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Bioethics Leaders Named Hastings Center Fellows

A pioneer in the exploration of neuroscience and society, a doctor focused on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions, and an internationally recognized leader in nursing ethics are among the newly elected Hastings Center Fellows in 2014. 

Hastings Center Fellows are an association of researchers from around the world whose distinguished contributions in their fields have been influential in bioethics. Fellows come from a wide range of disciplines, including medicine, nursing, the sciences, and law. The new Fellows bring the total to 202.  

Robert Baker, PhD is the William D. Williams Professor of Philosophy at Union College and director of Union’s Everyday Ethics Across the Curriculum Initiative. He is also a professor of bioethics and founding director of the bioethics program of Union Graduate College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. A four-time National Endowment for the Humanities awardee, Baker is founding chair of the Affinity Group on the History of Medical Ethics of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He is founding co-director and is on the faculty of a 12-year project funded by the Fogarty Center of the National Institutes of Health that uses e-education methods to train research ethicists in Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. His most recent book is Before Bioethics: A History of American Medical Ethics from the Colonial Period to the Bioethics Revolution.

Martha J. Farah, PhD, is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor in Natural Science and a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Founding director of Penn’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, she is director of the Center for Neuroscience & Society. Her current research focuses on the effects of childhood poverty on brain development and ethical issues emerging from advances in the neuroscience of cognition and emotion. She has published seven books, including Neuroethics: An Introduction with Readings and, with Anjan Chatterjee, Neuroethics in Practice: Mind, Medicine and Society. Among her many awards, she received the Society for Neuroscience Science Educator Award (2013) and was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2010). 

Chris Feudtner, MD, PhD, MPH, is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, historian, and ethicist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania who focuses on improving the lives of children with complex chronic conditions and their families. He is the director of the department of medical ethics at CHOP, where he is also an attending physician and director of research for the Pediatric Advance Care Team (which provides palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement services) and the Integrated Care Service (which cares for hospitalized children with chronic conditions and technology-dependent health care needs).He received the 2014 Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award in the mid-career category, as well as several other awards given by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. 

Susan Dorr Goold, MD, MHSA, MA, is a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan. Her areas of research include public perspectives on health and health care spending priorities, physicians and stewardship, and conflicts of interest in medicine and biomedical research. She studies the allocation of scarce health care resources, especially the perspectives of patients and citizens. She is co-developer of CHAT (Choosing Healthplans All Together), an allocation game that has been used by educators, community-based organizations, employer groups, and others in more than 20 U.S. states and several countries to engage the public in deliberations on health spending priorities. CHAT won the 2003 Paul Ellwood Award, and Goold's research using CHAT received the 2002 Mark S. Ehrenreich Prize for Research in Healthcare Ethics. She serves on the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and has held leadership positions in the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the International Society on Healthcare Priority Setting. 

Lori Gruen, PhD, is a professor of Philosophy; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University. She is also coordinator of Wesleyan Animal Studies and director of the university’s Ethics in Society project, which aims to develop and foster teaching, scholarship, and institutional reflection on the ethical challenges facing individuals and society. Gruen’s work lies at the intersection of ethical theory and ethical practice, with a particular focus on ethical issues that impact those often overlooked in traditional ethical investigations, e.g. women, people of color, non-human animals. She is the author most recently of Ethics and Animals: An Introduction.

Robert Klitzman, MD, is a professor of psychiatry in the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Joseph Mailman School of Public Health and the Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program. He co-founded and for five years co-directed the Center for Bioethics, and for was the director of the Ethics and Policy Core of the HIV Center. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Stem Cell Commission, and he is member of the international Ethics Working Group of the HIV Prevention Trials Network and the Research Ethics Advisory Panel of the U.S. Department of Defense.  His books include When Doctors Become Patients,Am I My Genes?: Confronting Fate and Family Secrets in the Age of Genetic Testing, and The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). 

Tia Powell, MD, is director of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, director of the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics, and a professor of clinical epidemiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. She served four years as executive director of the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law. She has worked with the Institute of Medicine on multiple projects related to public health disasters, including as co-chair of the IOM report on antibiotics for an anthrax attack. Powell is a 2013-14 Health and Aging Policy Fellow and she serves on an IOM workgroup on Normal Cognitive Aging. A board certified psychiatrist, she is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association.

Rosamond Rhodes, PhD, is a professor of medical education and director of bioethics education at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; professor of philosophy at The Graduate Center, CUNY; and professor of bioethics and associate director of the Union-Mount Sinai Bioethics Program. She is co-editor of The Human Microbiome: Ethical, Legal and Social Concerns, The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics, Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care, and Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate

Cynda Hylton Rushton, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a professor of nursing, with a joint appointment in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. She is a founding member and core faculty of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and co-chair of the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Ethics Consultation Service. She is internationally recognized as a leader in nursing ethics and an expert in palliative and end-of-life care. She has provided leadership in numerous nursing and interdisciplinary organizations including the Board of Directors of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics, and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Increasing Organ Donation and as a consultant to the IOM’s project “When Children Die.”