

Co-Director, Introduction to Clinical Medicine Program

Director of Operations, Ruth L. Gotessman Clinical Skills Center

Professional Interests

Dr. Herron is Director of Bioethics Education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an Associate of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics.. He also serves as Director of Operations and Educational Programming for Einstein's Ruth L. Gottesman Clinical Skills Center. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Social Medicine and holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health.  Previously he worked for the Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services in NYC and at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Herron completed his Doctor of Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago and his Master of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Herron is Course Director for Bioethics I and Bioethics II. He and other bioethics faculty facilitate clinical ethics case conferences in the Pediatrics and Medicine Clerkships and he participates as one of volunteer faculty on behalf of the Einstein-Cardozo Masters of Bioethics program. In additon to Bioethics education, Dr. Herron teaches in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine program, Introductory Basic Science course, and the Molecular & Cellular Foundations of Medicine course. He is a member of the Montefiore Bioethics Committee; Course Directors Committee; and Faculty Development Task Force. Dr. Herron has served previously as a member of the Medical Education Council's Executive Committee; Clinical Prevention & Population Health Task Force; Einstein's Foundational Sciences Design Team of the Curriculum Design Executive Committee; Learning Management System Task Force; LCME Planning Committee and the Anatomy Relocation Task Force.

In 2015, Dr. Herron was awarded the Vivien T. Thomas Award by Einstein's Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society and was selected as a faculty inductee by the student members. Dr. Herron was inducted into the Leo M. Davidoff Society in 2017 and selected by the graduating class of 2017 to receive the Samuel M. Rosen Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Herron is an active member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care (APHC). He has served on the APHC Board of Directors since 2017 and as APHC's Social Media Chair since 2014.

Scholarly interests include: Medical Education; Bioethics; Clinical Ethics; Professional Identity Formation; Inter-professionalism education; Social Media and Educational Technologies; Standardized Patient Education; Cultural Competency; Sexuality Issues; Violence Prevention; LGBTQ Health; Special Education; Disability Rights and Education; Integrative Medicine; Complementary & Alternative Medicine; Clinical Prevention and Population Health; Faculty Development; Patient Advocacy; and Service Learning.

Selected Publications

Who's misbehaving? Perceptions of unprofessional social media use by medical students and faculty. Kitsis, EA, Milan FB, Cohen HW, Myers D, Herron P, McEvoy M, Weingarten J, Grayson MS. BMC Med Educ. 2016 Feb 18; 16(1):67. doi.10.1186/s12909-016-0572-x.

Herron PD.

PMID: 26887561 [PubMed]

Ethical Implications of Social Stigma Associated with the Promotion and Use of Pre-Exposure Prophlaxis for HIV Prevention. LGBT Health. 2016 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2014.0114.

Herron PD.

PMID: 26859191 [PubMed]

Opportunities and ethical challenges for the practice of medicine in the digital era. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2015 Jun;8(2):113-7. doi. 10.1007/s12178-015-9264-0.

Herron PD.

PMID: 25786848 [PubMed]

Interprofessional student education: exchange program between Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Explore (NY). 2012 Nov;8(6):377-81. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2012.08.012.

PMID:23141796 [PubMed - in process]

Ethical perspectives: opioid treatment of chronic pain in the context of addiction. Clin J Pain. 2002 Jul-Aug;18(4 Suppl):S99-107.

PMID: 12479260 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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