Richard Payne, MD
John B. Francis Chair
Center for Practical Bioethics
Richard Payne, MD, is the John B. Francis Chair in Bioethics at the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City, Missouri. As of July 1, 2017, he is the Esther Colliflower Professor of Medicine and Divinity (Emeritus) at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. At the Center Dr. Payne is the Medical Director for a pain advocacy program, Pain Alliance to Institute a National Strategy (PAINS) and co-edits PAINS policy and educational briefs. He is also directing projects addressing the ethics of conflict of interest in public-private partnerships, and the role of African-American faith communities in addressing disparities in access to palliative and hospice care, including the role of faith communities in promoting advance care planning. Dr. Payne travels extensively lecturing on bioethics and palliative care for the Center.
Dr. Payne created the Initiative to Improve Palliative Care for African-Americans (IIPCA) in 1999 as a 501c3) organization to promote education and research to improve access to pain management, palliative and end-of-life care for African-American patients. He also directed the creation a palliative care curriculum for clinicians to address the needs of African-American patients (APPEAL), which has been taught widely throughout the country. Dr. Payne created and directed a community-based palliative care program, The Harlem Palliative Care Network to address needs of medically underserved patients and families in New York City. This program eventually created the first inpatient hospice unit for the Harlem community, located in North General Hospital.