Charles Binkley, MD

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Charles E. Binkley, MD, is the director of Health care and bioethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University after 14 years serving as a practicing hepatobiliary and pancreas surgeon with Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco where he was Chairman of the Medical Center Ethics Committee, President of the Professional Staff, and Chief of Inpatient Quality. He has been an invited speaker at medical centers and hospitals in the United States and internationally, and acted as an ethics consultant to the American Gastroenterological Association. Binkley’s work is focused on professional autonomy, health care quality, and the ethical application and equitable distribution of biotechnology.

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  • "One could argue that there is an ethical obligation to require employees to be vaccinated. We can't really institute this until everybody's had a fair chance to get the vaccine though, until we can ensure that everyone's had an opportunity to access it."

    3 June 2021
  • “It hasn’t lost its luster, or its potential to do good, globally,” said Dr. Charles Binkley, director of Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. “The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will have a huge role to play in getting the world immunized.”

    3 June 2021
  • Ethicists can facilitate physicians obtaining emotional intelligence training or some sort of counseling, with regular check-ins. Ethicists also can give input on disruptive behavior policies. “When behavior is unduly influencing decision-making, you want to be sure that principles of justice, nonmaleficence, and beneficence are being followed,” Binkley says.

    3 June 2021