Samuel Gorovitz, former dean of Arts and Sciences, led in the development of the field of medical ethics. He has also published extensively on other topics in philosophy and public policy. His advice on college governance and on health policy has been widely sought, and he has given more than 200 invited lectures in many countries on five continents.
His publications include more than 130 articles, reviews and editorials in philosophical journals, medical journals, public policy journals, and newspapers. He is a co-author of Philosophical Analysis (Random House, 1964, 1969, 1979), an editor of several anthologies, and author of Doctors’ Dilemmas: Moral Conflict and Medical Care (Oxford, 1985) and Drawing the Line: Life, Death, and Ethical Choices in an American Hospital (Oxford, 1991; Temple 1993).
Since 1988 he has served, by gubernatorial appointment, on the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. He was Dearing-Daly Professor of Bioethics and Humanities at the SUNY Upstate Medical University from 2001-2004. He is Founding Director of the Renée Crown University Honors Program at Syracuse, and for 2004-05 was Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Bioethicist in Residence at Yale. In 2007 he was appointed by New York’s governor to the new Empire State Stem Cell Board, which oversees a $600 million commitment to stem cell research in New York State.