Center for Practical Bioethics names Richard Payne, MD, John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics

Richard Payne, MD, an internationally known palliative care physician has been named the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics. The Center, established in 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri, is a national leader in applied bioethics.

Dr. Payne also serves as the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. He holds a joint appointment in the Divinity and Medical Schools at Duke University, and will retain those affiliations as he joins the Center. Dr. Payne will hold the endowed Chair at the Center for Practical Bioethics which was established by the Francis Family Foundation in 2005 in honor of John B. Francis, philanthropist and long-time friend and board member of the Center. Requirements of the Chair include distinguished accomplishments and commitment to the practical application of ethics to the biological and population sciences, medicine, and related fields, as well as public policy. Dr. Payne is an internationally known expert in neurology, oncology, pain management and palliative care, and bioethics, and has more than 275 publications in these fields. In addition, he has edited four books and provided numerous endowed lectures throughout the country.

In making the announcement, John Carney, president of the Center for Practical Bioethics stated that Dr. Payne had worked closely with the Center for decades. “We have long admired Dr. Payne as a superb patient advocate, scholarly and compassionate physician and researcher, and insightful and compassionate visionary in medicine. He epitomizes what John B. Francis stood for and we are delighted to have him join our team.” Carney acknowledged that Dr. Payne’s work in health disparities aligns closely with the Center’s strengths in community-based approaches to ethical issues. “Our high regard for Richard prompted us to name him our 2013 Vision to Action awardee last fall immediately prior to his being considered for this position.” Dr. Payne will receive the award at the Center’s annual dinner and symposium on April 9, 2013.”

Dr. Payne received his B.A in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, 1973 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, 1977. He completed post-graduate training in medicine at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston (1979); in neurology at the Cornell Campus of the New York Presbyterian Hospital (1982); and fellowship training in pharmacology, neuro-oncology and pain medicine at Weill Cornell Medical School and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City (1984). He was a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Minority Medical Faculty Development Program (now called The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program, 1981-1984). He is board certified in neurology with added qualifications in pain management and palliative medicine.

Dr. Payne said, “I am delighted to be a part of the Center, and particularly honored to be appointed to the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics, having long admired the work of the Center in ethics and moral reasoning, particularly as it pertains to care for some of most vulnerable of us, those suffering chronic pain, and those near the end of life.  This joint appointment with the Center and Duke University will allow me to personally extend my scholarship in the areas of pain, palliative and end of life care but with a deeper and richer engagement in bioethics.”

Prior to his current appointment at Duke, Dr. Payne was Chief, Pain and Symptom Management Section, Dept. Neurology M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (1992-1998), in Houston, TX, and from 1998-2004 led the Pain and Palliative Care Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where he held the Anne Burnett Tandy Chair in Neurology, and was Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology, Weill Medical College, Cornell University.

At the Duke Medical Center Dr. Payne is as a Faculty Associate of the Trent Center in Bioethics, and a member of the Duke Cancer Center. Dr. Payne is also Faculty Lead for the Collaborative on Healthcare for Aging Populations and Advanced Illnesses (CHAPI), a program in the Duke Fuqua School of Business. At the Duke Divinity School, Dr. Payne was Director of the Duke Institute for Care at the End of Life (2004-2012), and is currently a member of the Ministry Division and Program in Medicine, Theology and Culture. He teaches courses in pastoral care at the end-of-life.

Dr. Payne currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Hastings Bioethics Center, where he also chairs a selection committee for the Hastings Center-Cunniff-Dixon Foundation Physician Excellence Awards in End-of-Life Care. He also serves on medical advisory boards for QRx Pharma and Prolong Pharmaceuticals (board chair), and is a consultant for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.

He is a past chair of the board of directors of the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa (FHSSA), past board member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO); and past Chair of Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship. He has also served on numerous Federal panels at the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine, and has given expert testimony to Congressional Committees and the President’s Cancer Panel in the areas of health disparities, pain management and palliative care. From 2003-2004, Dr. Payne was President of the American Pain Society.

Lectures he has been invited to give include the Jules Rominger Lecture at Mercy Health System in Philadelphia; the Florence M. Lockhart Nimick Lecture at the U. Pittsburgh Medical Center; the Humphrey Oei Distinguished Lecture at the Lien Palliative Care Center-National Cancer Institute in Singapore; the Josephina Magno Lecture at Capital Hospice; and the Rosemary Flanigan Lecture at the the Center for Practical Bioethics. In addition, he has received many awards, among them: the Distinguished Service Award from the American Pain Society, the John J. Bonica Leadership Award from the Eastern Pain Association, the Humanitarian Service Award from the Urban Resources Institute, the Pioneer Award from Operation Rainbow/PUSH, the Excellence in Pain Award from Janssen Pharmaceutical, and the Vision to Action Award from the Center for Practical Bioethics.

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