I am a physician, expert in internal medicine and a full professor of medical education in the School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, where I teach medical ethics to medical students in the past twenty- two years.
My research area is “bioethics”. My focus is the intersections among clinical issues, social history, and fundamental questions, mainly those related to dignity, autonomy, and agency.
I have authored three other monographs, one on human dignity and human rights and two on Jewish medical ethics and law.
Currently I am working on the ethics of vaccination, especially adolescents and children, the history of children’s institutions and the regulation of pregnancy, childbirth, and baby-care in the early years of Israel, and the evolution of “Imago Dei / Human Dignity” as a moral ethos.
Together with Dr. Oren Asman, Dept. of Nursing, we run a bi-weekly seminar for graduate students, open to other students and scholars. This seminars are the main activity of the Medical Ethics and Law Initiative, Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
In the School of Medicine, I am working on curriculum development following UNESCO’s core curriculum and on the skills of moral deliberation.
Barilan, YM, Human dignity, human rights and responsibility: the new language of global bioethics ad bio-law. Cambridge (MA): MIT Press, 2012. 301 pages (monograph)
Barilan YM, Jewish bioethics: rabbinic law and theology in their social and historical contexts. Cambridge University Press, 2014. 252 pages (monograph)
Barilan YM. Medical Ethics in Judaism: History, Halakhah and Israeli Law. Magnes 2019 [Hebrew] 512 pages (monograph)
Barilan, YM, Brusa M. and Ciechanover A. (eds.) Can Personalized Medicine be Precise; Can Precision Medicine be Personal. Oxford University Press. 2022.
I am responsible for the ESLA (Ethics Social and Legal Aspects) research team in an ERA perMED project on personalized medicine and patients with glioblastoma (2022-2024).
I am co- editing a special issue of VACCINES on vaccine acceptance.
Academic Director and book editor, Ethics in Personalized Medicine, an international workshop, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 2019-2022
There are three PhD candidates working on home birth and traditional / alternative practices of childbirth.
One PhD candidate is working on Jewish Law in relation to genetic testing.
One master student is working on the question of brain-death in Jewish law.
One PhD candidate is working on the quantitative and qualitative conceptualization of the “burden of care” on patients with chronic diseases.
One master student is working on virtue ethics in relation to the emergent discourse of “personalized medicine”.
Past graduate students and fellows:
Dr. J. Lehman, PhD dissertation on the philosophy of mind in relation to hearing loss and cognition.
Dr. R. Shani, PhD dissertation on the history of early genetic testing for non-medical purposes (gender verification in sport, crime control).
Dr. D. Shulziner, post doc fellow in political science.
Dr. S. Zuckerman, post doc fellow in medical law and ethics
Dr. M. Garasic, post doc fellow in medical ethics
Prof. M. Spranzi, visiting fellow, bioethics
Member, Hospital Ethics Committee, Meir Hospital, Israel. (2003-2008)
Member, Board of the Israel Society for Palliative Medicine and its Committee for drafting its code of ethics and practice guidelines. (2003-2008)
Member, National Committee on the regulation of late abortion in Israel. (2006-2007)
Member, Ethics Committee, EuroCancerComs, European Project (2009-2011)
Member, National Committee on Workers’ Health, Israel. (2010-2011)
Consultant, first three workshops in ethics, International Commission of Military Medicine (ICMM), Zurich, and head of the research ethics arm, COST Program in Ethics in Disaster Medicine. (2010-2014)
Founding Senior Fellow. Safra Center for Ethics, Buchman Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. (2011-2015).
Member, Advisory Expert Committee to UNESCO and The International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT) on bioethics to the judiciary. (2015-2017)
Other titles / qualifications
Training and certification in medical hypnosis by the Milton Erickson Foundation and the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (1995-1997). Israeli License to practice medical hypnosis (1996).
European Master in Bioethics (University of Leuven) 2003
Laurea in Chirurgia and Medicina, University of Cagliari 2015
Habilitation (ASN 2016) in the Italian Academic System
in Medicine 06/A2 (Prima