Rebecca B. Yarrison, PhD
Assistant Professor, UK Program for Bioethics
Departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Philosophy, and College of Nursing
Medical Science Building MS-583
800 Rose Street
Lexington KY 40536-0298
Rebecca Yarrison, PhD, serves as assistant professor for the Program for Bioethics in the Department of Internal Medicine with cross appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Philosophy and the College of Nursing. Dr. Yarrison graduated with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in philosophy. She did her graduate work at Rice University in Houston and earned her PhD in philosophy after completing the biomedical ethics track, which is a joint program between Rice and Baylor College of Medicine. She also received a graduate certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality from Rice. Before coming to UK, Dr. Yarrison was assistant professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics at Baylor College of Medicine, where she co-coordinated the Ethics Program at the Methodist Hospital, Texas Medical Center.
Dr. Yarrison's faculty role at UK is clinical ethicist and educator. As a clinical ethicist, she is responsible for providing clinical ethics consultation, training volunteer ethics consultants and supporting clinical activities with ethics-related expertise. Support for clinical activities includes rounding with various medical teams and participation in policy development and working groups that confront ethics issues. As an educator, it is her role to provide healthcare ethics education at all levels - from undergraduate students to physician faculty. This includes undergraduate teaching; participation in medical, nursing and other health profession training programs; medical resident and fellow education; and providing continuing medical education in ethics for physicians and hospital staff.
In addition, Dr. Yarrison is the faculty coordinator for Schwartz Center Rounds at all three UK HealthCare sites and is the Founder and Director for the new Kentucky Healthcare Ethics Consortium (KYHEC), a statewide initiative to provide ethics-related networking, training and resources to all Kentucky healthcare institutions.