Dr. Luciana Garbayo received her MD from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and holds a PhD and MA in Philosophy. She was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas El Paso. Dr. Garbayo then transitioned to teaching at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in the Doctoral Bioethics Program. Her subject matter included Applied Ethics and Public Health. She later went on to work as faculty in Medical Education Reform. During this time period, Dr. Garbayo was also appointed as a visiting scholar at multiple prestigious medical institutions; Yale-Hastings Ethics Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Garbayo joined the University of Central Florida in 2015. She is jointly appointed as an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts & Humanities, Department of Philosophy and the College of Medicine in the Department of Medical Education. Dr. Garbayo is the Longitudinal Curriculum Theme Director for Medical Ethics and Humanities in the M.D. program and is responsible for implementing ethical topics throughout the four-year curriculum. Dr. Garbayo has over 19 years in teaching and student advising experience. Dr. Garbayo has taught ethics and philosophy-based courses in both undergraduate and graduate level programs. She has also advised numerous Masters and Doctoral level students with their program theses. Dr. Garbayo was previously awarded the esteemed Teaching Distinction Award from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro for her work on curriculum development and delivery of the course.


Dr. Garbayo is currently involved in multiple Philosophy-based research projects, some topics include: ethics in the medical practice, prescriptive and descriptive philosophy of medical decision-making medical simulation and future studies and measurement and metrics in epidemiology. She is actively involved in numerous organizations, and has been an elected member of the American Philosophical Association Committee for Hispanics/Latinos and previously held the role of President of the New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society from 2011-2014. Dr. Garbayo speaks fluent Portuguese, Spanish and English and is semi-fluent in French and Italian.


Recent Publications & Presentations

  1. C. M. Sousa, C. Barcellos, A. F. Oliveira,]. Schramm and L. Garbayo. The environmental burden of diarrhea in young children attributable to inadequate sanitation in Brazil. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development Vol 4 No 3 pp 509-520 © IWA Publishing 2014 doi: 10.2166/washdev. 2014.129 American Journal of Molecular Biology 3:248-254.
  2. “Learning health systems and bioethics”, November 10, Yale Faculty Bioethics Journal Club, Yale Medical School.
  3. “Big Data and health learning systems: A utopian vision for public health and healthcare?” November 5th, Yale Whitney Humanities Center.
  4. “Philosophers’ Expert Contribution to Public Health Policy: teasing out and weaving in the representational and interventional normative dimensions of the WHO’s Global Burden of Disease Metrics” October 31, Durham University, Durham Castle, England.
  5. Garbayo, L. (Guest Editor). “Medical Decision-Making in the Context of Medical Education” Theme section, Journal of the Brazilian Association of Medical Education (forthcoming)
  6. Garik, Peter; Garbayo, Luciana S; Benetreau-Dupin, Yann; Winrich, Chuck; Duffy, Andrew; Gross, Nicholas & Jeriwala, Manher. ‘Teaching Teachers the Conceptual History of Physics’ in Science & Education, Contributions of History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science, and Mathematics (forthcoming).
  7. Garbayo, L. “Epistemic considerations on expert disagreement, normative justification and inconsistency regarding multi-criteria decision-making.” Constraint Programming and Decision Making. Studies in Computational Intelligence, Vol. 539, 2014, pp.35-45.
  8. “Modeling, measurement, and ethical constraints: considering alternative approaches to quantifying health and wellbeing in healthcare”, June 19, The Hastings Center, NY.
  9. “A naturalized bridge to virtue epistemology”. April 4th, Presidential Address, New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society.
  10. Garbayo, L. “Proceduralism and implicatures in dialogue: Reflections on improving rational cooperation under bounded reasoning conditions.” Language and Dialogue 2:1 (2012). 2012. vi, 189 pp. (pp. 122-139).
  11. Garbayo, L. “A naturalized bridge to virtue epistemology”, New Mexico Texas Philosophical Society, Presidential Address, In South1vest Studies (forthcoming)
  12. Garbayo, L.“Constructability in mathematics: a counterfactual approach to Non-Euclidean geometries in Kant’s philosophy of imagination”. In Southwest Philosophical Studies. Forthcoming.
  13. Symposium on Mathematical Logic. Proceedings online at:
  14. Garbayo, L. ‘Schematism and subsumption in Klein’s Erlanger Program.’ The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic. “2008: 30th Anniversary of the Centre for Logic, Epistemology and the History of Science, UNICAMP, XV EBL -15th Brazilian Logic Conference XIV SLALM-14th Latin-American


Book Chapters

  1. Expert Disagreement & measurement. Philosophical disunity in logic, epistemology and philosophy of science. Chapters 1 -11, Springer (Under Contract).
  2. Garbayo, L. “For an ethical metrics in public health.” book chapter, (In Portuguese) Sergio Rego et al (Ed.), Justice and Public Health, National School of Public Health Publishing House (forthcoming)