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New Hastings Fellows Elected

The Hastings Center is pleased to announce the election of 18 new Fellows. Hastings Center Fellows are a group of individuals of outstanding accomplishment whose work has informed scholarship and/or public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research, and the environment.

Robert Cook-Deegan, MD, is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and with the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University. Previously, he founded and directed Duke University’s Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy. He worked at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine; the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Human Genome Research; and the congressional Office of Technology Assessment. He is the author of The Gene Wars: Science, Politics, and the Human Genome (1996) and more than 300 other publications.

Arthur R. Derse, MD, JD, FACEP, is the director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, the Julia and David Uihlein Chair in Medical Humanities, and a professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a board member of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors and of the American Society for Law, Medicine and Ethics, a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and served as chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Derse is chair of the ethics committee of Froedtert Hospital, the adult university hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin, and he is the founder and moderator of the nationally recognized MCW Bioethics discussion forum. His research has focused on emergency medicine and ethics, law and bioethics, confidentiality, informed consent, end-of-life decision-making, and the doctor-patient relationship.

Raymond De Vries, PhD, is the associate director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine at the University of Michigan and a professor in the department of learning health sciences and the Department of obstetrics and gynecology. He is also a visiting professor at CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care, University of Maastricht, in the Netherlands. He studies the regulation of science and the production of scientific knowledge; clinical trials of genetic therapies; the export of western moral traditions to non-Western societies; and the social, ethical, and policy issues associated with the medicalization of pregnancy and birth. He is author of A Pleasing Birth: Midwifery and Maternity Care in the Netherlands (2005), and co-editor of Bioethics and Society: Constructing the Ethical Enterprise (1998), The View from Here: Bioethics and the Social Sciences (2007), Qualitative Methods in Health Research (2010) and a special issue of Social Science and Medicine (2013) on the practice of bioethics in a variety of cultural settings.

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, PhD, is a disability justice and culture thought leader, bioethicist, teacher, and humanities scholar. Her 2016 editorial, “Becoming Disabled,” was the inaugural article in the ongoing weekly series in the New York Times about disability by people living with disabilities. She is a professor of English and bioethics at Emory University, where she teaches disability studies, bioethics, American literature and culture, and feminist theory. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities to bring forward disability access, inclusion, and identity to a broad range of institutions and communities. She is co-editor of About Us: Essays from the New York Times about Disability by People with Disabilities (forthcoming) and the author of Staring: How We Look (2009) and several other books. Her current project is Embracing Our Humanity: A Bioethics of Disability and Health.

Michele Bratcher Goodwin, JD, LL.M, is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine, and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. Goodwin is one of the nation’s leading experts on health law, regulation, and policy. Her scholarship has been featured in Politico, the Washington Post, and the New York Times, among other publications. She has written five books and more than 80 articles, essays, and book chapters, as well as numerous commentaries. She also serves on the executive committee and national board of the American Civil Liberties Union and is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Her scholarship focuses on ethics, markets, access, and privacy.

Amy Haddad, PhD, RN, is professor emerita in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. She is the immediate past president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. Her publications include Health Professional and Patient Interaction (2013, with Drs. Ruth Purtilo and Regina Doherty), Case Studies in Pharmacy Ethics (1999, with Drs. Robert Veatch and E. J. Last), and Case Studies in Biomedical Ethics— Decision- Making, Principles, and Cases (2010, with Drs. Robert Veatch and Dan English) and many book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics such as teaching and learning in health care ethics, professionalism, high-tech home care, and clinical ethics. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the American Journal of Nursing, the Journal of Medical Humanities, and the Annals of Internal Medicine, among other publications.

Insoo Hyun, PhD, is a professor of bioethics and philosophy at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and faculty member in the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. His research interests include ethical and policy issues in stem cell research and new biotechnologies. He received a Fulbright Research Award in 2005 to study the ethical, legal, and cultural dynamics of human research cloning in South Korea. In addition, Dr. Hyun has been involved for many years with the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), for which he has helped draft all of the ISSCR’s international research guidelines and has served as the chair of the Ethics and Public Policy Committee. Dr. Hyun is the author of Bioethics and the Future of Stem Cell Research (2013) and his articles have appeared in Nature, Science, Cell Stem Cell, and the Hastings Center Report, among many other publications.

Paul Kelleher, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of medical history and bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also holds an appointment in the philosophy department. Kelleher studies ethical and philosophical aspects of public policy, especially health and environmental policy. His published work explores issues concerning public health ethics, health and distributive justice, priority-setting and health care rationing, and the philosophical foundations of intertemporal welfare economics. He is writing a book on the ethics and economics of pricing carbon dioxide emissions in U.S. regulatory policy.

Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, PhD, is chief of the Division of Ethics and faculty in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University.  She is a medical anthropologist with extensive experience leading empirical bioethics research that focuses on the sociocultural and ethical dimensions of emerging genomic technologies.  Before coming to Columbia, Dr. Lee taught for nearly two decades at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at Stanford University. She leads studies on the governance and use of biospecimens and patient data in research and the ethics of inclusion and categorizing diversity in human genetic variation research and translational genomics.  Dr. Lee has served as chairperson of the institutional review board at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and on the NIH/NHGRI Coriell Consultation and Oversight Committee of the International Haplotype Map. She currently serves on both the scientific advisory and bioethics boards of the Kaiser Permanente National Research Biobank, the NIH/NHGRI Genomics and Society Working Group and on the editorial board of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics. 

S. Matthew Liao, D.Phil, is the Arthur Zitrin Chair of Bioethics, director of the Center for Bioethics, professor of global public health, and an affiliated professor in the philosophy department at New York University. He is the editor of Moral Brains: The Neuroscience of Morality (2016) and author of The Right to Be Loved; The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (forthcoming), and more than 50 articles in philosophy and bioethics.  He has given TED and TEDx talks in New York and Switzerland, and he has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, BBC, Harper’s Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, Scientific American, and other media outlets.

Mark R. Mercurio, MD, MA, is the director of the program for biomedical ethics and a professor of pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, and a member of the medical faculty for the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. He is also chief of neonatal-perinatal medicine at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and leads the Yale pediatric ethics program there.  He is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Bioethics, and on the editorial boards for the six-volume text Bioethics (formerly the Encyclopedia of Bioethics) and the journal Pediatric Ethiscope.

Paul S. Mueller, MD, MPH, FACP, is a regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System and leads its practice and operations in Southwest Wisconsin. He is also a staff consultant in the division of general internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Mayo Clinic Health System. He holds the rank of professor in both Medicine and Biomedical Ethics in the Mayo Clinic Alix College of Medicine and Science. His research focuses on ethical dilemmas associated with life-sustaining technologies, especially implantable cardiovascular devices. He has authored or co-authored nearly 130 peer-reviewed publications and hundreds of book chapters, abstracts, letters, and columns.

Alondra Nelson, PhD, is the president of the Social Science Research Council and a professor of sociology at Columbia University. A scholar of science, technology, and social inequality, she is the author most recently of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016). Her publications also include an article in the British Journal of Sociology on history, genetic genealogy, and the GU272, a reconciliation project with descendants of slaves owned by Georgetown University (2018), and the books Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination (2011); Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012); and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (2001). Nelson has been elected to the American Academy of Political and Social Science and the Sociological Research Association. Chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology, she has contributed to national policy discussions about the social implications of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, and human gene editing.

Illah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD, is the K&L Gates Professor of Ethics and Computational Technologies, director of the Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment lab, and the associate director for robotics faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. His current research projects explore community-based robotics, including educational and social robotics and ways to use robotic technology to empower individuals and communities. He is the author of Robot Futures and Parenting for Technology Futures (2015) and coauthor of Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots (2011). He is a World Economic Forum Global Steward and a member of the Global Future Council on the Future of AI and Robotics and the IEEE Global Initiative for the Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.

Carla Saenz, PhD, is the regional bioethics advisor at the Pan American Health Organization, the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. She is responsible for PAHO’s regional program on bioethics. She has contributed to numerous ethical guidance documents (including the development of PAHO’s Zika ethics guidance) and advised more than 15 ministries of health in Latin America and the Caribbean on issues that have shaped their laws and practices, ranging from research with human subjects to allocation of resources for universal health care.

Anita Tarzian, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Nursing. She is also affiliated with University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as Program Coordinator for the Maryland Healthcare Ethics Committee Network, which is administered through the Law and Healthcare Program. She has worked as a research and ethics consultant since 1998, providing guidance and consulting services in clinical ethics, research ethics, and research methods. Her scholarship, teaching, and mentorship have centered on clinical ethics (including standards for health care ethics consultation), palliative care, end-of-life care, disability rights, and evidence-based practice in these areas.

Ross Upshur, MA, MD, M.Sc, is the head of the division of clinical public health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, the scientific director of the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation, and the associate director of the Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has served on many national and international advisory bodies and ethics committees for the Public Health Agency of Canada, the World Health Organization, and Doctors without Borders. His research focuses on the intersection of primary care and public health.

Keith Andrew Wailoo, PhD, is the Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University where he teaches in the history department and in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the chair of the history department and former vice dean in the Woodrow Wilson School.  He is an award-winning author on a wide range of topics, including drugs and drug policy; race, science, and health in the United States; and history, health policy, and medical affairs most generally.  In 2007, Wailoo was elected to the National Academy of Medicine.