Department of Medical Humanities
Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics

Matthew D. Weinberg, MB


Office: 215-871-6983

As an assistant professor of Medical Ethics, Matt Weinberg is PCOM's first full-time faculty member in Medical Ethics. He is responsible for teaching medical ethics in all of PCOM’s programs, including Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Physician Assistant (M.S.), Forensic Medicine (M.S.) and Psychology (masters and doctoral programs).

In addition to working with clinical students in all disciplines during their clerkship years he will also work with PCOM’s Clinical Learning & Assessment Center to strengthen the connection between the professionalism taught in didactic sessions and its evaluation in the standardized patient program.

Before joining PCOM’s faculty Mr. Weinberg was a Bioethicist at the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH); from 2003-2008 he was responsible for the Research Ethics Program and from 2008-2011 he worked in the Office of Policy. Prior to that he was a Clinical Ethicist from 1998-2003. His work as a Clinical Ethicist included policy development, providing educational programs, performing clinical ethics consultations and training the ethics committees at Phoenixville Hospital and Lower Bucks Hospital.

Mr. Weinberg has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in bioethics at Temple University, Philadelphia University, Pennsylvania State University, Arcadia University, Widener University and at the University of St. Francis. From 1991 to 1998 he was a paramedic and worked in Sacramento, Chicago and the Philadelphia area.

  • Education

    Mr. Weinberg has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from California State University (Sacramento) and was the first graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s in Bioethics program. As part of his Master’s program he completed a clinical ethics internship at the Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, New York) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

  • Courses

    • Advanced Ethics, Health Policy & Multicultural Competency in Medical Settings (CPSY 803)
    • Bioethics in Professional Practice (FMED 505)
    • Delivering Bad News (Diagnosis) Simulation & Seminar (M3 Rotation)
    • Delivering Bad News (End-of-Life) Simulation & Seminar (M4 Rotation)
    • Disclosing Medical Errors Simulation & Seminar (M2 PET)
    • Ethics & Professionalism Seminar (Clinical Psychology Internship)
    • Ethics & Professionalism Seminar (Educational Specialist Internship)
    • Ethics & Professionalism Seminar (School Psychology Internship)
    • Obtaining Informed Consent Simulation & Seminar (M3 Rotation)
    • Palliative Care Course (M3 Rotation)
    • Preventive & Community-Based Medicine (DO 238)
    • Medicine, Law and Health Care Ethics (PHYA 515)

  • Publications

    Weinberg, M. (2002). Medical Professionalism and the Role of State Medical Boards. Journal of Medical Licensure & Discipline. 88:146-154

    Weinberg, M. (2000). Caring for our Patients. The EMS Prospectus. Summer: 1-8.

    Weinberg, M. (1999). Suspected Medicine Theft by a Co-Worker: What Role Should a Nurse Play? Advance for Nurses. 1(2): 6.

    Weinberg, M. (2002). The Right-to-Die. In Encyclopedia of Death and Dying. New York, New York: Macmillan Reference.

    Weinberg, M. (Ed.) (2001). Medical Ethics: Applying Theories and Principles to the Patient Encounter. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books.

    Weinberg, M. & McGee, G. (1998). The Art, Science and Business of Medicine. In Encyclopedia Americana. Danbury, Connecticut: Grolier.

    McGee, G. & Weinberg, M. (1996). Assisted Suicide to Managed Care: A Year in Review. In Encyclopedia Americana. Danbury, Connecticut: Grolier.

    Weinberg, M. (1998, August 25). Life's Final Decisions. Philadelphia Inquirer. A9

  • Memberships

    American Society for Bioethics & Humanities