Department of

History and Philosophy of Science

Jason Byron

Contact Information

Department of History and Philosophy of Science
University of Pittsburgh
1017 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Department of Medical Ethics and Supportive Care
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Shadyside Hospital
223 North Tower
5230 Center Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Primary Research Interests

  • Philosophy of biology
  • General philosophy of science
  • Medical ethics

Secondary Research Interests

  • History of philosophy of science
  • History of biology & medicine



University of Pittsburgh:

Non-Degree Graduate Study:

University of Maryland:

  • B.A. (Honors), Philosophy, 2004.
    • Thesis: Speciation and Natural Selection: Does Darwin's Theory Explain the Origin of Species?
    • Advisor: Lindley Darden.

Honors & Awards


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Please Note: My surname changed from Baker to Byron in August 2006; publications prior to that date appear with my old name.

Other Publications

  • (2002): Letter to the Editor, The Nation, 14 October. [pdf reprint]
  • (2006): Review of The Case of the Female Orgasm, History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 28, pp. 487-8. [pdf reprint]

  • (In prep.): Adaptation and Species Selection. [draft available, comments welcome]
  • (In prep.): Modeling Bacterial Evolution. [draft available, comments welcome]
  • (In prep.): Defining Health. [draft available, comments welcome]
  • (In prep.): Disorders of Sexual Development. [draft available, comments welcome]

Professional Presentations

Professional Service

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor, Ethical Issues in Palliative Care, University of Pittsburgh Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, May-June 2013 [self-designed course].

  • Instructor, Ethics in Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, August 2012 [discussion leader].

  • Clinical Instructor, Ethics Elective Rotation, University of Pittsburgh Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, April 2012 [clinical rotation supervision].

  • Instructor, Principles of Scientific Reasoning, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2011. [self-designed course]

  • Teaching Assistant (for Paolo Palmieri), Magic, Medicine, and Science, University of Pittsburgh, Spring 2010. [four discussion sections]

  • Teaching Assistant (for Sandra Mitchell), Morality and Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2009. [four discussion sections]

  • Instructor, Introduction to Scientific Reasoning, Indiana University, Spring 2006. [self-designed course]

  • Teaching Assistant (for Sander Gliboff), Evolution, Religion, and Society, Indiana University, Fall 2005. [two discussion sections]

Clinical Experience

Manager / Head of Department, Department of Medical Ethics and Supportive Care, UPMC Shadyside, 2012-present.

Clinical Crisis Coordinator / Medical Ethics Intern, UPMC Shadyside, 2010-2012.

Professional Associations

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