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Op-Ed: COVID-19 Makes Clear That Bioethics Must Confront Health Disparities

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With some reluctance, I've come to the sad realization the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stress test for bioethics, a field of study that intersects medicine, law, the humanities, and the social sciences. As both a physician and medical ethicist, I arrived at this conclusion after spending months at what was once the epicenter of the pandemic: New York City. I was overseeing a 24/7 bioethics consultation service.

I work in a nationally ranked academic medical center in Manhattan. As it did with all hospitals in New York City, COVID-19 put ...