Current Officers

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D


Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Professor of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe is also the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Dr. Wolpe’s scholarly work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of biotechnology on the human condition. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. He is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. He is the Co-Chair of the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Ethics Processes and sits on many national and international committees, such as Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Selection Committee and DARPA’s Neuroscience ELSI Panel. Dr. Wolpe won the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a TED Talk, was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior.

Christine Mitchell RN, MS, MTS, FAAN

President Elect


Christine Mitchell is Executive Director of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School where she teaches in both the Master’s and Fellowship programs and directs the capstone fieldwork program. Prior to leading the Center for Bioethics with Dr. Robert Truog, she founded the clinical ethics program at Boston Children’s Hospital, directing the ethics consultation service and chairing the Ethics Advisory Committee for over 30 years. Her research has focused on ethics consultation, and public engagement in policies regarding resource allocation related to major natural disasters or pandemics. Christine has served on numerous national committees and commissions, including the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities’ Clinical Ethics Consultation Committee, the Ethics Committee for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Ethics Management Team for the Human Brain Project funded by the European Commission. Her published work includes documentary films, including one nominated for an Academy Award, as well as articles related to nursing ethics, clinical ethics consultation, and ethical issues in pediatrics.

Arthur R. Derse, M.D., J.D.


Arthur R. Derse, M.D., J.D., is Director of the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and is Julia and David Uihlein Professor of Medical Humanities, and Professor of Bioethics and Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award. He is former chair of the National Ethics Committee of the Veterans Health Administration and of the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He served as Senior Consultant for Academic Affairs at the American Medical Association’s Institute for Ethics and as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Law and Aging. His publication and research has focused on emergency medicine and ethics, confidentiality, informed consent, end-of- life decision-making, and the doctor-patient relationship. He is co-author of the Code of Ethics of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Practical Ethics for Students, Interns and Residents: A Short Reference Manual 4th Edition.

D. Micah Hester, Ph.D


D. Micah Hester, PhD, is chief of the Division of Medical Humanities and professor of medical humanities and pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and clinical ethicist at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He has published numerous books and articles in the areas of patient-provider relationships, pragmatic bioethics, end-of-life care, pediatric ethics, and ethics committees and consultation. He has served on the Board of the America Society for Bioethics and Humanities and is past president of the William James Society. He also developed and coordinates the Pediatric Ethics Consortium (, a nation group of professionals interest in the ethical issues of pediatric medical care.

Colleen M. Gallagher, PhD, LSW, FACHE

Member at Large

Colleen M. Gallagher, PhD, LSW, FACHE is the Executive Director and Chief of the Section of Integrated Ethics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy at The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has worked in the fields of social work and health care ethics since 1985. As the Section Chief of Integrated Ethics, Dr. Gallagher oversees a network of clinical rounds, ethics consults and research. She has authored and co-authored peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and made presentations on a broad range of topics in the field of health care ethics. She holds appointments on various national and international committees, including Food and Drug Administration Molecular Devices Committee, International Ethics Expert for both UNESCO Chair in Science and Technology and UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights. She has served as Co-Chair of Clinical Ethics Consultation Affairs Committee for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and as Ethicist for the Healthcare Quality Professional Task Team of the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

Amy Lynn McGuire, J.D., Ph.D.

Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D

Past President


Amy L. McGuire, J.D., Ph.D. is the Leon Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. Her research explores legal and ethical issues in genomics, with a particular focus on genomic research ethics and the ethical and policy issues related to the clinical integration of emerging technologies. Her research is funded by the NIH-NHGRI, NCI, and NICHD. She served as a member of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research from 2011-2015, and in 2014 she presented a TedMed talk titled “There is no genome for the human spirit.” Dr. McGuire is on the program committee for the Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics and was recognized in 2016 as a Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move.”

Barbara Juknialis, MA

Administrative Director

Lindsay Feuerman, BA,

Special Projects