Department of Biomedical Ethics

Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research–Hyderabad


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Prof. DeenDayal B. Reddy, B.Sc (India), MS, MA, PhD (USA)

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Professor & HoD Biomedical Ethics
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 91+040-2326-5555 OR call Administrative Staff: 040-2328-5029


Dr.G. Surender Reddy MBBS MD (Forensic Medicine)

Professor & HoD of Forensic Medicine


Dr. Sairam Challa MBBS MD (Community Medicine)

Associate Professor Community Medicine


Dr. L Pratima MBBS MS (Ophthalmology)

Senior Resident, Ophthalmology


Dr. M. Prashanth MD(Forensic Medicine & Toxicology)

Associate Professor
Forensic Medicine


Prof. Sumana Sen MBBS MD (Pharmacology)

Professor Pharmacology


Dr. Kavitha Chintala, MD, FACC, FASE (General Medicine)

Consultant Pediatric Cardiologist
Apollo Heart Institute, 
Apollo Hospitals,


Dr. Dilip Mathai MBBS MD PhD FCAMS  FRCP  (Lond) 
                                        FICP FIDSA  Hon. FFTM RCPS (Glasg)

Dean, Professor of Medicine and Adult Infectious diseases


Ms. Swathi Sree

Administrative Staff
Phone: 91+040-2328-5029


Important Announcement from the DEAN: We are pleased to inform that AIMSR in Hyderabad, now hosts one of the very few Biomedical Ethics Departments, in a medical college, in the country. It is staffed with qualified faculty, under the wing of Professor DeenDayal Reddy—USA trained and one of the few qualified ‘Bioethicians’ in India.
Aristotle first used the term ethics to name a field of study developed by his predecessors Socrates and Plato. According to them, ethics is the attempt to offer a rational response to the question of how humans should best live. Biomedical Ethics, like its parent discipline, is about morality and life. Morality concerns about right and wrong actions and good and bad persons. It would be difficult to imagine moral issues more important—more closely gathered around the line between life and death, health and illness, pain and relief, hope and despair—than those addressed by bio-ethics. The aim of the Biomedical Ethics Department then is offer a systematic instruction in ethics and expose students to the ethical dilemmas likely to be faced in everyday clinical practice, which are challenging even for those with several years of clinical experience.

The department proposes to offer a three-phase exposure to biomedical ethics, thus providing a solid foundation to our medical and allied health students at AIMSR, Hyderabad. At first, all 3rd year students will undergo a semester long didactic on the theoretical aspects of biomedical ethics. Next, the same students, in the fourth year, will undertake a group study on a selected (bioethics) topic and produce an academic paper. Finally, all those who successfully complete the first two phases, will engage in identifying, analysing and writing an ethics consultation report, based on an actual case-study encountered during their ICU/Hospital ‘rounds.’ Based on students’ work-load, the last two phases maybe combined upon request.

During regular class sessions, the following topics, among others, will be studied and discussed in detail:

  • Moral theories in bioethics
  • Paternalism and patient autonomy
  • Truth-telling and confidentiality
  • Informed consent and human research
  • Abortion
  • Reproductive technology – ART/IVF
  • Genetic choices
  • Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide (PAS)
  • Justice and healthcare
  • Allocation of healthcare resources

The response to these classes has been overwhelming. Many students have since ​volunteered to take up independent projects, ​to advance their own knowledge on the ethical-state-of-affairs, ​in their own and in the ​surrounding communities. Some of these​ projects include​:

  • Management of post-operative pain (a retrospective study)
  • Practice of aseptic techniques in-between patients (an observational study)
  • Storage temperature of medicines on the pharmacy shelves (a randomized study)
  • Knowledge, ​attitude and ​awareness about the ​principles o​f m​edical e​thics,​ between medical ​professionals a​nd ​medical s​students (a comparative study)


From The Desk of The Department Head

Dear present and prospective students:
This is a pedagogic course in biomedical ethics, a type of applied ethics and moral theory. For the present, the required text for the course is Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Casesby Lewis Vaughn (copies are available in the library). In addition, there will be links to other writings and lectures (by world famous philosophers) on particular topics throughout the course.
A syllabus* will be posted on this Webpage every year before the beginning of Fall semester.
We will use current case studies and primary source readings highlighting central theories, issues, and problems in bioethics, generally, and biomedical ethics, specifically. Bioethical concerns including the right to live and die, paternalism versus autonomy and the patient’s bill of rights, biomedical experimentation and research, reproductive technologies, social and institutional justice, and healthcare duties, responsibilities, and relationships. Rudimentary aspects of normative ethics, metaethics, and applied ethics will be considered. For this course, 4 semester credits have been assigned.
No previous knowledge of ethical or moral theory or bioethical dilemmas is required for this course. Students will be introduced to elements of moral theory, ethics, and logical argumentation. Once this framework is in place, students will have the tools to evaluate arguments on all sides of a controversial issue as well as construct reasoned and thoughtful analysis of their own positions. The topics covered in this course are generally controversial, morally unsettling, and often emotionally charged. One of the key tasks of the course, then, is to enable students to analyse and argue within the philosophical framework of ethical theory without committing typical logical fallacies (ad hominem, appeals to emotion, straw-manning, and begging the question which are common to political debates). This course also introduces students to new research in clinical medicine and ongoing developments in law.
The students are expected review the syllabus before every week and come prepared to take tests and other reading assignments. Everything relevant to your weekly assignments will also be posted in this Webpage, under the Home-Work tab.
I look forward to an interesting semester working with you all on some very difficult issues that real people face every day in their lives. Each week we will use the discussion forums to explore these issues. I should like to believe that if you are taking this course you are concerned and interested in these debates. And I am sure that we can benefit greatly from talking about them with one another.
Please feel free to reach out any one of the staff members in the department of bioethics. I am also available through email and you may reach me at [email protected]. Use it!
Prof. DeenDayal Reddy
[email protected]
PS. Please note that “Biomedical Ethics” course is compulsory for all MBBS students. A passing score of 80% in biomedical ethics is required! This initiative is supported by the leadership of AIMSR and the latest MCI/ICMR guidelines.



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