The Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) is a joint program sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School and the Ann Arbor VA, and is co-directed by Drs. Angela Fagerlin and Scott Kim. It is a multidisciplinary unit that integrates bioethics with key social science disciplines, bringing together in one entity research, education, policy work, and service. CBSSM attracts scholars from across departmental and disciplinary boundaries and in so doing, provides fertile ground for new synergies.  The primary research interests of CBSSM faculty focus on five overarching themes: (1) clinical and research ethics, (2) health communication and decision making, (3) medicine and society, (4) health, justice and community, and (5) genomics, health and society.   

To contact CBSSM, call (734) 615-8377 or email [email protected].

Working Groups at CBSSM:

The Program in Health Communication and Decision Making (PIHCD) Working Group explores topics related to understanding and improving patient decision making about medical issues. 

The Bioethics Working Group (BWG) is a bioethics focused "lab meeting" with an aim to promote an intellectual community of bioethics scholars at UM. 

For more information about the working groups, see


CBSSM has moved to the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC).  We are located in Building 16, which is just off Plymouth Road across from Kroger.  Our new address is:

2800 Plymouth Road

Building 16, Rm. 430W

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Phone: 734-615-8377

In 2012-13 CBSSM will again offer its biweekly seminars.  Look for interesting talks presented by both U-M investigators as well as from other institutions.  Watch our events page for more details at 

Center Highlights